The Complete iMovie Course - from Beginner to Advanced
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The Complete iMovie Course - from Beginner to Advanced

Learn everything about iMovie and WOW your friends and family with your movie editing talents and with your cool movies!
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Created by Rafi Saar
Last updated 12/2016
English
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Includes:
  • 10.5 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Amaze your friends, family, and co-workers with your movie editing abilities and your amazing movies
  • Master all iMovie features and capabilities
  • Perform tricks iMovie wasn't even supposed to allow you to do
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Requirements
  • You will need a Mac computer, desktop or laptop.
  • iMovie 10.1 which comes for free with every new Macintosh computer.
Description

[Last lectures update - Dec. 5th, 2016: Added coverage for the new Touch Bar support in iMovie 10.1.3]

Join the more than 500 students from 60 countries who enrolled in this course in less than 3 months.

Do you want to create a short cool video of your family vacation?
Do you want to create an amazing trailer of a fun day with friends?
Do you need to create a short movie for work to promote a product or explain some concepts?
This course will give you all the tools to accomplish this in iMovie!

THIS COURSE WAS CREATED INSIDE THIS COURSE!
There is no similar iMovie course available anywhere.  Everything you need is here.
I used iMovie to create this iMovie course and in the course I show how I built different elements of this course itself!
Even though I use the more professional movie editor Final Cut Pro X in my work, I used iMovie in this course to prove that everything I did is actually possible to achieve with this apparently simple application.

If you have a Mac, you most certainly have iMovie or can download it, probably even for free.  Maybe you've even used iMovie before.
But do you know everything there is to know about iMovie?

iMovie was especially designed to be a very easy to use movie editor.  And it is.  But it still packs a ton of features.  Most people aren't aware of the breath of functionality that is hidden inside iMovie.

In this iMovie course I will cover everything you need to know in order to master this application completely.  Even if you've already used iMovie before, after taking this course you'll be able to accomplish things you didn't even know were possible with such a "simple" application.  And you will certainly wow friends and family or your co-workers with your works of art.

This course is meant for all levels, from beginners to advanced users.
For beginners: because I explain everything.  You need no prior knowledge before taking this course.  And after finishing this course you will know everything about iMovie and you'll be able to produce amazing movies and trailers, with movie clips, photos, transitions, titles, backgrounds and maps, with video and audio effects, using themes, etc.
For advanced users: because this course has tons of PRO lectures.  I will show you how to overcome and work around many of iMovie's limitations and help accomplish many things that iMovie's designers and developers never meant you could even do with iMovie.  Just check the list of PRO lectures (they're all marked "PRO" at the beginning of their name) and see for yourself.

Because I give so much information, this course is about 10 hours in length!
You can choose to view all the lectures and get the most out of it.
But you can also decide to view this course as a reference.
 The lectures are clearly organized in logical sections and you can decide to only take those lectures that you want to take.  Except for the PRO lectures, most lectures are self-contained so that you could understand each subject in each lecture without having to view previous lectures.  And if you do find yourself not understanding something, just find the lecture that explains that concept.  So you can watch anything you want, in any order that you want.

With Udemy's 30-day guarantee, you can't lose.  But I'm certain that everyone will find enough new information in this course to make it worth.

What this course is not:

  • I will not teach you how to shoot your footage.  That may be part of a different course, but this course only focuses on video editing in iMovie.
  • I will not give you ideas on what movies you should make.  The creative process should come from you.  I will show you all the tools and techniques you could use in iMovie and chances are these will spark ideas in your mind for you to pursue in your movie creation.
  • This course only covers iMovie for the Mac and not iMovie for iOS, even though obviously many concepts are similar.  The UI is clearly different.  I may add a section in the future about moving a movie from iMovie for iOS to iMovie for Mac so you could start editing on your iOS device and then continue editing on the Mac.
  • iMovie has a small functionality called App Preview which is meant for developers to create short movie app previews to be put on the App Store.  Basically it only adds a few additional elements you could use in your movies. I will not cover this feature.  Maybe I'll add another section about it in the future, but I believe that if you've mastered this class, you should know how to use this feature as well.

I'm sure you will enjoy this class and I can't wait to see the amazing movies you will make!

Who is the target audience?
  • Everyone! Beginners will learn all the basics of iMovie.
  • Experienced users will learn pro features and tips to perform the impossible in iMovie.
  • Anyone who wants to edit movies easily and make the most out of iMovie.
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Curriculum For This Course
96 Lectures
10:42:31
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Introduction
4 Lectures 16:56

This is the free course trailer or promo video and gives a short synopsis of what to expect in this course.

Preview 01:55

This lecture gives some more details about the course structure and how different users with different levels can approach this course differently.  This course includes so much content that it can be seen as a reference for iMovie.  A student could decide to take all the lectures or decide to take only those lectures that interest him/her.

Course Introduction
03:50

For those who never used iMovie before and can't wait until after the initial boring lectures, here's a short quick guide where I show you how to start from nothing, import footage, create and edit a movie with video's photos, a theme with automatic titles and transitions.  Finally, we'll export the movie as a file so you could show it to the world.

