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Video:iMovie New Project

with Isaac Brody

When you start new projects in Apple's iMovie, it's important to get your project settings set appropriately. Learn how to begin a new iMovie project the right way each time.See Transcript

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Transcript:iMovie New Project

Hi, I'm Isaac Brody for About.com Computing.

Today I'll teach you how to set up a new project in Apple's iMovie. Each time you start a new project in iMovie you need to set up project settings. To start iMovie I'll click on the iMovie icon on the dock. If you don't see the icon on the dock, open up your hard drive, go to the Applications folder, look for iMovie, and double click on it.

Create iMovie Project

On the Welcome Screen I'll click Create Project. I need to name my project and also set save folders for clips. I'll select the Movies folder and I'll name my project, My Movie, and hit Save.

If you don't have much space on your hard drive, you can choose to set your project to an external drive with more space. It's up to you.

iMovie Project Preferences

Now I'll set Personal Preferences by going to iMovie Preferences. Here you can customize settings. I'll set iMovie to play a sound when export is completed. I'll make sure new clips go to the Clips Pane.

I'll set new projects to NTSC. NTSC is the format for my camera, which is the standard in the United States. PAL is for Europe.

Playback quality is set to high, and I'll close the Preferences Window.

Now I'll import some clips into iMovie. You can import clips, photos, and audio for editing.

Media Management

I'll click the Clips icon and go to File Import to select clips. I'll browse to a folder with clips and select a few, then I'll click Open. It may take a few minutes to import clips. Our clips appear in our clip window. You can also drag and drop video directly to the clip window.

One of the useful features of iMovie is that it automatically adds imported video into your project folder.

If I go to my Movies folder on my hard dive, click on my project, I see a folder labeled Media. I'll click on it. There's our imported media.

Keep in mind that if you import media you have two copies on your hard drive. You can quickly eat up hard drive space if you don't delete the duplicate clip. Keep that in mind. I'll finally go to File, Save Project.

It's a good habit to save often when you work on a project. Things can go wrong.

And that's how you set up a project for editing in iMovie. Thanks for watching. For more information, please visit us online at Computing.About.com.
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