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iMovie '11 Review

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Just like I had done for iPhoto ’11, I’ve recorded a screencast of iMovie ’11. It’s difficult not to like something that’s continually improving and is relatively simple to use. The addition of the audio editing features makes iMovie ’11 worth the upgrade from earlier versions.

iMovie makes it easy to turn your home videos into your all-time favorite films. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll watch them over and over again. And you’ll share them with everyone.

New features include:

  • Movie Trailers
  • Audio Editing
  • One-Step Effects
  • People Finder
  • Sports and News Themes
  • World Premiere

Many people are griping about the Movie Trailers. It’s a kick-ass feature, though. Sure, we will likely see some crap-quality things being uploaded by people who don’t care to learn how to really use this function. However, we will also see some seriously awesome stuff pumped out on YouTube and other platforms.

Being able to edit audio is something we’ve long waited for! Thank god they finally listened, eh?

What are your thoughts on iMove ’11?

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iMovie for the iPhone

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I realize that after having used iMovie on the iPhone a number of times it would be easier to demonstrate it to all of you instead of simply talking about it. It is insanely easy to edit and process your movies and videos using iMovie. Don’t let its ease of use fool you, though. This app is very full-featured and powerful. With iMovie for iPhone, you can start several projects and finish them whenever you want and wherever you are.

After I chose a theme, I selected the video from my phone. I clipped and scrubbed the video in a matter of seconds. I was able to clip the dead air off the beginning of the video by selecting my place and tapping to clip it out. I wish there was a way to clip audio, but I suppose we can’t have everything we wish for.

I pressed the config icon next and made a few selections to change the theme and the theme music. You can choose theme music from the default or your iPod library, which is pretty sweet.

I added my location and “title” (I run one of our website URLs through the entire video) by going into the settings and toggling those options.

As you can see, it really is a snap to use iMovie for your iPhone. It’s a beautiful experience, I promise!

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iPhone 4 YouTube Video Upload Issue

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I uploaded a video to YouTube a few hours ago that I had recorded with my iPhone 4 while in my car. At the last minute, I decided to edit the video using the iMovie app which is available for only five bucks in iTunes. It was exceedingly simple to use. It has to now be my video editor of choice. It’s a fantastic app and I highly recommend it. The caveat, though, is the fact that the finished product would not upload to YouTube properly.

The video didn’t come out in a very high resolution. It came in at around 480×270. That’s rather small, considering the original source that was pulled into iMovie from the iPhone was a full 720p. When I exported the video at home, it displayed just fine at 720p.

Currently, the Photos tool which has the video upload feature that allows you to share videos to your YouTube account demolishes HD video. You cannot upload video directly from your iPhone 4 to YouTube, at least with default apps. I’m going to have to look for a third-party app. I’m going to let it be known, though, that Apple slipped up in a big way.

This is the first HD iPhone out there. It’s capable of viewing, recording and editing HD content. Publishing HD content isn’t happening. You can download your video to your computer and then upload to YouTube from there. We shouldn’t have to do this, though.

Once the video finally uploaded to YouTube, there was zero audio. The video itself was completely messed up. I don’t recommend trying to use the iPhone 4 built-in uploader at this time… not until there’s a fix.

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iPhone 4 Updates

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Well, it’s been about a day since I’ve switched from the iPhone 3GS to an iPhone 4, and I thought I’d gather some of my thoughts in video – using the iPhone 4 while I was on the road.

The video came out very well, in my estimation – except I couldn’t control where it was focused (and there was no way of telling how it was focused since I couldn’t see the screen). One solution could have been to use the front-facing camera, but then the footage would have come out at a lower resolution.

I decided (at the last second) to edit the video in iMovie on the iPhone – if only to see how easy it was to do. Indeed, it was easy. Uploaded directly to YouTube from the app, too!

I’ve experienced the same loss of signal when holding the iPhone in a certain way. I ended up zipping over to my local Apple store in order to grab a Bumper. This seems to have helped, although I’m on the lookout for a screen protector and case. Apple let Walt Mossberg know that they will be addressing this with a firmware update in the near future. I’m not so sure that is going to help.