Quick Guide - Import ... Create ... Go!
09:27

Most of the lectures in the course use iMovie 10.1.1.  The initial project creation steps have slightly changed in iMovie 10.1.2 so I'm showing here how the change looks so you'll know why the lectures will look a little different than your version of iMovie.

Changes in Latest iMovie Versions
01:44
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Importing Media
5 Lectures 21:17

In this lecture we'll perform our first media import from an iPhone and we'll discuss the import window and the events the media is going to.

1st Import - Import Window - Import from iPhone
09:10

In this lecture we'll see how to import directly from a camera and how to import from the camera's memory card connected directly to your Mac and we'l see the differences between those 2 methods.

Importing from Memory Cards & Cameras
04:42

In this lecture we'll see how to capture footage being played live from an older tape-based camera as well as how to capture live footage from a webcam or other camera connected to your computer.

Importing from Tape Camera & Capturing Live Footage
03:03

In this lecture we'll see how to import footage that's already stored on any of your connected hard disk drives or thumb drives as well as importing media directly from the Mac Finder.

Importing from a Hard Drive & from the Finder
03:13

This lecture will show you how to add any storage location as a favorite import source to save you time in future imports from that same source.

Preview 01:09
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Media Organization
5 Lectures 33:05

In this lecture we'll understand iMovie's notion of an event.  What makes up an event, how to create a new one, rename, sort, etc.

Events
07:51

This lecture will explain the notion of iMovie's libraries, when to use a different one, how to create it, rename, etc.

Libraries
06:01

This lecture will explain the notion of a Project in iMovie and its hierarchy relative to libraries and events.

Projects
05:37

This lecture explains all the actions you can perform on clips, events, and projects in the libraries, including copying, moving and deleting, but also merging and splitting.

Copy, Move, and Delete Clips, Events, and Projects
04:37

PRO lecture: in this lecture we'll explain how the iMovie Library packages are organised, where you can find your data on your drive, and where the original clips can be found, based on where they were originally imported or copied to.

PRO - Actual Location of Files on Your Drive
08:59
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The Interface
2 Lectures 10:17

In this lecture we'll learn the different parts of the iMovie user interface.

The iMovie Interface
02:58

In this lecture we'll see all the different user interface elements that the user can customize and how to reset them to the default settings.

Customizing the Interface
07:19
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Clips Organization for a Project
1 Lecture 08:11

In this lecture we'll learn how to rate clips so you could later filter the clips by those ratings and make it easier to find the correct  clips when building your movie.  We'll also learn how to find specific clips.

Preview 08:11
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Creating Our First Project
6 Lectures 27:03

In this lecture we'll cover the different ways to add clips or even parts of clips to the timeline.  We'll also cover very important and useful keyboard shortcuts.

Adding Clips to the Timeline
10:07

In this lecture we'll cover the different playback options available in iMovie, such as playing just a selection, loop playback, play from the beginning, frame by frame, full screen, and more.

Playback Options
05:05

Here we'll cover the main project settings such as the movie resolution, automatic content, clip size, fade to/from black, and more.

Project Settings
04:01

In this lecture we'll learn how to overcome iMovie's limitation of setting the movie's resolution to that of the 1st clip.

PRO - Set the Movie Resolution
03:01

In this lecture we'll learn to perform the most basic editing tasks: trimming, moving clips around in the timeline, and cutting/copying/pasting clips.

Simple Edits in the Timeline
02:37

How do you save a project?  Check out in this lecture.

Saving & Duplicating a Project
02:12
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Editing in the Timeline
4 Lectures 27:12

In this lecture we'll go through the most basic editing tools we will use: skimming, playback, selecting a portion of a clip, splitting and joining clips, using markers, and performing a roll edit in the precision editor.

Basic Editing Tools
08:59

In this lecture we'll go over the different methods to trim a clip.  Here we'll also explain the notion of clips in the timeline being only a reference of the original footage in your library.  We'll also perform a ripple edit and slip edit in the clip trimmer and we'll set a clip to a specific time length.

Trimming
11:31

This lecture will show the different ways you can replace a clip in the timeline by another clip from the browser.

Preview 05:30

In this lecture we'll see how we can easily create a fast image flicker effect.

PRO - Create a Fast Flicker Effect
01:12

This short quiz will double check with you to make sure you remember in what iMovie screen you can perform what type of edit.

Special Trimming Quiz
3 questions
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Transitions
4 Lectures 18:57

Ein this lecture we will learn how we can search and preview transitions, how to add a transition and a trick to audition transitions quickly.

Adding Transitions
05:40

In this lecture we'll see how to change a transition length once or globally, what happens when there isn't enough raw material to lengthen a transition, and we'll go once again to the precision editor, but this time with the transition.

Changing Transition Length
06:18

This lecture describes the default transition and the default transition duration.

Transition Defaults
01:19

This lecture covers a few more topics related to transitions, namely fading, transitions iMovie can automatically put for you, and deleting transitions (including when you have auto-content turned on).

