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20 Useful iMovie Tricks To Beef Up Your iMovie Skills

20 Useful iMovie Tricks To Beef Up Your iMovie Skills

iMovie included more tools after upgraded to 11.0 since 2010. Though it is an intelligent design, there have not many instructive guidelines for users, which make troubles for the users who don’t have much time to find out hidden and useful tips and tricks. Here are 20 useful iMovie tricks hidden in different functions, which will be useful for you to be an iMovie Expert. Please note that all italic words and phrases stand for function button in this article.

1. Integrated with Facebook – Edit Facebook Photos Directly

When importing video clips, sometimes, users want to use Facebook photos, because it’s boring and time-killing to download them one by one from online internet and then import to iMovie. The best way is to connect iPhoto with a Facebook account and allow it to sync user’s Facebook photos with iLife Media Browser, after that all Facebook photos can be used in all iLife tools including iMovie directly.

How to make it?

At first open iPhoto>Accounts>Login to Facebook and then select, allow syncing photos with iLife Media Browser.

imovie-facebook

    2. Analyze Video – Finding People in Football Game

    Analyze Video can smooth out jumpy and handheld video if it is recorded by mobile devices like iPhone 4, And it also can tag different people if user’s needs to edit a football game video.  It may take several minutes to analyze depending on video size. But after it completes, users will save much time in editing.

    How to activate it?

    Select File> on the top>Analyze Video>Stabilization and People

    imovie-analyze video

      3. Swap Events and Projects – Look Like Final Cut Pro

      Though I don’t like it much, Mac users who prefer professional look can’t help using this sophisticate tool-Final Cut Pro. For those users, who can change the interface in Windows – > Swap Events and Projects, and then the Project Library will swift the position with Event and meanwhile Timeline will show on the top left, which is opposite to the standard interface of iMovie but much similar with FCP.

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      How to make it easily?

      Click the shift button in the left corner of middle toolbar and you can swap events and projects with one click.

      swap events and projects

        4. Switch Timeline to More Traditional Format – Give a Familiar Operating Timeline

        All Apple devices like to show how special they are in iMovie TimeLine. It doesn’t present clips in one long line but in stacks, which is much different from most video editing software. Generally, users can see the switch button on the top right corner of horizontal tool bar, which will be activated after users pick up Show Advanced Tools in iMovie >Preferences.

        imovie-timeline

          5. iMovie Drop Box – Import Multiple Files Once in a time

          When using Drop Box, users can sync files in different devices as long as they log into the same account. iMovie Drop Box can play the same role in Mac. If users drag all clips before editing, it can sync all files to Library directly in the first time when open iMovie. The premise is users should download Drop Box, and then drag all media files in the Drop Box folder.  This is the popup window to notice that users can choose Import Now to allow importing all files in Drop Box folder in bulk to iMovie.

          iMovie Dropbox
            6. Duplicate Last Title – Add File Names in Bulk Rapidly

            It is not easy to add titles for all clips, especially when users have more than one movie in timeline.  Using Duplicate the Last Title function in Clip is the most efficient way to do it. From there all users have to edit is the text in each movie that is selected. Editing saves more time than adding and editing.

            How to make it?

            Go Clip>Duplicate Last Title

            Duplicate Last Titles

              7. Font Book – Customize Font

              For some web designers, colors and fonts play important roles in their daily work. Though iMovie contains some Art Fonts, users may need more customized fonts to enrich the work with iMovie Font Book, which can be found in Text > Show Fonts. This function will show all the fonts in Mac. Please note that the iMovie Font Panel won’t activate until users drag some Text Effect for clips. This is the Font Book in my Mac.

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              System Panel Font

                8. Viewer on Other Display – Display Edited Project in Second Monitor

                Most users know Side-by-Side Display when two movies need to be edited at the same time, while few know that it’s able to show an edited project in second display. Just Select Windows > Viewer on Other Display (don’t forget to connect the second monitor at first), then users can get the entire top/bottom of the video displayed in two independent monitors with more details.

