How to save and start a new project and timeline

-Go to file and find the “open library” option. When you scroll over it a dropdown menu should appear to the side of the “open library” words.  You will want to select “new” Creating a new library is creating a folder or destination for all of your work that is related to your project to be saved.

- A dialog box will show up and this is where you will name your project and select the destination, your portable drive, you want to save your project.

Once you hit save, the box will go away and a new project folder will appear on the left hand side of the iMovie screen in the library box.

If you click on the triangle to expand the folder, two items will appear. A year, which is how iMovie organizes the events (projects) by the dates they were created, and a new event (project), which is another name for a timeline. It will be defaulted to the name being the date the event was created.

Double click on the date and change the name to be what the name of your assignment is or overall project.

After that is created you will now want to create a timeline (movie), which is where all of the editing is actually going to done in. 

-On the top part of the screen, more towards the left hand side, you will see two buttons. A plus sign that says new under it and a down arrow that says import. Click on the new button to create a new movie (timeline)

-Once you click it, a drop down menu will appear and you will want to select movie, not trailer.

-A theme box will pop up and you will want to stay with the default setting no theme. Click on the create button on the lower right hand corner of this screen.

-This is where you will want to name your timeline (movie) and select what event (project) it should be associated with. For you, there will only be one event to choose from probably.

-Your newly created timeline will appear in the upper part of the screen. If you have multiple timelines in the project, they will all be viewable up there.

Import media using the Import window

1.     If the media you want to import is on an external storage device, connect it to your Mac and turn it on.

2.     Click the Import button in the toolbar.

In the Devices section of the Import window sidebar, select the device you want to import media from.

The contents of the device appear in a list at the bottom of the Import window. You can select clips individually in list view, and a preview of the selected clip appears at the top of the Import window.

You can do any of the following:

  • Sort clips in list view by data such as duration, creation date, size, and so on: Click the column headings at the top of list view.
  • Add a folder of frequently used media to the Favorites section: Drag a folder from the list on the right to Favorites in the sidebar.
  • Remove a folder from Favorites: Control-click the folder and choose Remove from Sidebar from the shortcut menu.

To preview video, move the pointer over the preview at the top of the Import window and click the Play button Description:

You can also click the Previous or Next button to go to the previous or next clip, or click and hold the Previous or Next button to rewind or fast-forward. 

Select one or more clips

Selecting clips is the first step in building your movie.

Select a clip

·       In the browser: Double-click the clip.

A yellow border appears around the clip. The duration of the clip is shown in the upper-left corner of the filmstrip. 

·       In the timeline: Click the clip.

A yellow border appears around the clip, and the playhead moves to the point where you clicked.

Select a range in the browser

·       Skim a clip, and drag across the portion you want to select.

A yellow border appears around the range you selected, with handles on each side.

Select a range in the timeline

You can drag within the bottom half of a clip in the timeline to select a range. Dragging in the top half of a clip in the timeline moves the clip.

1.     In the timeline, position the pointer in the bottom half of a clip where you want to begin the selection.

The pointer changes to the Range Selection pointer Description:

2.     Drag left or right across the clip, and release the mouse or trackpad button when you complete your selection.

A yellow border appears around the selection, with handles on each side.

Note: You can’t select a range across clip boundaries.