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Jan 18, 2013 1:40 PM

Hi

 

I am trying to start up a new project in imovie 09.

But cant seem to get rid of the old project....

 

The "Add to project" button is greyed out

It won't let me drag and drop video clips into the project

There is no "Import file" in the menus

 

This is the thrid time I try to get my head around this very strange app.

 

I have been using Logic Pro profesionally for over 15 years, and had hoped that would help me understand imovie better.

That doesnt seem to be the case....

 

It would appreciate any constructive help !

iMovie '08, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
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    Jan 18, 2013 7:11 PM (in response to MixMan1)

    First, click on the Project Library button to go to the Project Library view. From this view, you should be able to start a new project.

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
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    Jan 19, 2013 5:29 AM (in response to MixMan1)

    Some of the very best Tutorials are for iMovie 08. I recommend you start there.

    Especially watch the one on Creating a Movie and the one on working with Audio.

    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/movies/imovie08.html

     

    Then here are Tutorials for iMovie 09 which has a lot more features than iMovie 08, but the same architecture.

    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/movies/

     

    It is important to understand Projects and Events.

     

    An Event contains your raw clips, unedited. An Event can be used in one or more projects. Using a clip in a project does not copy the clip. The clip exists only in the Event. The project uses the event clip by using the path to the event clip.

     

    A Project contains your edits for creating a movie. In the iMovie interface, your edits are displayed in real time, but in reality, A Project is a list of your edits. There are no physical video clips in project. The project will have instructions like "Get clip A in event y which is on disk 2 and start at frame 43 and continue to frame 156". "Add a Title with the following text to frame 50 and continue for 10 seconds", etc.

     

    When you want to show your movie to the outside world, you use the SHARE menu. This will take the project and the event and execute all the instructions in the project to create a finished movie. (This is called rendering).

     

    On your question about the nudge, you can move or trim by dragging with your mouse. You can move the Thumbnail Slider to 1/2 second per thumbnail to make it easier to drag one frame at a time.

     

    If you prefer to use keyboard shortcuts rather than the mouse, here is a list of Keyboard Shortcuts for iMovie11. I think most of them apply to iMovie 09 as well.

    http://help.apple.com/imovie/#mov3ae8c33b

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
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    Jan 20, 2013 10:01 AM (in response to MixMan1)

    Q1

    Go to the Project Library View. Select your project. Click FILE/DUPLICATE PROJECT. (I think Righ-click owuld work, too.)

    Give the duplicate a name - like Edit 2.

     

    Q2

    You can always drag new clips anywhere in the project.

     

    If you want to edit a clip, either select the whole clip or select the portion of the clip you want (by dragging). Then right-click and you can delete the selection, trim to the selection and see many other options.

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
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    Jan 20, 2013 10:02 AM (in response to AppleMan1958)

    One more thing. Go to iMovie/Preferences and make sure that the Advanced Tools are turned on.

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
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    Jan 20, 2013 11:35 AM (in response to MixMan1)

    Drag the new clip to the frame where you want it to start and choose Cutaway.

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
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    Jan 20, 2013 2:35 PM (in response to MixMan1)

    I just saw your Question 3. This may help.

    http://help.apple.com/imovie/#mov3a6201ac

    Be sure to read the third link on how transitions overlap with other clips.

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