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Working with Your Rough Cut

Now that you have some clips in your video, you can have fun adjusting and tweaking them. Here are some of the iMovie tools you can use to improve your rough cut:

  • Zoom in and out. Pinch or squeeze the video clips in your sequence to get a better view.
  • Moving clips. Move a clip in the video by simply touching and dragging it to a new location. By moving it out of the sequence area entirely, you can delete it.
  • Trimming. To trim a clip, tap it to reveal yellow duration bars at the beginning and the end of the clip. Then drag the bars right or left to lengthen or shorten the clip (see Figure 11).
  • Clip settings. Tapping a clip twice opens a clip settings menu, with features for adding titles and adjusting volume. You can also delete a clip with this option.
  • Audio recorder. The audio recorder is a handy, intuitive tool that lets you record your own voice over the video. Simply hit the Record button and follow the easy steps to add voiceover (start, stop, accept, retake).
  • Transitions. The boxes between your clips represent the transitions. Tap a box twice to open the Transition Settings box, which allows you to select the type and length of transition you want—including no transition, if you don't want one at all (see Figure 12).
  • Adjusting audio levels. Tapping a clip twice (audio or video), lets you change the audio levels. This feature is especially useful if you're mixing audio—using music, voiceover, and the natural audio from the clip.
  • Titling. Also under the clip settings button (tap the clip twice), the titling feature allows you to choose from several styles (or none) for titles in your project. Once you select to have a title (opening, middle, or end), you'll get a text box to type in the text. Tapping the text box brings up a keyboard.
  • The location title is handy for showing where your picture was shot, or you can simply use it as a second line of text.

  • Undo. Shaking your phone will bring up an Undo option (see Figure 13). You can undo as many changes as you made since the last time the project was opened.
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