                Viewer on Other Display

                  9. iMovie Theater – Transfer Files between Different Apple Devices

                  This is a common need for those who have more than one Apple devices. For users who have iPhone, iPad and Macbook, the first option is to share all edited video is iMovie Theater. While it has some restricts like it can only support 5GB storage. The best thing is users can present and transfer iMovie files freely between different Apple devices. Please note that iMovie Theater is built to work with iCloud, therefore users need to make sure that all devices can connected to the same iCloud account.

                  imovie-theater
                    10. Reduce Background Noise

                    iMovie 11.0 pays much attention on Audio function. Users can use the Equalizer to balance the audio. While the best function for Audio Adjustment is Reduce Background Noise. Granted a user records a shot video on street, but he/she needs a quiet or mute background. This function can help a lot. Open Inspector (in middle of toolbar, with icon of i) >Audio >Pick up Enhance: Reduce background noise by: drag the percentage bar to achieve the best result, higher percentage means stronger noise reduction.

                    imovie-reduce background music

                      11. Reduce Motion Distortion

                      It is common to find wobbly videos recorded by most consumer camcorders because of CMOS sensor issue. While iMovie can tune in the not-perfect video if users choose to use High or Extra High of Reduce Motion Distortion in Inspector.

                      Reduce Motion Distortion
                        12. Maps, Backgrounds and Animatics – Clarify Movie Story

                        There are only 15 templates in iMovie 11.0, therefore if users want to change the template styles (templates in iMovie Trailers is not interchangeable), the function of Maps, Backgrounds and Animatics can be prior option. Draw the blueprint for movie story with Animatics in timeline and then replace them with real shots. This is a great way to organize thoughts and plan for footage that users don’t have enough time to shoot temporarily.

                        How to make it?

                        Go Windows >Maps, Backgrounds and Animatics >Drag the toolbar to the end and pick up the suitable Animatics as below.

                        imovie-animatics
                          13. Panorama Meets Ken Burns Effect

                          Ken Burns Effect works for a long time in iMovie, but it’s still new for panorama in iMovie 11.0. I hardly used panorama in iMovie actually until it upgraded. Insert a panorama into the timeline and apply the Ken Burns effect, it seems to easily pan across the scene, which presents a better preview result. Move the pointer to the image, click the gear button showing in the left corner, choose Fit, Crop, and Ken Burns > Ken Burns and then adjust the panorama to the suitable size with different editing tools.

                          Panorama Meets Ken Burn Effect
                            14. Add Comment and Chapter Marker

                            After I picked up Show Advanced Tools (check tips 4), there will be two tools showing in the top right corner, i.e. Chapter Marker and Comment. Comment can be useful to add notes, while Chapter Marker supports drag video in a place that plans to mark as a chapter.

                            imovie-add comments
                              15. Pointer and Keyword

                              It is common sense to use the pointer to drag files in iMovie, but anyone knows that this pointer can stop any editing tools by one click? For Keyword, it can be highly helpful to organize complicate clips. Comment can be the additional aid for Keyword function when users need more details. Pointer and Keyword can found in the middle of tool bar with tilt arrow icon and key icon.

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                              Pointer and Keyword
                                16. Share in Facebook – Get More Social Attention

                                iMovie starts to integrate with Facebook after upgraded. Saving for this, users can also share clips on YouTube, Vimeo, CNN, Media Browser and Desk. Actually in my opinion, if Twitter can support video very well, iMovie may take it into account in the near future.

                                How to activate it?

                                Go Share->Facebook->Log in to share directly.

                                imovie-social share

                                  17. Magic Trackpad – Beef Up iMovie Operating Skills

                                  Magic Trackpad is not the embedded function of iMovie, while it can beef up operating skills if users can use it freely and efficiently. One of the main features of Apple Apps is to support multi touch gesture and there is no exception with iMovie.

                                  Here is the basic gesture:

                                  To add a clip to your project, go to the Event browser and use a three finger swipe up on your trackpad.

                                  Move the cursor above the media and pinch your fingers open to expand and pinch your fingers closed to contract your view of the media.

                                  Select the clip within your timeline, and use a three finger swipe to move it to the right or left.

                                  Magic Trackpad
                                    18. Switch Video to Audio in Seconds

                                    Most iMovie users know the way to detach audio from video directly after right-click. The cooler thing is users can switch video to audio and then from audio to video in seconds as long as dragging a clip below another one which is in different timeline as below.

                                    imovie-swift between audio and video
                                      19. How to create your own Pointer

                                      Step #1:

                                      Launch the PREVIEW app and open any picture. I recommend opening one with 16:9-aspect-ratios. This is a screen-grab of a video in this example.

