Here is the second installment of my tutorial experience and WOO HOO!!!


PLEASE NOTE: This is not an example of a high quality video. 
It is used for showing examples of editing techniques only

Make sure you have your Advanced Tools on by going to FILE – PREFERENCES – click on ADVANCED TOOLS.  There were so many cool things I saw during this portion of the tutorials.

Precision Editor

With Precision Editor you can

  • automatically place clips into your project
  • standard setting is for 4 seconds from point of click which you can change later on or change under the BROWSER tab under PREFERENCES
  • create a still from a motion clip and automatically add a Ken Burns effect
    • options with adding a still clip are:
      • replace entire clip
      • insert – which splits the clip and places in between the 2 sections
      • cutaway – keeps audio playing while viewing still in the clip
      • picture-in-picture (video-in-video)
      • side-by-side

Some of these are available for viewing in video above

Adjusting Quality


Upon importing you can stabilize the video and have iMovie find people (faces) in the clips.  This should be done upon importing as it can take some time to do some stabilization and finding people.  It helps you see what images iMovie feel are suitable for use and which ones are not denoted by an orange squiggly (love that word) line.


Can be done in the event (overall correction) or a specific project (no change to original video); for instance in the event if you want to make a portion of the clip black & white, sepia or a dream effect.  It is recommended that is there are major color corrections to do them in the event so if you want to use the clip in other projects the color is already done.

  • Level Master – changes black and white levels
  • Exposure – adjusts shadows and highlights
  • Contrast – adjust brightness – light and dark
  • Saturation – color intensity (red, blue, green)
  • White Point Wheel – adjust the white in clips

These can be done manually or you can select the AUTO button.  The AUTO button is a great jump off place and continue correcting from there if need be.


Transitions are used to help smooth out the video – as you will notice in the beginning of my sample video there are no transitions and it seems a bit jostled, however once the transitions were added the video flowed more smoothly.  Some quality transitions to be used in a professional looking video are the “fade (to black/to white) which can be used in the beginning and end of video.  There is no need to wait for these transitions to render as they are live.  The default is .5 secs in duration which can be changed.

You can AUTO ADD transitions by setting a theme – it will not automatically add transitions to split clips, you will have to do them manually.


  • There are 32 Title types
  • You cannot change positions however font, size and color can be edited
  • You can also you system fonts and not just the ones supplied in iMovie

One Step Effects

One step effects can be added to the clip.  These include:

  1. Flash and Hold to the last frame in the clip
  2. Split at Beat Marker
  3. Flip at Beat Marker
  4. Fade to Black and White
  5. Fade to Sepia
  6. Fade to Dream

Other Fun Tools

Other editing tools are:

  • Green/Blue screen

  • Backgrounds and Maps

Again, these tutorials are quite enjoyable and easy to follow.

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