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Video Editing Tutorials
Editing Video on the Mac

Final Cut Pro
IMovie



Final Cut Pro
In "Final Cut Pro", you can add video, still images or audio to your project by capturing video (see above) or by clicking on "File", "Import", "Files" and then selecting your video (or image, audio) file. The video file you imported should now appear with the rest of the videos in your project in the upper left hand window.

Near the bottom of the screen you should see the timeline titled "Sequence 1". This represents your final movie. You will drag and drop all of your video, audio and create all your titles on this timeline. You will edit all your video, audio and titles on this timeline, and the timeline contains the final edited video when you are ready to output to disk.

Drag and drop the video to the timeline window to the right of the box labeled "V1" (video track 1) by clicking and holding the image of the video you want to edit, dragging it down to the timeline window and releasing the mouse button. Your video is now on the video track. You should see your video file to the right of the "V1" box.

To Zoom in and out on timeline
The timeline has a time scale that may show for example 1 minute, 10 minutes, 1 hour" worth of video in the window. If you have a small video you will only need a small timescale to see the video (for example 1 minute for 1 minute of video). To zoom in on the timeline click "View" and "Zoom Out" or "Zoom In".

To move a video/audio file
To move a video or audio file simply click on the center of the file on the track and while still holding down the button move the video to the desired location. Also you can select a clip by clicking on the file on the track to select it, and pressing "control-c" to copy, "control-x" to cut, and "control-v" to paste somewhere else on the track.

To trim a video
Move the mouse icon to the edge of the video on the video track (audio and title tracks work the same way). You will see the icon change to a double arrow shape. You can now drag and drop the left or right edge to make the video shorter by pressing down on the left mouse button and moving the right edge to the left, or left edge to the right and then releasing the left mouse button.

To cut a video or audio
Click on the Razer button on the "Tool Palette" window on the right hand side, then click on the clip to split the clip into two pieces. If this window is not open click on "Window", "Show Tool Palette".

Add text to your video
double click on the clip on the timeline you want to add text to. You should see the clip in the "Viewer" window. In the bottom of the viewer window, click on the button with an"A" on it. Then click "text" and "text". Click on the "Controls" tab. You can now start typing text on to the screen. When you are done, drag and drop from the "Viewer" window with the text to the timeline, this will add your text to the timeline.

Adding transitions
Move the program pointer (the yellow arrow) to the part of the timeline where you want to add a transition (between 2 clips). You should see the mouse icon change to indicate that you are exactly between two clips (otherwise you will not be able to select any transitions). In the program bar on the top of the screen click "Effects", "Video Transitions" and select the transition you want to insert. (You can also add a transition directly to the timeline by clicking "Sequence", "Add Video Transisiton"). The transition should appear in the middle window of the top three windows. You can then change any parameters of the transition. You can drag and drop the transition from this window onto the clip you want to apply it to. You can also drag and drop the transition from clip to clip once the transition is on the timeline. To bring up the properties of the transition from the timeline, double click on the video transition on the timeline to open the transition window in the center on the top of the window.

Adding Audio and Audio Effects
To add an audio file (.wav, .mp3, etc") is the same as adding video, click "File", "Import", and select your audio file. Just like with video, you can then drag and drop the audio file, but this time to the "Audio/Music" track.

Timeline mark in and mark out
"Mark In" and "Mark Out" determine how much of your timeline will be rendered. On the lower right side of the top right window there are two arrows that are used to mark in and out. When you put the mouse over the arrows you should see the text "Mark In" and "Mark Out". Go to the place on the timeline that you want the video to start at and click "Mark In", go to the end of movie on the timeline and click "Mark Out". You can then preview that the marked in/out area by clicking "Play" on the right top window.

Previewing your movie in the "Monitor" window.
On the right is the window to preview your final movie. The controls are similar to most players, the right arrow is "play", and the other buttons control "rewind to beginning", "fast forward", etc" You can position the marker on the top of the timeline (the part with the numbers that shows the time of the timeline, for example 0:00:02.00) to the part of the video you want start previewing, and then click on the play button in the preview window to see the video from the part you marked. You can also drag the timeline marker forward and back to preview your finished video by hand.

IMovie
In "IMovie", you can import quicktime movies and audio clips, using "File", "Import". To make short unedited video you can use the "Clip Viewer" mode. To edit any clips you should change to the "Timeline Viewer" by clicking on the button on the lower left with the picture of the clock. Once you are in "Timeline Viewer" mode, you can drag and drop your clips onto the timeline.

To Zoom in and out on timeline
Move the control at the bottom left of the screen right of the word "Zoom:".

To move a video/audio file
Simply drag and drop the video on the timeline

To trim a video
Select the clip you want to trim by clicking on the clip that is on the timeline. The color of the clip should change once selected. Perhaps the easiest way to trim a clip is to split the clip in two places and delete the extra clips on both sides. To cut some part of a clip, move the triangle play head on the timeline to the point in the clip where you want to cut the clip. Click "Edit" and "Split video clip at play head". Another option is to move the mark in and mark out triangles on the preview window to the point where you want to start and end the clip and then click "Edit" and "Crop".

To cut a video or audio
Select the clip you want to trim by clicking on the clip that is on the timeline. The color of the clip should change once selected. To cut some part of a clip, move the triangle play head on the timeline to the point in the clip where you want to cut the clip. Click "Edit" and "Split video clip at play head".

Add text to your video
On the right hand side, click on the "Titles" button. From here you can click on various text styles, for example "Centered Title" in "Centered". In the two textboxes below type in the text you want to appear in the movie. You can click "Preview" to preview the text effect. Drag and drop the "Centered Title" "T" icon to the top track on the timeline.

Adding transitions
Click on the "Trans" button on the right hand side of the window. Choose the transition you want, for example "Fade In", and drag and drop the square icon on to the first track on the timeline where you want the transition to be.

Adding Audio and Audio Effects
You can import your own audio clips to the timeline by clicking "File", "import" and then browsing for the sound file. The sound clip can then be moved around the second timeline by holding the mouse button down on the clip and moving it with the mouse.

To lower or raise the volume of some clip, you can drag the purple audio line (initially found in the center of the clip) up or down on the clip. This line will appear on any video clip that has audio, and any audio clip. By clicking on the line in different places you can adjust the audio volume level at various parts in the video.

Timeline mark in and mark out
"Mark In" and "Mark Out" determine how much of your timeline will be rendered. In Imovie, the entire timeline is rendered, there is no option to render only a part of the timeline. You should edit your clips to the desired length before "sharing"/exporting the final video.

Previewing your movie in the "Monitor" window.
You can preview your movie in the preview movie by clicking on the triangle play button. The preview window functions just like any movie or tape player with rewind, play, etc"You can drag and drop the triangle play head to move to different locations in the movie.

"Undo"ing commands.
You can undo a large number of steps by clicking on "Edit", "Undo".

Exporting audio from video.
1. Click on Edit (looks like a pair of scissors).
2. Click on the timeline (looks like a clock).
3. Select the audio track that you want to export.
4. Go to File, and select "Share" (iLife '05) or "Export" (iLife '06).
5. Select the QuickTime tab.
6. Under "Compress Movie For," select Expert Settings.
7. Select Share.
8. Save under whichever name and location you wish to save it under.
9. Under "Export," select Sound to AIFF.
10. Under "Use," select Default Settings.
11. Select Save.


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