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Using QuickTime Player to Record P-MOPS Group Discussions

Recording a P-MOPS Group Discussion can be easily accomplished using QuickTime Player and the camera built-in to an iMac in the Media Commons.  The resulting movie recording can then be uploaded to box.psu.edu and shared for class as it will likely exceed the file...

How to Share Your Computer Screen with Media Commons

Sharing your computer allows the Media Commons consultants the ability to view and control your computer. This is useful if you are unsure of how to explain the problem or have no idea what is wrong. This lets the Consultants actually see and control your machine,...

Setting Mic Levels on the Mac

Once the audio source is connected to the computer, click on the Apple logo in the menu bar at the top of your screen, and select System Preferences. Click once on the Sound icon, then select the Input tab at the top of the dialog box. Make sure your desired...

Introduction to Basic Editing in iMovie

This tutorial will introduce some of the basic editing skills in iMovie. Starting a New Project To start a new project, first open iMovie. You should be presented with a screen that looks like this: This is the Project List, and it will show you all of the projects...

Final Cut Pro: Exporting Your Finished Movie

Exporting your finished movie is one of the last steps of the editing process.  This turns all of your edits into a new movie file.  This can be uploaded to YouTube, or embedded into a website or presentation, or burned to a DVD. When you are ready to export your...

Recording Audio in GarageBand

Select a Track The new podcast that you’ve created will open with two tracks. The first one will be selected by default. To select the other, simply click on it. The track will be highlighted in light gray once you’ve selected it. To create additional tracks, click...

Exporting a Podcast as an MP3 in GarageBand

This tutorial will show how to export a podcast out of GarageBand as an MP3. Once you’ve completed your podcast, exporting as an MP3 is extremely easy. First save your project. Click on File and click Save. This step only saves the data file of your recording and...

Fades, Volume Adjustment, Music, and Sound Effects in GarageBand

GarageBand comes with a wide array of jingles and sound effects to make your podcast pop. This tutorial will show you how to use them in your podcast, and how to do fades and adjust audio levels of different clip segments. Add an Intro, Outro or Sound Effects Click...

Starting a New Podcast Project in GarageBand

To open GarageBand, click on the GarageBand icon on the dock at the bottom of the screen click on the magnifying glass in the upper right hand corner of the screen and start typing “GarageBand.” When it shows up in the search, click on it to open. Once it opens, you...

Editing Podcasts in GarageBand

Once you’ve recorded your audio, you will probably want to edit it in some way, whether it’s fixing your mistakes or adjusting the volume. Once you’ve made a recording, you can play it back by dragging the playhead to the beginning and pressing the spacebar. You can...

Capturing Footage using an iSight in iMovie

To capture footage using your iSight camera (the built-in camera on the iMac) inside iMovie, press the Import button at the top of iMovie, which is a downward-facing arrow. When you do, a window will pop up. Choose FaceTime Camera (Built-in) under the Cameras section...

Using Themes in iMovie

Themes can be used to quickly build stylized video edits. However, it should be noted that the No Theme or unstylized timeline is the most appropriate theme for most class assignments. To add a Theme to your iMovie project, you can either start a new project, or open...

Creating Animated Maps in iMovie

iMovie has a feature that allows users to create custom animated maps to place in their video. This tutorial will outline exactly how to create and include one of these maps in your video. To start, we want to locate the Maps and Backgrounds section under Content...

Changing the Speed of a Clip in iMovie

iMovie allows you to change the speed at which – and direction in which – a clip plays. The following tutorial will help you find and change the speed and direction of a particular clip. Once you have added some footage to your Timeline you are ready to change the...

Stabilizing Footage in iMovie

iMovie allows you to smooth out or stabilize a clip: in other words if your footage is really shaky it will help smooth that out. The following tutorial will help you find and smooth out your clip in iMovie. Once you have some footage in your Timeline you are ready to...

Adding Video Effects in iMovie

iMovie comes with several Clip Filters and Audio Effects that can be added to any or all of your footage to help you achieve a style or look to your video. The following tutorial will help you find and add those effects. Once you have some footage in your Timeline you...

Adding and Customizing Titles in iMovie

This tutorial assumes you are already familiar with the concepts discussed in the Basic Editing in iMovie tutorial. Start with video already on your Timeline. Click “Titles” listed at the top left half of the screen. This will open up the Titles Browser where you can...

How to Use Green Screen in iMovie

To use your green screen footage in a bigger project, first edit it the following way, export it, and then import the new file. Not doing so will cause you to be unable to use cutaways, text, or transitions with your green screen footage. To use green screen in...

Adding Sound Effects, Music and Recording Voiceovers in iMovie

This tutorial will explain how to add sound effects, music and how to record voiceovers in iMovie. Sound Effects and Music iMovie has a built-in Library of sound effects and royalty free music that you are able to use and access easily from within the program. Click...

How to Import Videos from an HD Camera

On the Camera Plug in your HD camera via USB or Firewire cable, whichever your camera uses. Make sure your camera is on and set to Playback mode. You should be able to switch to Playback mode by pressing the button next to an icon that usually looks something like...