Category: Editing

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Tip: Resize Media Pane

(One aspect of book production is that there’s a finite amount of space to work with. As a result, some tips didn’t make it into the print edition of the latest edition. Here’s one; more are on the way.) Both iMovie HD 6 and iDVD 6 leave little room in their respective Media panes to ...

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14 Hours of Student Flms

Want to learn about what makes good filmmaking? Be a screener for a festival: Self-Reliant Filmmaking » 14 hours of student films. The students making the selections want to be filmmakers themselves, and I think they probably learned as much about filmmaking from those 14 hours as they did from any single course they’ve taken. ...

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Final Cut Express HD 3.5 Goes Universal

[Cross-posted at TidBITS.] Apple today released Final Cut Express HD 3.5, an update that brings Intel compatibility and a few welcome improvements to the company’s intermediate video editor. Until recently, the Final Cut family wouldn’t run at all on Intel-based Macs; Apple released Final Cut Studio 5.1 in April, which includes universal versions of Final ...

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17-inch MacBook Pro Announced

I’ve had my head buried in work lately, so I almost missed Apple’s announcement of the 17-inch MacBook Pro yesterday. Although not a surprise that it would be coming, I’m happy to see a few features that make this laptop a great portable video studio: FireWire 800, a 4x double-layer SuperDrive, three USB ports, and ...

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Combining iMovie HD Projects

Graham from Sydney, Australia asks: iMovieHD/iDVD5 VQS Pge 221 sidebar. I work in PAL HDV 1080i and tried dragging one of my 5 10 minute movies to a new imovieHD project and got message ‘the file could not be imported. QuickTime couldn’t parse it”. My workaround to get a combo movie was to first convert ...

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Add Titles to the Middle of Clips

iMovie HD 6 has a great new—but subtle—feature. In earlier versions, if you wanted to add a title to the middle of a clip, you needed to first position your playhead, choose Split Clip at Playhead from the Edit menu, and then drag a title to that location. In the new version, simply position the ...

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No CD Import in iMovie HD 6

I just realized that iMovie HD 6 no longer lets you import music directly from a compact disc. It’s not that surprising, since Apple wants everyone to use iTunes for everything. And it’s not surprising that I just ran across this, considering that I hardly ever buy CDs, much less pull music from them directly ...

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iMovie Speed on MacBook Pro

As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve been using a MacBook Pro on loan from Apple. My review of it appears in today’s Seattle Times: Mac’s first Intel-driven laptop: A taste of speed. Using the MacBook Pro normally doesn’t feel all that speedy; things feel a bit more peppy, but nothing mind-blowing. However, I did a few ...

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A Heap of Editing Advice

Robert Hogan passes along some great editing advice as he works on his film Los Tres Cabrones: Make the hard sacrifices to keep it short. Just because a scene is pretty doesn’t mean you should spend five minutes on a scene that could achieve the same impact in two minutes. If your shot contains action ...

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Add Photos and Transitions without Killing Audio

Chuck writes: I want to insert a photo into my video clip and maintain the original audio. Everything works fine until I add transitions at either end of the photo which results in the loss of synchronization between the audio and video. Is this possible to achieve in iMovie HD or am I barking up ...