iMovie and Digital Cameras
iMovie and Digital Video Cameras
  1.   iMovie and your class
    1.   Creating a movie
    2.   iMovie as a "slide show"
    3.   Student presentations
      1.   3rd grade history reports
      2.   4th grade PSA's
      3.   Washington Podcasts
    4.   Filming an event then editing
      1.   Washington Choir Concert
  2.   Equipment
    1.   Digital video camera - charged batteries
      1.   Basic operation.
    2.   DV film cassette
    3.   Sound equipment? If you can get it - it helps!
      1.   External microphones
      2.   Wireless microphones
    4.   Use your fastest computer with iMovie loaded
      1.   iMovie version issues. You can move up but not down.
      2.   Transfering iMovie files is time consuming. I do not recommend using a server.
  3.   Pre-filming
    1.   Plan
      1.   Start by writing a synopsis of the story.
      2.   Create storyboard: just like a comic strip. Not a lot of detail - this won't be saved. Note location, dialogue, narration.
        1.   Students need to get the "OK" to film in other locations.
      3.   Filming day:
        1.   1 day if possible, no last minute changes. The storyboard is the plan.
        2.   Coach "actors" to speak loud and clear and to the camera, not each other.
      4.   Consider the finished products desired
        1.   Video tape, DVD, web delivered?
          1.   The smaller the format (i.e. web delivered) closer "head shots" are the way to go.
  4.   Filming
    1.   Closer shots are best.
      1.   Film 3 times from different angles for multi camera effect. You can edit between them for the "back and forth" exchange.
    2.   When filming start early - run late. It's easy to edit out the extra footage later.
      1.   Give director's count down (5,4,3,2,1... start filming on 4)
      2.   Perfection is not the goal. Little mistakes are rarely even noticed.
    3.   Sound is important! Make sure the kids are loud enough. Be aware of background noise.
    4.   Storyboard sequence means nothing. This can be done while editing. Film in the most time efficient way.
  5.   Transferring video to computer
    1.   Locate camera scissors switch. Set to camera for video transferring.
    2.   Hook up and let it run. Operate the camera through iMovie.
      1.   Clips are made with each pause/record of the camera.
      2.   Take it all. You can edit out the junk later.
    3.   Once finished transferring, disconnect camera.
    4.   Do not work off server. Always save on computer.
  6.   iMovie Interface
    1.   Locate camera scissors switch again. Set to scissors for all editing.
    2.   Clip view and timeline view. Use clip view for cutting and croping, timeline for audio and aligning tracks.
    3.   Don't empty iMovie trash until absolutely finished.
  7.   Creating Your Masterpiece
    1.   Work from storyboard - stick to the plan.
    2.   Work in this order: clips - media (audio/photos) - editing (titles/transitions/effects). You may have to go back to align the extra audio tracks.
  8.   Clips
    1.   Create copies of clips to work with. Select the clip, Edit>Copy, Edit>Paste. Drag the copy to the bottom to work on it.
    2.   Using the edit tabs. Cut (delete) removes the yellow vs. crop (cmd+K) removes the blue.
      1.   Opps? Go Advanced>Revert Clip to Original.
    3.   Work with rough edits first. Get your clips in order. Cut or crop them close but not exact.
    4.   Once the rough copy is in place, cut and crop more precisely
  9.   Media
    1.   Audio
      1.   Use timeline view. add extra audio to track 2 or 3.
      2.   Adjust sound levels of each clip or entire movie.
      3.   Voice overs are possible if you didn't get clear sound or for narration.
      4.   Adding sound effects. Finding others.
      5.   Importing from another source
        1.   Extract audio
        2.   CD's
    2.   Photos
      1.   Adding stills. Adjusting timing.
  10.   Editing
    1.   Titles
      1.   "Over Black" is easiest to use. Careful not to get too carried away.
      2.   Removing titles.
  11.   Finishing up
    1.   Burn iMovies folder to DVD for archive (if <4.5gb). Delete from hard drive.
  12.   Tips
    1.   Start easy:
      1.   No transitions or effects
      2.   30 - 60 second finished movie
    2.   Students can do a lot of this
  13.   Additional Resources
    1.   Student iMovie examples non-SPPS