Back in the day when Apple was interested in DVDs and pioneered the creation of iDVD discs, iMovie was tightly integrated with that program. This allowed you to add chapter markers throughout your project so that your viewers could easily skip to the next scene while watching the film on their widescreen TV. But just because iDVD is on life support and Apple is more interested in online digital distribution doesn’t mean that chapter markers are no longer of any use. Yes, that feature was notoriously absent from the re-imagined iMovie back in 2007, but it made a comeback and it’s better than ever--although you wouldn’t know it by glancing at the interface. Read on to learn about using the hidden marker features in iMovie ’11.
Different videos call for different effects. When you want to show changes over a long-period of time, there’s time lapse, but when you want to show the detail in something that happens during a short period of time, you'll want to utilize the slow motion effect. We’ll show you how to pull this off with iMovie for Mac. Your homemade action films will look so much better.
The newly updated iLife suite for iPad rocks. iPhoto's new Journal feature is a nifty way to share photos with family and friends, and its new interface makes us wish that the Mac was getting its much needed iLife updated too. GarageBand also feels easier to use, and iMovie makes home videos more fun.
What good is a new Retina Display iPad without a bunch of Apple-created apps to go with it? To that end, the folks in Cupertino have offered up a host of updates to the current iWork, iMovie and GarageBand apps as well as porting yet another member of the iLife family to the tablet fold with iPhoto.
Words on the screen are there to display important information, from your film’s title, to a new location or even a list of credits. And given that you’re going to insert them throughout your project, they should be as interesting to look at as possible.
There are many reasons to make a home movie. Whether it’s to record your baby’s first words; capture that amazing inner talent as your child steps onto the stage for the first time; preserve the moment as your daughter walks down the aisle; record a rare family gathering where everyone was able to come; or just film the latest prank your mate’s about to pull. None of these would be possible without an iPhone or a home video camera and programs such as Apple’s iMovie.
High-definition video is everywhere. Every modern camcorder records at that resolution and even phones possess amazing lenses, such as the iPhone 4S. This means you’re never really without a camera – so you can end up recording even more footage. But there is a downside to this amazing quality: storage. Even the highly compressed videos taken with an iPhone take up more space than you’d think: 30 seconds from an iPhone 4 uses up a little over 40MB, whereas the same length on an iPhone 4S requires around 96MB due to its better resolution. Cameras shooting in AVCHD usually rake up 500MB for the same duration. At that rate, you don’t need to take a lot of video before you run out of room.
Once you’ve created a short film and put all your hard work into it, you need to build anticipation for your family blockbuster. After all, it’s a well-established tradition to create one (or more) trailers to lead the way for your film… although no one’s ever truly explained why they’re called trailers—aren’t trailers supposed to trail, not lead?
Generally, the screen is the viewer’s window into the film’s world and it behaves like human eyes: you see one image at a time. But film can be a lot more flexible than that. You can, in fact, be more creative and see more than one image at the same time, each battling for your attention or complementing one another. The most traditional reason to have two images side by side is for telephone conversations so you can see both people talking and, more crucially, their reaction to what they’re hearing.