Video:iMovie Capture Videowith Isaac Brody
Learn how to log and capture movie footage in Apple iMovie so you can begin to transform your raw footage into a completed movie.See Transcript
Transcript:iMovie Capture VideoHi, I'm Isaac Brody for About.com Computing. Today I'll teach you how to capture footage in Apple's iMovie.
Transferring Footage- FirewireTo capture video I'll use my Mini DV video camera which has a firewire connection here. There are multiple types of firewire connections. Cameras require a 4-pin firewire cable on one end, while computers can have a 4 or a 6-pin connection.
My laptop has a 6-pin connection. I'll connect the firewire cable to my laptop and then to my camera. Make sure that you remember to turn on your camera and set it to its VCR mode for playback.
iMovie SetupOpen up your iMovie project or create a new project. My camera is already on and set to VCR mode. To capture, I'll click the Switch icon to change from Edit mode to Camera mode. This brings up camera playback controls and a bluescreen saying my camera is connected. There are controls for rewinding the camera, stop, play, pause, and fast forward.
Play and ImportTo capture hit the Play button. When you find footage you like click the Import button. An icon appears in the clip window showing the clip capturing. I'll hit the Stop button to stop capture. I'll doubleclick the clip in the clip panel and rename it to Movie Clip 1 and click Set.
iMovie Capture PreviewWhen I selected the captured footage in the clip window iMovie switched from Camera mode to Edit mode. I can preview the clip by pressing the Play button in the Preview Window. You can scrub through the clip by moving the playhead on the preview window.
Multiple CaptureI'll switch back to Camera mode to capture another clip. I'll hit Play, and click Import, and I'll hit Stop after a few seconds. I'll double-click the second clip and name it Movie Clip 2. I'll stop there but you can capture as many as you want for your project.
Full Screen PreviewIf you want to view your clips in fullscreen mode, click on the Fullscreen Mode button. To get out of Fullscreen Mode hit the Escape key.
And that's how you capture footage in iMovie.
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