Last weekend, I set out to use iMovie for the first time.
I was nervous. I was born a perfectionist, but over time, my values have softened to becoming more realistic and gentle with myself in my own processes. However, I was definitely feeling my own internal pressure to make the first video as well as possible.
After watching a few iMovie tutorials, and checking out some videos made using iMovie, I felt ready for my next steps.
- Set up a shooting space in my bedroom
- Record video using iPhone and my Logix Flexpod
- Snap some photos
- Use Voice Memos App on iPhone to record an audio file
- Use Text Art app to create a thumbnail for the video
- Create YouTube Space for uploading and sharing the video
- Open a New Project
- Name the project. To do this click the back arrow with “Projects” in the very top left corner. A new window will appear. You can enter in the title of your project here.
- Upload media into Project Media space. You can do this by browsing media, and pulling it into the Project Media space. I got my Project Media ready with all the files I needed first: Videos, Audio clip, and photos, so that I was ready to go!
- Drag down media into the bottom half section of the screen to begin putting the iMovie together. For my movie, I wanted to overlay an Audio clip with the videos. All I had to do was drag each of these files into the bottom section.
- I learned that to clip and delete files you need to: click on the first section then “command B” – then click on the end “command b” and hit “delete.” It is that simple!
- Then I could just move the video and audio clips around slightly, drag down the pictures to where I wanted them, drag out the pictures for the length of time I wanted them to play for.
- After getting the basics figured out, I realized I could add a short sound effect clip at the start of the film. There are many free songs and sounds that come with iMovie. I used a rain sound.
- I also figured out how to zoom in and out of photos for different effects.
It was a solid learning experience for me. I feel happy with my work, as a first time user. I have so much yet to learn, but I feel grateful to have figured out the basics! It was exciting to make a YouTube Channel – I am working on plans to make more videos in the future.
Here is the final product: