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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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                                                Published on November 9, 2018

                                                How to Improve Your Computer Skills to Get Ahead in Your Career

                                                How to Improve Your Computer Skills to Get Ahead in Your Career

                                                Technology has taken the business world by storm. People and businesses are progressively reliant on technology world these days. As a result, the people with impressive knowledge and experience with a computer are in demand.

                                                Considering this growing market trend, if you too wish to bag a profitable job, this article is apt for you. Here, we will dig deeper into the business and technology world to look into what are the best computer skills one should invest in and what resources to get help from.

                                                So, are you ready? Here we begin.

                                                6 Most-In Demand Computer Skills This Year (and Beyond)

                                                When talking about computer skills, following are the 6 computer skills that can fill your mailbox with endless job opportunities (besides, having an English and Hindi typing speed of 40+ WPM):-

                                                1. Spreadsheets and Databases

                                                Considering the treasure trove of data companies are handling these days, Spreadsheet and Database management skill tops the list. It is considered the most wanted job skill in the market, with a salary of around $53,129/yr for an entry-level position. However, the spreadsheet skill does not confine to auditing data from cells.

                                                To get hired based on this computer skill, you need to become a Spreadsheet ninja. From storing data to organizing them, applying complex mathematics formulas, and creating complex macros, you need to be an expert at all.

                                                In other words, you need to have an expertise at working with:

                                                • Microsoft Excel
                                                • Microsoft Access
                                                • Statistics
                                                • Data Analytics
                                                • Adobe Campaign
                                                • Quickbooks
                                                • XML Database management system
                                                • Filemaker Pro
                                                • MATLAB
                                                • Hive
                                                • FORTRAN
                                                • RDBMS (Relational Database Management System)
                                                • SAS

                                                2. Social Media, Email, and Blogging

                                                Though people are socially active, not everyone knows how to use the social media tools on the professional front. In such a scenario, having an expertise at writing engaging yet professional emails, writing blogs, and managing social media activities is a ticket to entry in reputed organizations.

                                                Some of the skills related to social media, email and blogging that will have a leg up in the hiring process are:

                                                • Content Management System (CMS)
                                                • Google Analytics
                                                • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
                                                • Email Marketing
                                                • Web Page Design
                                                • WordPress
                                                • Digital Media
                                                • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
                                                • Campaign Management Software

                                                3. Graphic Design and Word Processing

                                                A solid grasp of skills to present the gained information in the much readable form is another market need. When considering this computer skill category, you need to enhance your skills at:

                                                • Adobe Photoshop
                                                • Adobe InDesign
                                                • Adobe Illustrator
                                                • AutoCAD
                                                • CorelDRAW
                                                • Microsoft Visual Studio
                                                • Maya
                                                • Microsoft Word
                                                • Microsoft Publisher
                                                • Operating Digital Cameras

                                                4. Software and Hardware Design and Development

                                                The Software and Hardware development, in simpler language, means designing, implementing, and testing the computer software/hardware applications. It is the most profitable computer skill, with a different job opening, including Software Architect, Software Analyst, Software programmer, Hardware configuration, etc.

                                                To be capable of developing and testing the software and hardware, you need to peruse your users’ needs and build an application that hits their pain points. You need to work with different web and mobile app coding languages for gaining the attention of your audience, some of which are:

                                                • HTML
                                                • C/C++
                                                • Java
                                                • Python
                                                • XML
                                                • UI/UX
                                                • LINUX
                                                • CISC and RISC architecture
                                                • Embedded Processor Hardware Design
                                                • Memory Management
                                                • PCB Layout
                                                • SQL

                                                5. IT Troubleshooting

                                                Working on computers is one thing and having a knack of looking into the associated issues and resolving them in real-time is another. There are various employees and graduates who work with computer systems in their daily lives, but get confused when it comes to dealing with frozen programs and performing routine maintenance.

                                                So, if you are familiar with the basic anatomy of computers and machines and know the tricks to perform such tasks to streamline the working process, enter the IT support arena. The prime IT troubleshooting skills one needs to work upon are:

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                                                • Backup management
                                                • Diagnostics
                                                • End User support
                                                • Client-Server management
                                                • Installation and configuration
                                                • Issue tracking system (ITS)
                                                • System administration
                                                • Tech support

                                                6. Enterprise Systems

                                                Many Enterprises have their own enterprise solutions like PeopleSoft for managing their data and operations.

                                                Becoming a master at using the enterprise solutions mentioned in their ‘Requirements’ area can also lessen the barrier to get a job.

                                                The Roadmap to Excel Your Computer Skills

                                                Now that you know the 6 most popular computer skills in the market, the first decision, you need to take is which computer skill you want to work upon. All the skills are equally considerable for making a career ahead. So, choose one as per your interest.

                                                Once done, look forward to the following resources for boosting your computer skills and getting a reputed, handsome job.

                                                Depending on the computer skill you opt, here are the online courses you can turn to for elevating your career opportunities:

                                                1. Become a Spreadsheet and Database Ninja

                                                a. Microsoft Excel Training Online Course – Basic & Advanced

                                                Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or expert at working with spreadsheets, this online course has something new for everyone to become excel efficient users.

                                                Divided into 48 interesting lessons, the course empowers you to learn the technique of using mathematical, statistical, logical and text functions, sorting and filtering the data, creating Pivot Tables, building macros, finding a value with VLOOKUp, and much more.

                                                b. Excel- Online Courses, Classes, Training, Tutorials on Lynda

                                                This is another impressive course to unlock the power of Excel. Designed for people from all walks of life and familiarity with Excel tools. This course helps you gain in-depth knowledge from the experts about this data-analyzing tool and make the magic in spreadsheet creation and management process.

                                                c. SQL & Database Design A-Z™: Learn MS SQL Server + PostgreSQL

                                                Build a successful career in the data analytics world with this online course.

                                                Revolving around the two top databases, MS SQL and PostgreSQL, this course will give you a comprehensive knowledge of the working of the databases and understanding of all the related elements, including how to create, update, organize, and safeguard the data.

                                                2. Rule the Social Media World

                                                a. Free Social Media Course by HubSpot

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                                                Introduced by the top experienced inbound professors from Hubspot, here you will get a comprehensive knowledge of Social media marketing.

                                                From understanding how to build relationships on different social media platforms to creating a perfect strategy to engage them, leveraging the benefits of social advertising, and analyzing your social media ROI, this course will bring out the best out of you.

                                                b. Write Professional Emails in English by Coursera

                                                This online course will be the right weapon to look into the differences and similarities between different email styles, improve your English writing skills, write effective subject lines, maintain the formality tone in emails, and more to make a powerful impact on the receivers with your email.

                                                c. Ninja Writing: The Four Levels of Writing Mastery

                                                Founded by Udemy, this online course will excel your skills to build a masterpiece everytime you write.

                                                Here, you will get the guidance from the editors of the top newspapers and websites, and understand what kind of words and tone to use for leaving a spellbinding impact on the readers.

                                                3. Launch Your Own Software or Hardware Equipment

                                                a. Hardware and Software Courses by Coursera

                                                From Big Data to IoT, Sensor Circuit Design, Embedded Software and Hardware Architecture, and Motor Control Circuit, this course will give you a glimpse of all the hardware devices, equipment, and programming languages to build wonders.

                                                b. Free Software and Web Development Certifications Online by Alison

                                                Become the software developer market demands with Alison’s Java, C#, Python, R, PHP, or MySQL database course. From backend to frontend development and software testing.

                                                The course helps you to learn how to design, develop and test software and working in a team while contributing to the team success.

                                                c. Free Online Software Development and MOOCs Course by Class Central

                                                The Class Central online course will make you a master of software development. Here, you will learn the basic concepts of development like Agile, Design Patterns, and Version Control with Git, along with gaining experience of working with the top programming languages.

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                                                4. Live and Breathe Creativity

                                                a. Udemy: Introduction to Graphic Design

                                                It is a top-rated program for the new learners and designers to explore the Graphic Design world.

                                                From the history of communication to the design principles, the course will help the students to learn everything specifically and implement in the real world.

                                                b. Canva Design School

                                                From a beginner to advanced level, this course will provide you with an elaborated and comprehensive knowledge of graphic design. In the form of 4 modules, this course will help the interested graphic designers to try out their skills at Graphics, ranging from fonts to colors, backgrounds, images, shapes, and layouts.

