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iLife '11

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iLife '11: Create, Merge, and Split Events in iPhoto

iPhoto lets you create new events, merge existing events, or split events into two after you’ve imported the pictures. iPhoto events are different from albums and projects: You can copy the same photo [more…]

How to Navigate iPhoto in iLife ’11

The iLife iPhoto icon is available in your Mac’s Dock, which appears typically at the bottom of the desktop. To start iPhoto, click the iPhoto icon in the Dock or double-click the iPhoto application in [more…]

How to Import Pictures to iPhoto in iLife ’11

Importing pictures to iPhoto (one of the multimedia software tools in iLife '11) is easy. You can import pictures to iPhoto from several sources: hard drive; digital camera; iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch [more…]

iLife ’11: How to Choose Photos by Event in iPhoto

Browsing by event is probably the fastest way to find a group of pictures in iPhoto taken on a particular date. When you import pictures, iPhoto for iLife groups the pictures taken on the same date as [more…]

Using iLife '11: How to Transfer Video to Disc in iDVD

If you have a videotape or cartridge that you want to burn to a DVD-R disc without editing, and without menus, you can transfer video directly from a digital video [more…]

How to Navigate iMovie in iLife '11

On most Macs, you find the iMovie icon in the Dock and in the Applications folder. Double-click the icon to open iMovie. Click Now to gather the video clips you have in iPhoto, or Later to do it later. [more…]

How to Record Directly into iMovie Using iLife '11

If you have an iSight camera or a similar webcam attached to (or built into) your Mac, you can use the device to record video directly into iMovie. You can also use a tape-based digital video camcorder [more…]

How to Import to iMovie from a Random-Access Video Camera Using iLife '11

In iLife, iMovie supports random-access devices that use USB to connect to your Mac, such as HDD or DVD or a flash memory video camera (such as a Flip Ultra HD or the Canon Vixia HF10) or a fifth-generation [more…]

How to Import to iMovie from DV Tape or Cassette Using iLife '11

DV and mini-DV camcorders not only record digital video onto tape — they also can play back the tape. When the camcorder is in Camera mode, its microphone and lens are ready to record when you press the [more…]

How to Organize Clips by Event in iMovie Using iLife '11

Events are a handy way to organize your video clips in iLife — if you were shooting a movie, each day’s work could be organized as an iMovie event; if you took videos of a weeklong vacation, for example [more…]

Watch iMovie Clips at Full-Screen Size in iLife '11

To watch a video in iMovie’s Viewer pane (and hear its audio), press the spacebar from the playhead. Press the spacebar again to stop playing the video in iLife. To play the video clip from the beginning [more…]

How to Crop and Rotate an iMovie Video Clip in iLife '11

You can crop a photo — cut away the outer edges of the image to bring the center of it to the forefront. You can do the same with video: Use iMovie in iLife to crop the image in a clip to get rid of something [more…]

How to Imitate the Ken Burns Effect in iMovie Using iLife '11

When shooting and editing video, you can zoom into a video clip image and pan across the image, and you can combine zooming and panning in ways that suggest movement or the passing of time. Whether or [more…]

Make Audio and Video Adjustments to iMovie Video Clips in iLife '11

In iMovie for iLife, you can adjust the audio in video clips, especially ones that are louder or softer than others, so that they sound better when included in a project. You can also adjust the video [more…]

How to Start an iMovie Video Project in iLife '11

In iLife, to edit video scenes into a movie to share with others, you first create a project in the iMovie Project Library and edit the project in the Project Browser. The project defines a sequence of [more…]

How to Trim iMovie Video Project Clips in iLife '11

Most of the work of producing a video consists of editing the project clips to make them more interesting or more effective at communicating. You may want to “tighten up” the project clips in iMovie so [more…]

Add iPhoto Images to iMovie Video Projects in iLife ’11

When you add photos from your iPhoto library to your iLife video project, iMovie automatically applies the Ken Burns pan and zoom effects, to make it appear that the camera is sweeping across the image [more…]

How to Add Video Effects to iMovie Projects in iLife '11

Ever since movies such as Star Wars, people expect to see special effects — so much so that it sometimes takes a special effect to get their attention. Not everyone can be as inventive as George Lucas, [more…]

How to Speed, Slow, and Reverse iMovie Video Clips in iLife '11

In iLife, iMovie offers Slow Motion, Fast Forward, and Instant Replay options on its Clip menu. To use these options, select the video clip in the Project Browser, choose File→Optimize Video, and then [more…]

Add Transitions Between iMovie Video Project Clips in iLife '11

A transition provides a seamless way for one clip to end and another to begin. Movies and professionally produced television shows typically use nothing but a simple cut from one clip to the next, but [more…]

How to Edit iMovie Video Transitions in iLife '11

In iLife, iMovie offers a few different ways to edit transitions, and the edits available to you may depend on the transition itself. To change the length of a transition or to select a different one, [more…]

How to Add a Title to an iMovie Video Project in iLife '11

All movies should have titles. Even Untitled is a good title. Titling gives you the chance to be witty, even in a vacation video. iMovie simplifies the making of titles and credits. After choosing a theme [more…]

Using iLife '11: How to Record through the Microphone in iMovie

Every Mac has the built-in capability to record sound. You can use the built-in microphone on the Mac models that have one or attach an external USB microphone. To add a voice-over or any recording through [more…]

Using iLife '11: How to Control Volume and Fading on iMovie Video Projects

With iLife video projects, you can control the volume and fading for a voice-over, sound effect, or music clip directly in the iMovie Project Browser. Click the Audio Waveform button in the lower right [more…]

Using iLife '11: How to Add iMovie Videos to Your iTunes Library

In iLife, iMovie helps you put video into your iTunes library. You can even specify videos of different sizes for different devices at the same time, and iMovie converts the videos and dumps them into [more…]

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