Everything else is working seamlessly thus far. I’ve live streamed with the device, taken photos and movies with it, and even made several calls – none of which have dropped (knock on wood).

Still, the questions remain: what do you think about the iPhone 4 so far? What accessories are you getting? What would you recommend to the rest of the iPhone community?

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How to Create Picture-in-Picture Effects in iMovie

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Michael has created an excellent screencast to show you how to create awesome PiP effects using iMovie. His tutorial will make it easy for you to manage this, without having to use any other guides or learning curves. Don’t forget that you can submit your screencast for possible use on our channels!

First you’ll need to activate the feature by going into iMovie features, and be sure that “show advanced tools” is selected. Images lack an audio feature, of course. Take some video from your event library and drag it into your project. Then, select Picture in Picture.

Select your orientation. Michael prefers to add it to the corner, and drag it out to the edge of his shoulders. That way, his audience is able to see both whatever he is demonstrating, as well as himself.

From there, you can go to Clip Adjustments, and change the video effect. You may want to flip it, put it in black and white, or even add a romantic effect. You can adjust the speed to play faster or slower… or even play it in reverse.

Michael doesn’t like to have PiP cut in quickly. He prefers it to fade in, so he chooses the “Dissolve” feature. He also tends to play around with different borders, depending on what looks right for each individual video.

You can also change the volume within the video. In the audio tab, you’ll see something called “Ducking”. With the clip Michael is using, he wants it to be softer than his voice. By using Ducking, the video will be lower than his voice. You can clearly hear what he’s saying, but still hear the cars in the video background.

There are many ways you can adjust your Picture-in-Picture clip, as Michael has demonstrated. Who knew it could be so easy to do something like this? Thanks again, Michael!

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How to Edit with Chroma Key / Green Screen Videos

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I’m still surprised at how many of you accepted the first community challenge I threw out regarding green screens! Since I thought the response was so great, I bought a green screen of my own so we can do these once a week! Do you know how to edit these videos?

In order to edit one of these, you’re going to need a video editor that supports a Chroma Key (or at least the editing of these types of videos). If you use Mac OS X, iMovie 09 works amazingly well. Using the Chromakey plugin of iMovie allows you to intelligently blend two movies. This is more than applying a simple transparency mask, because it allows you to target any color in one of your movies and make that color transparent.

I opened iMovie and opened up the movie of Pixie. I clicked to show Advanced Tools in iMovie, in order to be able to play with the Chromakey features. I dragged and dropped the Pixie clip into the work area, and selected “Green Screen”. I had a picture I took in Alaska already loaded, so dragging Pixie around made her appear to be sitting in front of a mountain in Alaska! It’s that simple and that easy to do.

Now you know how to do this easily in OS X. I’ll keep doing these as long as all of you want to keep remixing them! If you use Windows, I’m not leaving you out! You can use the free CineGobs. It’s low budeget movie making with a Chromakey feature… and it works.

To me, it’s easy to drag the video into a static image and create something new. Let’s see how creative you can get with it. Show us how good you really are! I plan to upload a new one of these every Friday, so get going and create!

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Apple HQ / iMovie ’09 Video Stabilization Test

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I recently visited Apple’s Headquarters in Cupertino, CA. I took my Creative Vado HD with me and shot this clip.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have any kind of stabilization mechanism, so it came out quite shaky. It made for a perfect sample to test against iMovie ’09’s new stabilization feature. I was quite impressed with the results.

If you don’t believe there’s much of a difference, keep an eye on the tip of the green 1 throughout the duration of each version. The panning is much more smooth after the effect is applied.

I uploaded this video directly through iMovie ’09 and am not too pleased with how it looks here on YouTube. I decided to export the video with default Apple TV settings and upload the same test – since iMovie ’09 does not support YouTube HD export options.

What’s New in iLife ’09 (iPhoto, iMovie, iWeb, GarageBand)?

