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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 October 12, 2020

                                                10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track in 2020

                                                10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track in 2020

                                                The success of our day is largely dependent on the quality of our planning. Not to miss out anything in their to-dos, some people prefer to make a list of upcoming tasks in a notebook, while others have long started using digital technology solutions.

                                                Calendar applications are some of the main tools that are worth using to organize our life and plan your time carefully.

                                                Many people have switched to specific tools; however, there are still some who do not use calendars on a daily basis. They may find some applications uncomfortable to use, non-functional, or expensive.

                                                In this article, we are going to check out the best calendars apps to help you stay organized.

                                                Before You Download

                                                As you are no doubt aware, there are all kinds of calendar apps available. Instead of you sifting through the hundreds of them, we’ve handpicked 10 of the best calendar apps you can get. On top of glowing reviews from each one, we’ve considered the following aspects when creating this list:

                                                • User Interface – How you navigate the app should be smooth and simple. The buttons on the app should be clear, obvious and easy to move through.
                                                • Synchronization – Whether it’s with other calendar apps or with other apps, syncing apps should be easy and enhance your overall experience with the app.
                                                • Additional features – Since there are so many options for calendars, many of these apps offer additional features. These features make the apps stand out from the other apps and provide unique experiences to you.

                                                1. Any.do Calendar

                                                  This calendar has direct integration with Any.Do To-Do List, which gives you a unique tandem of two applications.

                                                  Apart from its extended functionality, Cal Calendar is easy to use. The creation of events is very simple and fast.

                                                  What is more, depending on the name of the event, the application automatically adds contacts and geolocation data to the entry description. You can even import your lists and entries from Any.do.

                                                  Any.do Calendar is a great option for any type of user. It is very convenient and doesn’t overcomplicate the mode of display.

                                                  Another good thing is that this tool is available for free, so you can use it without spending a dime for the software.

                                                  Download Any.do Calendar here!

                                                  2. Google Calendar

                                                    Google Calendar is the official calendar for Android devices that has been tested out by many users around the globe. If you are right now trying to get away from it, consider changing your mind.

                                                    Since this application is installed on most Android devices by default, many users think that there is nothing special in this program. They are wrong.

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                                                    Google has been updating its calendar for quite a few years, and now it comes in Material Design with advanced event features, direct integration into other Google services (for example, supports reminders and Google Now), and comes with Exchange support.

                                                    The program is super easy and will not cost a dime for you. It is a good thing, right?

                                                    Download Google Calendar here.

                                                    3. Calendar

                                                      Calendar is a relatively new app. It works as a web app and for both iOS and Android devices. It is an intelligent app that learns your contacts, schedule and tasks. It also helps you schedule and arrange meetings according to your available time slots.

                                                      A good thing about Calendar is that it allows you to sync up with other calendars you use such as Apple Calendar and Google Calendar. And so you can manage all the calendars you have in one place.

                                                      Calendar also gives you analytics of your meetings, giving you a clear picture on how you can improve your time management.

                                                      Download Calendar: Meeting & Scheduling here.

                                                      4. Business Calendar

                                                        Business Calendar is geared towards people who use their calendar for work purposes and business task planning. It offers different modes with wide configuration capabilities.

                                                        The application gives a default view mode by months, and events can be marked in different colors. Display modes/ sorting can be adjusted to your needs (by month, day, year, or events).

                                                        You can also set a multi-day viewing mode to see how things look for the next few days. Scrolling up and down moves you by month, and if you check a few days, they will be shown in a more detailed form.

                                                        The day display mode offers hourly scheduling, and the schedule mode provides a detailed schedule for a single event.

                                                        Business Calendar is a great tool for planning/ scheduling cases, tasks, and events. There is a support for recurring events, which can be set up in just a few clicks.

                                                        Having purchased software, you can use it to import and export other calendars, delete, copy, or move several events at the same time.

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                                                        Android Business Calendar application may seem somewhat chaotic, but it works fine and is easy to work with if you play with it for a while.

                                                        A full version of the application is available for $4.99, but you can also find a free version for the app test drive.

                                                        Download Business Calendar here.

                                                        5. aCalendar

                                                          aCalendar opens our collection of top 10 calendar applications available on the market today. With its appealing design, easy navigation, and great functionality, it is one of the most popular calendar apps in our list.