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                                      imovie-step one
                                        Step #2:

                                        Select all (Apple-A) and hit backspace, an empty preview-picture created! Now on top of the window, you’ll notice a tool-bar, click on Annotations.

                                         
                                        imovie-step 2
                                          Step #3:

                                          On the bottom-left, you’ll notice a small selection of tools like pointer, circle, box, text, color, thickness and font.

                                          Now you can customize any kinds of pointers based on how many, what color, even your own text-design.

                                          imovie-step three
                                            Step #4:

                                            Save as PNG (or tiff), which allows the grey part to be transparent. Done!

                                            imovie-step four
                                              20. iMovie Preferences 

                                              It is useful to work the toolbar, keyword, cut ways, picture in picture, green screen, and replace mode and chapter markers in iMovie.

                                              How to make it?

                                              First go to< iMovie preferences> then click all the options given in the below screenshot.

                                              imovie- preference setting
                                                Further reading about iMovie, please check Everything You Want to Know about iMovie.

                                                Featured photo credit: iMovie/Apple via images.apple.com

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                                                Last Updated on May 28, 2020

                                                18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2020 Updated)

                                                18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2020 Updated)

                                                No one can dispute the countless benefits technology has brought us. Undoubtedly, it has allowed us to connect, perform, improve, and leverage our resources beyond what was once imaginable.

                                                If you’re not taking advantage of some of the hundreds of time management apps and tools out there, you’re definitely missing a trick.

                                                But with so many apps to choose from, how do you know which ones to use?

                                                Well, this will depend on your needs. That’s why we’ve put together a list of 18 of the best time management apps that can help you with the most common challenges of managing time.

                                                Let’s dive straight into the list.

                                                1. Rescue Time – Use Your Time Wisely

                                                  If you have doubts if you are using your time sensibly, this app will send you weekly reports to indicate what things are stealing your time. Aside from its automatic time-tracking feature, this app also has distraction blocking and efficient report tools.

                                                  RescueTime helps you avoid being overwhelmed by too many tasks. This app also has a team software that’s dedicated to time management among team members. With this app, you may be shocked to discover how much time you’re actually wasting.

                                                  Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                                  2. Remember The Milk – Keep on Top of All Your Tasks

                                                    If you’re struggling to manage everything you have to do, and you work with many different devices, then this is the app for you. It’s a great free tool that is compatible with your mobile, computer, Gmail, Outlook, etc., and it allows you to sync all your devices for easier time management.

                                                    This app will help you to manage your tasks easily and reminds you of them – wherever you are. You can share tasks and lists with others, making it a great tool for teams as well.

                                                    Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                                    3. Focus Keeper – Boost Motivation to Complete Tasks

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                                                      This app is based on the principles of the Pomodoro Technique, and it is aimed at individuals who procrastinate and feel overwhelmed by tasks. It has a simple, efficient user interface that is easily customizable based on your needs.

                                                      Focus Keeper is designed to enhance your focus and remove any anxiety you might have with time pressures. This is a great app to use if you want to prevent yourself and your team from being burned out.

                                                      Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                                      4. Toggl – Keep Track of Time Spent on Projects and Tasks

                                                        Effective time management starts with being clear on exactly how much time you actually spend on your projects and tasks and through analysis – working out how you can manage them more effectively. Toggl allows you to do all this even with its simple design.

                                                        Toggl includes great time-saving features integrated with its intuitive interface. This is a great alternative to time-sheets if you need to track how much time you spend on different projects.

                                                        Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                                        5. Dropbox – Store and Send Large Files Easily

                                                          There are many apps that allow you to transfer content from your computer to other devices, but Dropbox is free and it is easier to use than the others. With the Dropbox app, you can even access and share important files on the go. It is an easy way to share your files and documents with others for improved productivity.

                                                          Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                                          6. Evernote – Keep All Your Notes in One Place

                                                            Evernote is a free productivity tool that allows you to capture all your ideas, thoughts, and images in many different ways (e.g., with voice, notes, or images). You can even record your meetings, interviews, speeches, and ideas, create lists, add voice or text attachments, and share your files with friends. You can also sync Remember The Milk with Evernote to better optimize your time.

                                                            Available iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                                            7. MindNode — Focus on Tasks at Hand With Mind Mapping

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                                                              Mind mapping is a great productivity technique, and Mindnode is one of the best free mind mapping apps available. It helps you to become more organized by focusing your thoughts – thereby gaining clarity on what needs to be done.