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I am taking a look at the new iLife ’09 for Mac OS X. As of the day I installed this, January 26th, it wasn’t available to the public yet. Due to a misprint in a BestBuy ad, Danny was able to purchase his copy early. Taking a look at it, I’m already liking what I see. The four components of iLife are:

  • iPhoto – Organize photos two new ways: Faces, based on who’s in your photos, and Places, based on where your photos were taken. Then share on Facebook or Flickr with a click.
  • iMovie – Make a great movie in the time you have. Choose a dynamic theme to enhance your movie in seconds. Or refine every shot with the Precision Editor.
  • GarageBand – Learn to play piano and guitar. Learn songs from the artists who made them famous. Rock like a legend with new guitar amps and stompbox effects.
  • iWeb – Design a website to share your photos, movies, and music just by dragging and dropping. Add new dynamic widgets and publish and share with a click.

Danny says that he’s noticed no speed improvements, but has definitely gotten excellent functionality improvements. He says that it is definitely well worth the amount of money it cost to buy the software.

I’m big into shooting live-to-tape, via Ustream. However, after watching Danny play around in iMovie, I’m willing to give it another try. He loves iPhoto just as much, especially the capability to publish immediately to Facebook or Twitter. iPhoto also lets you organize your photos in ways you may not have even thought of before.

The new version of GarageBand allows you to “take lessons” from beginning to expert level. There are new guitar features, and full-screen capability!! Assign instruments and styles to your guitarist, bassist, drummer, and keyboard player. Shuffle instruments randomly to instantly hear a new sound from your backing band. Create a custom mix using volume sliders or by muting and soloing any instrument.

And then we come to iWeb. iWeb makes it simple to design your own website… a task that is difficult for many people. Start by picking an Apple-designed theme. Each theme comes with coordinated fonts, backgrounds, and colors to give your site a consistent look throughout. Next, choose your template, and customize it using the tools integrated in iWeb.

I’m definitely getting my copy this week and getting it installed… are you?

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Speed Up MP4 Video Encoding

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http://live.pirillo.com/ – If you do any video encoding, you know how long of a process it can be at times. Before I went to Germany, I used Visual Hub to encode several videos, and it literally took days!

I wish I had known about the Elgato Turbo.264 back then. This little USB-like device takes much of the work out of encoding, and significantly speeds up the process. While in Germany, I used iMovie to encode some videos I threw up on YouTube, including the one where Ponzi speeding around the GM test track.

Videos can take a surprisingly long time to encode – sometimes longer than the actual playing time. What’s more, video encoding can demand a sizeable chunk of system resources. How long and how much depends on the processor speed of your Mac, the length and complexity of the source video, the size of the video file, and the amount of video compression required for the desired end result

Turbo.264 accelerates video encoding up to four times faster on Macs with Intel Core processors.

You have a collection of videos on your Mac. They’re movies you downloaded from your camcorder or digital camera, or perhaps projects you created yourself with iMovie. They could be short video clips that friends and family sent you by email, or TV shows, music videos, and movies that you recorded with EyeTV.

How do you make them iTunes-ready for your iPod or Apple TV? How do you put them on a Sony PSP?

The solution is Turbo.264, a blazingly fast and easy-to-use video encoder with a high-perfomance engine. Use the included software to convert your Mac videos one at a time or in a batch; The application drops the converted file(s) into iTunes for you, ready to synch automatically with your iPod, Apple TV or iPhone. Alternatively, plug in Turbo.264 while you use the MP4 export command of popular Macintosh video applications. Not only does Turbo.264 get the job done faster, it frees up your processor for other tasks. Think of it as a “co-processor” for your Mac.

The software application that comes with Elgato Turbo.264 offers an easy-to-use choice of five presets: iPod High, iPod Standard, Sony PSP, Apple TV, and iPhone. For Apple TV content, the quality of videos encoded with Turbo.264 software is unrivaled: Turbo.264 converts standard definition television recordings without scaling so that recordings appear on Apple TV in the same resolution they were recorded.

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