                                                c. Microsoft Word – Basic & Advanced

                                                62 personalized lessons, premium video tutorials, and unlimited tests and quizzes – this certified course has everything that will make your entry to the business world easier.

                                                d. Microsoft Office: Word, Excel and Access Productivity Bundle

                                                The course will make you productive in Word, Excel, and Access through video lectures, articles, and various other supplemental resources.

                                                Besides, it will offer you exclusive tips and tricks to enhance your skills at using Microsoft office.

                                                5. Raise Your Reflexes to IT Troubleshooting

                                                a. IT Troubleshooting Skill Training by Udemy

                                                IT Troubleshooting Skill Training will upgrade your logical concepts over technical components to find and repair faults.

                                                It will provide you with a methodological approach to learn the basics of troubleshooting, practice them via exercises and drills, and enhance your IT troubleshooting intelligence.

                                                b. IT Help Desk Online Course on Lynda

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                                                The Lynda’s IT troubleshooting online course will train you how to respond to the issues related to Windows 10, Office 365, JIRA software, and more, from a local as well as a remote location.

                                                Mobile Apps and Websites to Enhance Computer Skills

                                                The aforementioned online courses will undoubtedly train you for a successful career ahead. But, in case you want a long-term support, turn towards the following websites and mobile apps:

                                                • Duolingo – Duolingo app will improve your spoken and written communication skills in different languages. With the magic of gamification added to the study, the app will make learning a fun and addictive task.
                                                • Hemingway – Hemingway app defines the length, complexity, and common errors associated with the sentences. In this way, it helps you to write effectively and go ahead in the career.
                                                • Udemy – The Udemy, with its 2000+ courses, is a great platform to master new skills, advance your career and explore the newer technologies and programming languages. Enrol a course as per your budget and make a brighter future.
                                                • eDX – eDX is yet another commendable platform you can look forward to. The platform offers you the best of the tutorials prepared by the business professionals and technology experts, ensuring a great boost in your computer skills.
                                                • Excel Easy – Excel Easy, as the name depicts, will make working with Excel easier for you via their detailed tutorials and 300+ real-life examples.
                                                • GCF LearnFree.org – It is a one-stop platform for accelerating your future in the computer world. From graphic design to Microsoft Office, resume writing, enhancing adaptability, and much more, the top experts will guide you with everything on this platform.
                                                • QuarkXPress – The QuarkXPress will aid you to add soul to your design with its unparalleled collection of font style, size, and typography. The best part is that it is avails all the options in different languages, including English, Spanish, German, French, and Italian to name a few.

                                                Bonus: Tips to Accelerate Your Approach For a Better Career Ahead

                                                Though these resources will make you stand out from the crowd and get hired at once, you need to focus on various other things, such as:

                                                1. Practice, Practice, Practice

                                                It is common to forget what we learn. To ensure that you do not miss any opportunity just because you forgot, keep practising.

                                                Make it your routine. Polish your computer skills and you will surely end up getting an offer letter from a recognized firm.

                                                2. Work on Your Efficiency

                                                Remembering what you learned is not enough; practice to enhance those skills to do better.

                                                For example, if you take around 50 minutes to create a design, target for 40 minutes.

                                                3. Look for Shortcuts

                                                Smart work rules over hard work more often. So, look forward to learning shortcuts to do any task. This will increase your chances to crack an interview and get selected.

                                                4. Apply for an Internship

                                                Last but not the least, apply for an internship to see what’s trending in the market and how much you are ready for it. While doing an internship, pay attention to your weak points and work on them. This will ensure a success when you apply for your dream job.

                                                By the late, it’s never too late to be an intern or grab whatever opportunity to learn something new! Here’s how:

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                                                The Bottom Line

                                                Seeing the current market scenario, it is evident that having computer skills is a boon for a better career ahead.

                                                So, rather than struggling with thousands of other things and trying to crack interviews, focus on the computer skills mentioned in this article. Utilize the resources and experts’ tips shared and look forward to having a successful and prosperous future.

                                                Featured photo credit: Glenn Carstens-Peters via unsplash.com

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