Category: Editing


Errata: Rotating Video Clips

On page 29 of iMovie 4 & iDVD 4 for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide, I wrote the following tip: Remember that a camcorder isn’t like a still camera. I’ve seen people rotate the camcorder 90 degrees as they would a still camera in an effort to shoot a “taller” image. Unfortunately, no matter ...


Editing 30 fps @ 140 mph

If you thought that carrying a PowerBook gave you the ability to edit on location, check out Geek My Ride, a Final Cut editing system built into a Lexus IS300. This concept car at Macworld Expo in Boston was put to the test by five editors, who were given 90 minutes in the hot seat, ...

i, an “exclusive film community for Mac filmmakers,” has just gone live. You’ll find a number of tips from my book there (added on a regular basis), along with advice, movies, and community discussions of iMovie and related topics.


Combining iMovie Projects

Janet writes: Jeff, I’m new at iMovie (version 4.0.01), and I sure do hope you can solve this mystery so I can complete a project. Here’s the situation. I’ve imported 4 DV’s, each to its own project, and now that I’ve edited each one I’m ready to import them all into a master project. But ...



I’m just about finished with a new book on iMovie and want to share a wee bit of whimsey. Some would call this clip a bit of vacation footage, but I prefer to think of it as a scene from a Star Trek episode. I didn’t think I’d ever actually use the Electricity effect, but ...


Combine iMovie Projects Using a Text Editor

A while back I wrote a piece for Macworld about how to combine iMovie projects… using a text editor! The final piece had to be edited down quite a bit for space, but I’ve put the original article online (which is referenced in the book) for anyone who needs to split a project into discreet ...


New Power Mac G5s

In case you didn’t see the news yesterday: Dual-Processor, Liquid-Cooled Power Mac G5s Announced (TidBITS). Speedy and quieter than current Mac towers? Sounds pretty good to me.


iMovie 4 Tips from Apple

While playing with a copy of iMovie 4 on the Macworld Expo show floor, I spied an “iMovie Tips” item in the iMovie menu, which leads to an Apple Web page of iMovie tips. Print it out for an easy reference, or to bone up on some of the changes in iMovie 4 when iLife ...


New Skywalker Sounds for .Mac Members

iMovie 3 already includes a bunch of sound effects from Skywalker Sound, but now .Mac members can get 13 more. Access your iDisk in the Finder, and open the Software folder. Open the new Members Only folder, then open the Skywalker Sounds folder. Copy the folder named “Skywalker Sounds from dotMac” to [Home]/Library/iMovie/Sound Effects. (You ...


Avid Free DV

Avid has finally made its iMovie competitor available (after touting it at Macworld Expo last January). Avid Free DV is a free 25.6 MB download.