Fade, Auto Transition, & Deleting Transitions
05:40
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Secondary Timeline
11 Lectures 01:18:27

This lecture will explain the different ways to add clips as a secondary timeline.  It will explain the very important notion of the iMovie magnetic timeline.  Also, this lecture will cover the first of 4 overlay options called cutaway.

Adding a Secondary Timeline (B-Roll)
09:10

This lecture will explain how to work with the famous green or blue screen to allow you to transport your subjects anywhere you want and produce cool effects that way.  We will talk about the mask and the eraser tools to help us get a clean green screen effect.

Green / Blue Screen
08:28

This lecture will cover the 3rd overlay option, the split screen, which shows 2 images side by side.

Split Screen
01:41

In this lecture we'll cover the 4th overlay option: picture in picture, which allows you to add a smaller image inside the main video.  This is the only place in iMovie where you can make the original image smaller.  We'll cover all the options and we'll also talk about the keyframes that let you change the size and position of the smaller frame over time.

Picture in Picture
06:59

This course was built inside this course. Here I show you how I've added some overlays, like cutaways and picture-in-picture, to some of the course lectures you've already seen earlier.

Applying Overlays to the Course Lectures
10:28

This lecture will show how you can get more effects and transitions from the internet which either have a green background or a transparent background and use them as overlays in your movies.

PRO - Add Transparent Effects & Transitions
07:30

In this lecture we'll learn how we can apply some tricks to get an image to move along the screen by using the keyframe options in the picture-in-picture overlay.

PRO - Animate a Character
04:07

iMovie only allows adding 1 overlay on top of the main timeline.  In this lecture we'll show a trick on how to overcome this limitation and add more videos one on top of the other.

The "4 PIPs" background files described in this lecture are downloadable as extra assets of this lecture.

PRO - Multiple Overlays - 4 PIPs
10:29

This lecture will explain how we can build a logo that will remain in the corner of our video and which we could reduce in opacity so we could still see the video trough the logo.

PRO - Adding a Constant Logo in the Corner
07:34

iMovie doesn't really have any options to crop an image without having it fill the whole image.  In this lecture will learn how to use the green screen masking option to crop an image to any size we want, in this case to the aspect ratio of feature films.

The background file shown in the lecture is available for download as an asset of this lecture.

PRO - Crop image to 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
05:04

In this lecture we're going to combine some of tricks we've learned in this section to create a nice transparent animated intro with our logo which we could then put on top of any background or other video.

PRO - Create a Custom Transparent Logo Intro
06:57

This quiz will test your understanding or remind you of the extra functionality we can get from the overlay options.

Extra Features of Overlays
4 questions
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Working with Photos
3 Lectures 11:15

This section will explain how to add pictures from the Photos (or Aperture) app and how to handle pictures in the timeline.

Adding Photos
03:30

In this lecture we'll see how to change the duration of a photo as well as how to change the default duration for pictures.

Change Photo Duration
01:50

This lecture will describe the different crop settings: fit, crop to fill, and Ken Burns.  We will also discuss the default photo placement and image rotation.

Crop Settings
05:55
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About the Instructor
Rafi Saar
4.6 Average rating
131 Reviews
1,214 Students
2 Courses
Owner Syncopa Productions and Software Engineer

Hi, I'm Rafi.  Originally from Belgium.  I have an MS degree in Computer Science from Columbia University.
While I've been a software engineer and a manager at hi-tech firms for many years, I was also always busy doing music, video, and photography.

I've been using the Macintosh computer since the early days of the Mac Plus and I always enjoyed all the software and tools that this platform provided us.  Over the years these tools allowed us to produce more and more professional products on our own using our personal computers.  Things that once required big studios, you can do today at home using relatively cheap software.

I'm very passionate about everything creative that I do, and that certainly includes audio and video work.
On the audio side, I have experienced with different DAWs until I finally settled on Apple's Logic Pro.  I compose, play, arrange, and sing.
On the video side, it really started as a hobby with the first release of iMovie.  At the time I was using a tape-based DV camera.  But iMovie was the first video editor that allowed anyone to do magic.  Suddenly there was a way to use the hours of footage that we all recorded on vacations and other occasions, and produce a much shorter and cool movie that people would actually be willing to sit and watch.  I was hooked right away.

Over time I used all versions of iMovie and at some point I made the jump to Final Cut Pro X, I opened a company called Syncopa Productions, I started producing professional movies for clients and I opened some YouTube channels.

With iMovie, I was often frustrated because of iMovie's limitations.  But my creative mind came up with tricks and solutions to overcome these.  I'm never satisfied until what I do is perfect.  That led me to find solutions to perform quasi-professional editing that you normally can only do with more expensive and more professional software.

I use that same perfectionism in my teaching.  I taught many people on many different subjects, in hi-tech and in private situations.  I could never rest until I knew for sure that the subject matter has been understood completely.

I think you'll find that trait in my lectures as well.  I am unable to teach something partially.  I won't just skim over a subject.  Whatever I teach, I'll cover it completely so you'll fully understand the subject.

I truly hope you will indeed learn from the knowledge that I'm sharing with you and that you'll apply that knowledge in your own life.