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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...

Creating Stop-Motion and Slowmation Videos in iMovie

This tutorial will show how to create a Stop-motion or Slowmation video in iMovie with still images. Download Workshop Files (135 MB) Creating a Stop-Motion or Slowmation Video Start a new project in iMovie and import your images into iMovie. If you need help with...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Converting iPhone HEVC Video to .mp4 Format

This tutorial will show you how to use a program called Handbrake, to convert your iPhone video into .mp4 format. Different cameras and phones record video into many different formats, depending. The most universal video format at the moment is...

Setting Up Premiere Project Folder

Project Folder Before you get started editing in Premiere, you need to create a file system to save all of your video files and your Premiere project files. To do this, create a folder on the desktop and name it something specific to your project like, 360 Project....

Importing Footage into Adobe Premiere

If you have not yet set up your project folder, please go to our tutorial explaining how to get set up. When you are ready to import your footage into your project, go to the main menu at the top of your screen and select File then from that menu, select Import toward...

Adding Video Clips to the Timeline and Basic Editing

When you are ready to start editing your project, you’ll need to move your video clips from the Media Browser to the timeline. The timeline is in the lower right hand quadrant of the interface. First, choose the clip you want to place on the timeline from the Media...

Adjusting the Volume of a Clip

Select the clip on the timeline that you wish to increase or decrease the volume by clicking on it to select it. Next, select the Effect Controls tab in the upper left hand quadrant of the interface and scroll down to Audio Effects. Toggle the arrow to the left of...

Viewing Project in 360º Mode

It is a good idea to continually view your project in 360º viewing mode while editing to make sure any edits like titles and transitions look correctly aligned. To do this, first add the VR button to the interface. Click the plus sign underneath the preview window...