Category: Tips

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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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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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How to Reinstall iMovie HD 5

Is iMovie HD 6 not working out for you? Bruce passes along a tip for how to reinstall iMovie HD 5 if you’ve already upgraded to iLife ’06. Don’t forget to rename your iMovie application first. You think it would be as easy as running the iLife ’05 installer and doing a custom install for ...

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Two New Take Control Ebooks

I’ve been editing like a mad thing lately, but now that work is being rewarded. Two more Take Control ebooks are now available, both edited by me. And though neither directly deals with iMovie, they’ll probably interest you enough to check them out. Take Control of Recording with GarageBand, by Jeff Tolbert ($10) will help ...

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Take Control of Mac OS X Backups

This isn’t an iMovie-specific post, but it does concern you if you’re running Mac OS X. I’m thrilled to announce that Joe Kissell’s latest ebook Take Control of Mac OS X Backups has just been released! I was the editor for this title, my first in the Take Control series. I’m particularly fond of this ...

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Ken Burns Zoom Out Speed

Fellow author Jim Heid is working on his Macintosh iLife ’04 book and wondered if I’d encountered the following problem: when you zoom out in a photo, the zoom affect starts slow and then ends quickly and abruptly. He writes: There seems to be a problem with the Ken Burns effect in iMovie 4: If ...

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iMovie 4 Tip: Exporting Selected Audio Clips

My colleague Glenn and I discovered an interesting iMovie 4 tip today. He needed to edit a short bit of audio that he had captured on his iPod (using a Belkin voice recorder), so we pulled it into iMovie to take advantage of the new audio track waveforms. After isolating the section of audio he ...

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Non-Productive Tip of the Day: Jamming on the Snapping Sound

When you use iMovie 4’s Timeline snapping feature, the program makes a little “pop” noise to indicate that the Playhead has snapped to an edit point. But let’s just say that you’re tired of that unobtrusive pop. That sound is just an AIFF audio file. So, just to see if I could use my own ...