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iMovie '09 - Editing your video

Placing Footage in Your Project

  1. Click on a clip in the Event Browser – a yellow border will appear
  2. Drag the front and end of the yellow border so that the clip you want is completely enclosed
  3. Click on the clip and drag it to where you want it to go in the project
    • If you want your footage to be inserted between clips, drag until a green line appears where you want the clip to end up
    • Otherwise, drag the clip over the existing clips and drop it where you want it

What do the Replacement tools do?

  • Replace - Use this if you want to replace an existing clip with a new one.
  • Replace from Start - Use this if you want to replace an existing clip with a new one, do not want to change the duration of the project, and the start of your selection is the part of the clip that you want to be the start of the replacement.
  • Replace from End - Use this if you want to replace an existing clip with a new one, do not want to change the duration of the project, and the end of your selection is the part of the clip that you want to be the end of the replacement.
  • Replace at playhead - Use this if you want to replace an existing clip with a new one, do not want to change the duration of the project, and the start of your selection is the part of the clip that you want to be exactly where the playhead is at this point of the project.
  • Insert - Use this if you want to drop your selection at the point where the playhead is. This will lengthen the project the duration of the clip you are inserting.
  • Audio Only - Use this if you just want to add the audio over top of the existing clip
  • Cutaway - Use this if you want to cutaway from the existing video clip to your replacement clip, but don't want to cut the existing clips.
  • Picture in picture - Use this if you want the replacement video to appear in a smaller frame over the existing clip. You can then resize and move the frame in the viewer.
  • Green Screen - If you have green screen footage, you can insert it over an existing clip. To create a green screen, you need paint, paper, or fabric in the color "Chroma Green".
  • Cancel - Click here to cancel your clip replacement.

Music, Photos, Titles, Transitions, and Maps

Note: Make sure to read the warnings below and follow the directions to back up your media!

All of the Music and Photos that are imported into iMovie and iPhoto can be found within the Media browser to the right of the program. Simply find the media you’re looking for and drag it to the Project Library.

Unfortunately, it is not gauranteed that the files will be stored on a safe drive. Files outside of the Temp drive are deleted when the computers are restarted. Also, since these computers are set up for common use, your files are not protected. They may be deleted or changed between the time you leave your computer and come back.

To guarantee that your media will not be lost/changed/deleted, make sure your follow the process below:
  1. Keep a copy of your original Music and Photos - and even footage - on a personal hard drive, Google Docs, or online storage
  2. If your media is deleted you will get an error message and will be asked to locate it
  3. Retrieve your media from your backup and copy it to a safe drive on the computer
  4. Go back to the dialog box that told you that your media was missing and direct the program to where you put it in step 3
  5. Continue editing

Adding Chapter Markers

If you are creating a long project that will be viewed in iTunes, Quicktime, or a DVD, you can create chapter markers that will help your viewers to jump through to logical points in the video. To do this:

  1. Scrub through your footage to find the spot that you want your first chapter marker
  2. Right click (ctrl + click if you don’t have a right click) and choose Add Chapter Marker
  3. Type in the name of your chapter marker (if you don’t do this, you can change it later by double clicking on the chapter marker)
  4. Press return