Macworld Masterclass: Personalise an iMovie project

Take control of the creative process with themes, transitions and audio

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  • Annotated Screenshot 1 Intro
  • Step 01 Step 1: Project Settings
  • Step 02 Step 2: Theme Tune
  • Step 03 Step 3: Changing transitions
  • Step 04 Step 4: Music corner
  • Step 05 Step 5: Sound effects
  • Step 06 Step 6: Volume Slider
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Intro

iMovie automatically adds transitions between every clip you add in the timeline, which may look nice some of the time, but it isn’t always desirable. One occasion where it’s often effective is at the start and end of your film, so the image gradually (and cinematically) fades from and to black, but that doesn’t happen by default. 

In this tutorial, we’ll focus on making modifications to a basic iMovie project. Through the careful use of various options we’ll add a little character and make the clip truly your own. We’ll also look at how iMovie handles different audio clips, from sounds to songs, as well as checking how you can alter an audio file’s volume (whether it’s a separate sound file or audio embedded in a video clip). Finally, we’ll add a theme to our project and see how that affects the work we’re doing.

Vital Info

Device: iPad
Difficulty: Beginner
Time required: 20 mins

What you need: 

iMovie (£2.99) 
OS 5.1 or later

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iMovie automatically adds transitions between every clip you add in the timeline, which may look nice some of the time, but it isn’t always desirable. One occasion where it’s often effective is at the start and end of your film, so the image gradually (and cinematically) fades from and to black, but that doesn’t happen by default. 

In this tutorial, we’ll focus on making modifications to a basic iMovie project. Through the careful use of various options we’ll add a little character and make the clip truly your own. We’ll also look at how iMovie handles different audio clips, from sounds to songs, as well as checking how you can alter an audio file’s volume (whether it’s a separate sound file or audio embedded in a video clip). Finally, we’ll add a theme to our project and see how that affects the work we’re doing.

Vital Info

Device: iPad
Difficulty: Beginner
Time required: 20 mins

What you need: 

iMovie (£2.99) 
OS 5.1 or later

 

Step 1: Project Settings

The cog wheel icon in the top-right corner of iMovie’s interface offers various options, which can be turned on or off. You can, for example, choose to have your project fade in from or fade out to black, loop background music or add theme music to your video.

 

Step 2: Theme Tune

A theme offers a package of effects for your project, including transitions and music. But by default each transition will remain a simple cross dissolve. To select a theme, use the thumbnails at the top of the Project Settings menu. Eight are available: drag your finger to select one.

 

Step 3: Changing transitions

Double-tap on a transition in your project to open up its settings. From there, you can choose to remove it entirely (pick None) or change the cross dissolve to the chosen theme’s transition. If you change your theme, this transition will be altered automatically to match the new theme.

 

Step 4: Music corner

If you turn Theme Music on in the cog wheel menu, that tune will automatically be added to your project. However, you can tap on the Music button and choose from any song present on your iPad. You can also select a different theme’s soundtrack if you like.

 

Step 5: Sound effects

Background music is placed in your project’s background, from beginning to end. In Sound Effects, any short audio file will appear as a blue banner beneath your video clips. You can tap and hold to select and then drag it to a different position, and trim it to make it shorter.

 

Step 6: Volume Slider

With background music, your clip’s own audio track and those sound effects, it can get a little noisy. Double-tap on any clip to bring up a new menu. Depending on which item you’ve tapped, you’ll be presented with different options, but they all have a volume slider and a mute button.

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