                                                          Some of extra functions include color schemes for each case type (48 colors to choose from), different types of demonstrations, different widgets, moon phases, and much more.

                                                          Taking into account it functionality, aCalendar is a reliable calendar application that has an easy-to-navigate interface with three display options. Scrolling from side to side allows you to switch between the display modes of the month, week and day.

                                                          When scrolling down and up, you are moving through the calendar at intervals in accordance with the selected display mode.

                                                          Apart from its time planning feature, aCalendar synchronizes photos from contact lists or social networks to remind you about birthdays, anniversaries, or any other special dates.

                                                          The program also supports data transfer through NFC and full-screen widgets, which eases your work with any data.

                                                          The program is available for free, but you can also get even more features if you buy the extended version of software for $4.99.

                                                          Download aCalendar here.

                                                          6. DigiCal Calendar

                                                            DigiCal Calendar is very similar to Cal Calendar in the fact that the application focuses on design more than on its functionality. However, this doesn’t mean that the application doesn’t serve the purpose.

                                                            With this calendar application, you can synchronize all your calendars and view them in different ways.

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                                                            Along with the basic functions, this program comes with support for Google Calendar, Outlook, and includes some unique and interesting features. You can match keywords to the image or set up a dark theme.

                                                            The app can even show you the weather forecast for three days. There are many other features that deserve the attention of people who really like to use calendar applications.

                                                            Download DigiCal Calendar here.

                                                            7. SolCalendar

                                                              SolCalendar can be called a universal application. It claims to be an all-in-one digital solution having a basic calendar functionality combined with some other advanced features, such as weather forecast for a specific day.

                                                              The application supports Google Calendar, as well as tasks, widgets, lunar calendar and even Foursquare.

                                                              Those searching for a calendar application to cover just everything in its functionality, SolCalendar is a program to consider. There are a lot of interesting things in this application; the program does an excellent job working in “all-in-one” mode.

                                                              Test SolCalendar – the application is available for free. You can test it out without purchasing the service.

                                                              Download SolCalendar here.

                                                              8. IRL Event Social Network

                                                                One of the most unique apps on this list is the IRL Event Social Network app. As you can guess from the name, the core focus of this app is social networking. Unlike other social media platforms, you can consider this platform to function similar to Meetup.com. It’s a site where you can connect with other people within your area that share a similar interest.

                                                                IRL is that while also providing a convenient calendar for you to schedule events and plan out your day. Though due to it being a secondary focus, you’re lacking a lot of the syncing aspects that other apps have on this list. Regardless, because of this huge social feature, it’s worth considering for those who want to make more connections.

                                                                Download IRL Event Social Network here.

                                                                9. Today Calendar

                                                                  Today Calendar is one of the most hip and edgy calendars in our list. The solution was one of the first ones that really embraced Material Design and remains one of the few that adhere to the neat style.

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                                                                  The calendar application offers bold colors, simple controls, and great functionality. This is not as heavy an application as many others; it will not eat all the memory of your device.

                                                                  If you are not searching for something complicated and over-functional, Today Calendar is what you need. You can always test the application before paying for it – the program is available for free.

                                                                  Download Today Calendar here.

                                                                  10. Timepage

                                                                    Timepage is an intuitive calendar app that will manage your time in a way that other calendar apps can’t. It offers the same sort of functions that you’d expect from other calendar apps: opportunities to record events, notifications and reminders, weather, and driving duration to a particular event. However, the app goes beyond those functionalities in two ways.

                                                                    The first way is that while the app sends you notifications, it also has reminders for you for what is coming up next. That bit of extra time can allow you to prepare and make adjustments to your day if need be.

                                                                    The second function – which is more important – is the heat map when you go to see the full view of your calendar. This heat map indicates what days you are most busy and other days where you are freer. This heat map provides a quick glance to determine broadly what days are good to add more events and other tasks.

                                                                    Download Timepage here.

                                                                    Our Verdict

                                                                    Searching for the right application to manage your various calendars and plan your busy day can sometimes turn into a streak of obstacles.

                                                                    Most of us need flexible applications that can be easily used to manage our tough schedule. The application should have all necessary time planning functions and be intuitive.

                                                                    Stylish design and limitless compatibility also matter. It is not always easy to find such a program.

                                                                    The above digital calendar solutions fall under the category “worth” of being used. They are modern, multifunctional, easy, and easy. Pick the one you like!

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