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Editing with iMovie 8.0

There are also Final Cut Express 4 instructions




  1. Shoot video on a standard digital camera, remove the flash card and plug it into a card reader, copy the MOV file to your desktop
    If your file is in another format (such as AVI, which iMovie doesn’t understand) there is a program called Visual Hub on some computers to convert it.
  2. Launch iMovie
  3. Create a New Project (under the File menu) & give it a name. In that dialog box, make sure to choose the aspect ratio (eg. 4:3 or 16:9) that matches your clips. Choose Theme: None and choose no Cross-Dissolve. Save the project on your computer, not a network or flash drive (too slow).

Edit Clips:

  1. TrimmerImport your video file(s) by going under the File menu to Import -> Movies…
    In resulting dialog box, make sure iMovie creates a New Event, give it a name and specify “Large” as the “Optimize Video” setting
  2. View your imported clips in the Event Browser
  3. Use the playhead (“Skimmer”) to isolate an approximation of the clip you want to edit. Drag this clip selection to the Project Window.
  4. Hover over this clip in the Project Window and click on the small white “gears” icon that pops up. Click on Clip Trimmer. Now, precisely isolate (trim) the clip you want. Click on the Project Window to get back.
  5. Do the same to other clips, adding them to the Project Window in sequence.

Edit Audio

  1. Boost audio, if necessary, by clicking the Info button button on this toolbar Info button and changing the Volume under the Audio tab.


  1. Normally we use straight cuts in journalism, but you might want to use a cross-dissolve in some situations. Click the Title tool tool on this toolbar Info button. Drag the Cross-Dissolve transition to a spot between clips.


  1. To attach names to people or to make an introductory message. Click the Title tool tool on this toolbar Info button.  Drag the “Lower Thirds” transition to a spot over your clip in the Project Window. Adjust the handles on the title strip to show the titles at the proper time in the clip. Click on the title text itself in the Viewer. Choose Verdana as the typeface. Leave it as bold, but turn off the outline (located beside italic and underline). Edit the text.


Export & Upload

Decide which hosting service you want to use. More people are likely to view/comment on your video on YouTube. But Blip.tv or Vimeo generally offer larger files and better quality.

  1. Get a screenshot of one frame of your video to use as a still image preview JPG. Use the full-frame preview button Play button. Advance your edited video to a frame you want. On your keyboard hit Apple key+Shift+3. Draw a box and release the mouse button. A file called “Screenshot xx” will appear on your Desktop. Open this file in your image editor (eg. Fireworks), resize to about 400 pixels wide & export it as a JPG.
  2. Get the password from the Manual passwords page.
  3. Upload:
    1. If YouTube:
      • YouTubeIn iMovie go under the Share menu and choose “YouTube …”
      • Add the “unewseditor” account
      • Change the category to “News & Politics” & fill in the Title and Tags.
      • Write a Desciption. Be exact about date and location. Many YouTube viewers won’t know what “SMU” is, for example. If there is more to the story on UNews, be sure to provide the headline and URL.
      • Size to Publish is “Large”.
      • It will take a few minutes. Even when it uploads, YouTube needs time to convert it to a different format.
      • Go to YouTube and login with the UNews account. Go to the upper right-hand and choose our account “unews08” and select “My Videos.” Find your video. Click “View Comments, Related Videos and more” and get the embed code.
  4. Put the code into WordPress:
    1. Head back into the UNews CMS
      • Paste this embed code into the HTML of your WordPress post