This video tutorial, by the Rowan University Libraries Digital Scholarship Center, introduces users to creating videos using iMovie, a free video editing application by Apple. This easy to use software can help you quickly create student projects and instructional videos for online or blended learning. This specific video tutorial is the second in the series and introduces learners to importing media files and using iMovie's tools such as adding titles and transitions, cropping media, and adding text.
Closed captions available through the video's button. The transcript appears below.
Hi and welcome to our series on creating
a video project
using iMovie, my name is Mike Benson.
In this vide o we're going to explore
importing our media files and we'll
also start to use some of the more
common iMovie tools.
In our last iMovie tutorial we left off
a couple files. We want to start with a
so we will delete the two files in the
by selecting the files and then pressing
the delete button. We will then hold down
the control key and then select each
in the browser to show a pop-up menu.
From here we will select delete media
In this tutorial we are going to create
a short video about the beach.
I have captured photos and footage from
a variety of beaches
using my mobile phone and a canon
DSLR camera. I have also downloaded
media files from websites such as
and freemusicarchive.org. The links to
these websites are available below
in this video's description.
Before we get started with using the
iId like to recommend an organizational
Creating a video project requires
capturing or collecting
a lot of audio images and video files.
To help with your organization you
should organize your files
in separate folders. For example, put all
of your audio files in a folder called
put all of your image files in a folder
and of course put all your video files
in a folder
called video. You can also use subfolders
to further organize your files.
Once you have your files organized in
I recommend creating a new folder called
This folder will be used to organize all
of the files that you want to use in
into a linear easy to follow format.
You want to place the files in the order
that they will appear
in your movie. Here I placed the files
left to right.
Once the files are lined up, rename the
in numerical order use the following
zero zero one, zero zero two,
zero zero three, zero zero four,
and so on. Be sure to use
at least a three digit numbering system
with the far left number
always being zero.
Doing this will ensure that the numbers
will remain in numerical order. If you do
organizational step first, when you
import your files
into the video editing software your
files will already be in the order that
you want them to appear
in the video. Doing this simple step will
help you stay
organized and it will save you a
tremendous amount of time.
To import your files into iMovie select
this icon. You can also import your files by going
file menu, and then select import media.
Then select all of the files located in
your storyboard folder.
You can select all the files by holding
the shift key,
then selecting the first file then
and selecting the last file.
You can also import your files by going
to your storyboard folder
and dragging the files to the iMovie
Once you have added the files they will
show up here in the browser.
You can make sure your files are in the
right order by pressing the control key
and then clicking in this area to see
From here select "sort clips by name"
and "ascending order."
We can now start to add the files to our
Because of our earlier work to organize
they will already be in the correct
order. Let's drag the first couple
rows to the timeline.
We can add a title by going to the
Let's select the center title which we
in front of our first clip. The title
appears in the Viewer where we can edit
the text. iMovie provides a variety of
options to format the text. For example we can change the font, the
and the color.
We can also add transitions between
clips, which can create a smoother
or more jarring transition from clip to
To add a transition, go to the "Transition"
We'll select "Cross dissolve" and then
drag it between a few clips.
iMovie provides a variety of transitions.
The first four options are great tried
and trusted standard transitions.
The rest are decorative.
Using transitions be sure to select
that match the feel of your content.
iMovie will allow us to crop the
dimensions of an
image or video or apply an animation
effect called the Ken burns Effect. To
a photo, to match the dimensions of the
select the image, and then go to the crop
From here select "Crop to Fill"
and then reposition the image
To use the Ken Burns Effect, select an
and then select the crop tool then
select the Ken Burns tab
and reposition the start box and end box.
I want to draw the viewer into the photo
as if they were walking down the path,
so I'm positioning the start box at the
center of the image and the end box
The speed of the animation is determined
by the length of the clip
so you might need to adjust the clip by
dragging the right end of the clip
to make it longer.
Let's play the clip to see how it looks.
In our next iMovie tutorial we will
clipping video, adding and adjusting an
such as music, and we'll explore more
Hope to see you there.