                                                              This app allows you to customize various visual tags and templates to suit your needs. You can also easily share your documents with others.

                                                              Available on iOS and Desktop

                                                              8. GoodSync – Back Up and Sync Your Files Effortlessly

                                                                This software allows you to back up, restore, and synchronize your files easily. It supports folders from a variety of locations, and it has filtering options that let you exclude subfolders from synchronizing.

                                                                This app also allows you to sync files to and from your phone. If you have never backed up your files before, you should definitely take a look at this tool.

                                                                Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                                                9. MyLifeOrganized (MLO) – Manage Your To-Do Lists Effectively

                                                                  Check this out if you find it difficult to manage all your tasks, work with your to-do lists, and organize your goals. This task management software helps you target what you should be focusing on to reach your objectives.

                                                                  MyLifeOrganized is one of the best task management apps for focused work. It automatically generates to-do lists with priority actions for your immediate attention so that you can track your progress methodically.

                                                                  Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                                                  10. 1Password – Have All Your Passwords Remembered

                                                                    1Password allows you to keep all your passwords in one encrypted database – protected by one password. This saves you time when you forget your passwords and need to retrieve them. This also allows you to use various passwords for different accounts so you don’t compromise on security.

                                                                    Available iOS, Android, and Desktop

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                                                                    11. Pocket – Keep Your Eye on the Ball

                                                                      When you’re surfing the web, it’s easy to get distracted by enticing and fascinating websites. That’s why you need effective time management apps like Pocket. You can use this tool to save your ‘finds’ to access and read later on at a convenient time. This prevents you from getting distracted and negatively impacting your immediate work.

                                                                      Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                                                      12. Focus@Will – Boost Your Attention Span

                                                                        This amazing app combines neuroscience and music to boost your productivity. According to the developers, it’s possible to increase your attention span by up to 400% using Focus@Will, making this one of the best time management apps available.

                                                                        Focus@will is ideal for those who find it difficult to focus while studying, working, or reading. It also helps you control your ADD.

                                                                        Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                                                        13. Alfred – Interact With Your Computer in a Smart Way

                                                                          This small and simple tool allows you to launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes. This makes life so much easier as you don’t need to go through the start menu to access what you want. The only downside is that it’s only available for macOS.

                                                                          Available on desktop (macOS)

                                                                          14. Forest – Boost Your Focus by Growing a Forest

                                                                            Forest is a unique reinvention of time management apps. This unique and fun app helps you stay focused and on-track by making you focus on another thing.

                                                                            The concept is simple: whenever you want to focus, plant a virtual tree. If you stay focused, the tree will grow. If you lose focus, the tree will die. As the app’s name implies, you can grow multiple trees to create a virtual forest!

                                                                            Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop (Firefox Add-on)

                                                                            15. Trello – Track Your projects in a highly visual way

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                                                                              Trello is a hugely popular app that you may already be familiar with. It works by allowing you to create cards for tasks that you need to complete. Each card moves across the Trello board, which is typically broken into columns such as To Do, In Progress, and Completed. This serves as your cue to start working on and completing the associated tasks.

                                                                              Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                                                              16. Quire – Unfold Your Ideas

                                                                                Quire is an innovative time management app that helps boost your team’s productivity. The strength of this app lies in its features for collaboration and ease of sharing. You can streamline and adjust your workflow based on your team’s needs and preferences.

                                                                                Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                                                                17. TimeTree – Have a Shared Calendar With Your Family

                                                                                  This TimeTree app allows families or teams to share multiple calendars and appointments with each other. So, whether you’re planning a party or running a local sports team, Time Tree can keep everyone up-to-date with all current and upcoming activities and events.

                                                                                  Available on iOS and Android

                                                                                  18. Todoist – Capture and Order All Your Tasks and Activities Easily

                                                                                    Todoist is close to being the ultimate digital to-do list and one of the best time management apps out there. It’s available via browser and app, and it lets you schedule all your tasks and activities. Each item can be flagged for priority as well as a given due date. There is also a neat option to add notes to any of your tasks.

                                                                                    Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                                                                    Final Thoughts

                                                                                    The above list covers what we consider to be the very best time management apps and tools available. And the good news is that many of them are completely free of charge!

                                                                                    So, what are you waiting for? Select the ones that will be the most valuable to you, and begin boosting your productivity now!

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