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iMovie


iMovie is the recommended video editing software on campus. It is only available on a Mac computer; the video editing software available on a Windows machine is Windows Live Movie Maker. iMovie allows you to create professional videos with relative ease.

Learning and Technology Services (LTS) has created a YouTube playlist entitled 30-Second iMovie Tutorials that includes 32 short video tutorials that cover a wide variety of topics. Below you can see information and video tutorials on a few of the most commonly requested topics to get you started.

Help and Resources


Note that the following help and resources are available as you work with iMovie:

  • There are two Mac labs available with large iMacs that are perfect for video editing:
    • OL 1100 is the LTS training lab located near the riverside entrance to McIntyre Library.
    • OL 1108b is attached to the 24-hour lab (OL 1108) and is likewise open 24 hours per day.

  • View the topics covered in the 30-Second iMovie Video Tutorial Playlist created by Learning and Technology Services (LTS).

  • Assistance is available at the LTS Help Desk, located at OL 1106 (right next to the 24-hour lab). The Help Desk's normal hours when school is in session are as follows:
    • Sunday - 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
    • Monday - Thursday - 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
    • Friday - 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
    • Saturday - 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • If you wish to set up a free one-on-one appointment with a specialist for training in iMovie or other supported software, visit the BITS training site and fill out the training request form.

Projects Drive Storage Space


Projects drive space is provided for large, multimedia projects, such as an iMovie project. Read the tips below, and watch these video tutorials to learn about Class Projects Drive Folders or how to Create and Use a Folder on the Projects Drive.

  • If you are creating a project for a class, your teacher may mention that he or she has created a class folder on the projects drive. Within this folder, you will find either individual or group folders, depending on the assignment set-up.

  • To create a personal projects drive folder for a project, open a web browser, and go to http://mass.uwec.edu 

  • Save everything you use for your multimedia project in that projects drive folder: the project itself, video clips, audio files, images, etc.

Importing Video From a Camera


One of the first things you will likely need to do is transfer your video footage from your camera to the computer. With iMovie, this is a fairly simple and convenient process. Watch the video below to learn more:

Saving Your Project


When working on campus, there is a specific way you must save your iMovie project in order to back it up and ensure that you will not lose it. You may notice that there is no "Save As" button in iMovie. Instead, iMovie automatically saves your project to the local computer in the Movies folder. You, on the other hand, will want to save it to your projects drive folder.

Follow the directions below or watch the video tutorial to learn how to complete this task:

  1. When you have finished working on your iMovie project, close iMovie. Remember, your project will automatically save to the local computer--there is no "Save As."

  2. Open a Finder window.

     Finder

  3. From the sidebar on the left, select the Movies folder. In this folder, you should see an iMovie Events and an iMovie Projects folder.

  4. Open a second Finder window, and navigate to your projects drive folder. 

  5. Select the iMovie Events and the iMovie Projects folder in the Movies folder. Click and drag these two folders from the Movies folder, and drop them in your projects drive folder.

    Note: Do NOT rename the folders or put one inside the other. 

    Note: You must always work on the local machine. Therefore, when you come back to work on your project, you must do this process in reverse.
     

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