Yesterday, we talked about the advanced features of iMovie. I thought we’d continue with iMovie today with a couple of tricks and tips to help you get the most out of it. Firstly, iMovie puts your events and clips on the bottom of the screen, and your actual movie timeline on the top. This, for me, is a little topsy turvy.
You can easily switch things around by clicking on the “swap” button located on the left hand side, in the middle toolbar.
While you’re there, you can also click on the timeline button on the right of the same toolbar. This will stop your movie timeline from snaking in rows, but rather show as a filmstrip horizontally on the timeline. Although this means you end up scrolling left and right to get to different parts of your movie, I find it’s a much better way of viewing a movie that you’re editing.
In the picture above, you can see the result of placing a movie clip on top of another clip. I got the option of what I wanted to do with the clip, and I chose to place it side by side. This would be great to place two related clips next to each other. Although you wouldn’t be able to overlay more than two clips, you can experiment just with the side to side and get some great results. It’s all about experimenting and trying new things.
In the next article, we’ll talk about some more great features in iMovie.
(for this article, I’ve used the excellent Tears of Steel made by the Blender Foundation – check it out!)