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Sunday, July 17, 2005

iMovie Class for NMUSD

So glad you made it to my blog. Since we are going digital (paperless) I thought it would be nice to have one central location to find all the help you need to make a movie.

Getting Help
A great resource is Atomic Learning.They can walk you through every step of making a movie. They have a very detailed section on Camera Basics where you can learn to shoot better pictures. Don't forget there is also help at the apple website and of course the help menu in iMovie itself. And don't forget, you can email me anytime!

Getting Started
A key in making a movie is to decide on the message you want to send and the audience you want to send it to. You can enhance student learning by using video to support curriculum for your students or you can help them synthesize what they have learned, having them express themselves "digitally". A movie can contain video, still photos, or student drawn pictures as well as voice overs, music or sound effects. You can see some excellent examples of movies made by students and teachers at ilife in the classroom. There is also a great handout with10 tips for Capturing Great Video

You can still make a movie without a video camera. You can capture photos with a camera or download images, video and sound from the internet. There are great (free) images at Kitzu.com
and images, video and sound at schoolhousevideo
and of course united streaming, but you do need to pay for an account for that.

Getting it into iMovie
Once you have the meat of your message, its time to put it together. There are 3 ways to import Footage:
1. Directly From the Camera-just plug in and hit the import button
2. From Your iPhoto Library-select the photo button or import from the file menu
3. From a disk or other file-Just drag and drop or use the import from the file menu. If i'm working with a lot of different media, I find it easier to put everything in its proper place (ie. still images in iPhoto, music or voice recordings in iTunes, etc.) before getting started in iMovie

Cleaning it up
Just a few notes on...(or things I've learned the hard way)
SAVE OFTEN!!! Also check the available memory at the bottom right hand corner. If that goes red you will have problems saving and it will quit on you. Make sure the trash is empty (and make sure you don't need any of it) to free up space.

On Editing...
Be aware that the Ken Burn's effect will be automatically applied to all still images you bring in.
You are suppose to be able to drag from the end of a clip to shorten it. Make sure your view is "big" in the timeline view and if it still doesn't work, then just split the clip and delete the part you don't want.

On Adding Titles...
Drag the name of the title (not the words you typed) to your clip viewer right on top of the image you want it on. It may split your clip, but don't worry it will still play seamlessly.

On Transitions...
If the red bar is still working on rendering your transition, you can't see your changes yet or save your movie.
Transitions eat up some of your clip time, so when you are filming try to remember to add extra footage-you can always cut down, but you can't stretch it out.

On Audio...
I usually wait until the end to do this, although you can lock your audio to your clip so it doesn't get separated when you do transitions (supposedly). One cool trick is to separate your clip and its audio, (Advanced-Extract Audio) then you can have narration over other images.

Getting it out of iMovie
In iMovie 5 (HD) it is File-Share (Export on earlier versions). Here you have a number of options. You'll probably most often use the QuickTime at CD-ROM or Full Quality.
To burn to a disk:
1. Insert your blank disk (-R). A pop up window might ask you if you want to open it. Just click okay.
2. Drag your movie to the disk. It will have a QuickTime icon and end in .mov Wait for it to copy over.
3. Drag your disk to the trash, which turns into a burn icon. Click burn.
4. Wait for it to finish burning and drag it to the trash to eject.


Blogger Lainie McGann said...

Hi Eva,

Thanks for using this tool. Great way to go paperless!

:) Lainie

4:08 PM  

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