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The Essentials of Movie Making

Editing video is one of the most complex tasks you will perform in iLife. Not that it’s technically difficult—iMovie HD, FireWire, and the latest video formats have made it easier than ever.

But editing video can be time consuming and labor intensive. Bringing media into iMovie HD, fine-tuning the length of clips, timing shots to match a music track, adding transitions and effects—it all takes time. But as a creative exercise, video editing is hard to beat.

If you’re new to video editing, start small. Create a short movie—between 30 and 90 seconds. Try your hand at a simple music video: some video, some still photos from iPhoto, and a music soundtrack from iTunes. Your first effort shouldn’t be an epic; it should be a short story, or even a single well-wrought paragraph. That’s the best way to learn the art and science of editing—and to appreciate its magic.

Video Editing: The Big Picture

Import Assets

Trim the Fat

Sequence Clips

Polish

Add Eye Candy

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