Why I do NOT recommend iMovie (except for making YouTube & Talking Head Videos)

Leslie Lello
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Producer/Director - Photographer - Videographer
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Movie Directing Made Simple: How To Direct Movies

Learn how to be a movie director and how to work with a actors and a production crew in a professional manner!

06:07:25 of on-demand video • Updated May 2018

  • Understand the position of director on a movie set, why it is important and what the job entails
  • Learn to create shotlists and shot maps for scenes you are directing and why they are important
  • Guide actors and crew through a movie production that is cohesive and has all of its elements working together and making sense
  • Learn how to be the type of director that producers (the people that hire you) love to bring on to a project
English [Auto] OK. Hi. Hey there I am making this video for my directing students and I wanted to talk about editors because we haven't. Well somebody asked a question my editors and I never really got into it because the technology changes really quickly sometimes and I don't like talking about the technical aspects but I'm going to I created the directing class on my cell phone and then it was put into just did it in Premiere Pro and I don't know because I use a bunch of different editors and it went really fast and it was a really good way to do it. I am now putting in a section on acting and I just want to so many as devout editors as I mentioned a moment ago and I wanted to just try this out because I hadn't used I'm moving in a really long time. And my problem with the movie which I wanted to make sure wasn't an erroneous statement based on a few years ago is that it's limited it can do some stuff really fast and really well but it's limited and I stand by that. So I'm creating all of these what's going to project this was just one of the clips I did. I created all of these for some of them aren't for the acting section but most of them are so I'm going to walk you through this this isn't a technical thing but just I want to show you the limitations in creating a nice face for creating a video and movie. And if you don't feel like watching the whole thing I'm just going to say that maybe it's a good idea to just if you have something like a YouTube video where you don't need a lot of cuts. You're basically just throwing in a logo then this is a good choice if you are creating something where you're creating an entire scene where you have a lot of cuts and it's complicated and then you're going to do color correction especially if you're going to do color correction. This is definitely not the program to use and even if you think oh I'll use this it's simplified and then I'll move into Premier Pro. It's completely different than Premier Pro or Final Cut Pro and I haven't used avid and it's definitely different than Davinci as well so let's duplicate this one I'm making all these clips but a lot of the settings are the same for all of these. And I figured it would be a good way to walk through. So here is number 21. I go in there and change the name. What's the name of it. I want you to say and this these are the Improv of course. So because I duplicated it there's still all these clips. I could probably delete some of these clips. Maybe I will because they're not going to be used in this section at all and I find when I do that. And they're not going to be used at all so I might as well just finish it. The one with the orange line was used in the last one so I'm not going to delete that. I'll show you why. Also because if you delete something with all of these things attached and I don't feel like remaking them. Watch pull thing goes I'm going to Control-C that. But now you see it's backing and I have to move these two. And these are all things I learned. So there's a learning curve to everything and that's not bad. But really if you're going to have that learning curve learn something more useful than movie especially if you're a director that edits movies with a lot of different clips. So and I will also add that back in 2000 when I start using movie 2005 when I started editing I was using my own movie and I did make some movies with a lot of complicated clips including a 48 hour film with a movie and it came out right. But they changed the way that they presented everything and all the clips in how you cut it. And I actually find it much more cumbersome. So I am just adding that. So the way Whoops the way you do media editors I have a keyboard that is very very you know solar powered and C and also a while we're in here it creates all of these like crazy folder of things in your movie library. And I don't use typically the native stuff for a movie or for photo because I like to have access to all of my videos. I mean every editing software does that and makes like their own file format for editing but I find it to be increasingly so like and also rather complicated in movie. So I'm doing this and raw footage. So where was I. OK. I think that's. So let's go back to I'm moving. So it's like keep switching and appropriately and I'm just this is the one I used for the last video and getting information 5 1 5 1. So what I'm going to do is go into. So I also want to show how they have the new clip that I'm editing but then they have like all this and I've made it messy because I haven't put everything in there but also That's why do I need to have my library in both places. I mean it just seems like there's events versus media. It just it's complicated and I don't like that. So I'm going to go into and maybe even deleted here which is why I was reluctant to delete anyway because probably all of these clips that I don't even want to get into it so I probably shouldn't have deleted all that but now it's going faster so who's off that. Anyway let's go into what's going on directing actors and put in cars now I'm curious. So 50 are key word to stick this in the sun for a little bit. So I'm just going to go back to our movie and then go back to my finder and drag this into the directing actors event and then I'm going to drag it into this particular media thing I'm a complete other time it up and up and I don't know OK we'll drag it into there then. So there's a bit of a learning curve. I'm sure somebody who's better at movie would be able to tell me why that was happening. So it's an eight minute clip and when I recorded this I recorded this really loud and so you see I don't know if you can hear that for the mike but I just I've been listening through headphones and I just prefer to do it in here. So I'm actually going to pull this right in here and you see how it's peaking already in the audio. I'm going to just what I've been doing to make it consistent is dragging it down. That's the first clip that's the last. That's the one I did for the last video. So this is lesson number twenty two and it's going to be just drag down till like I've been doing like 20 22 percent ish. But I like to point out something here. I it's there's nothing exact in it and I can kind of go in here and make it a little bit more exact but it just doesn't here. Did 22 this time. Sometimes it keeps jumping over 22 and that's what I don't like about this program. So normally I would go through and cut out all my you know opening that's how I was kind of slating. But here is oh by the way so you can see the finished kind of color corrected version and you can see without the color correction. And so what I did was I had been going in. I'll probably cut it afterwards but there's the color correction. I do auto it showing up. OK so let me undo that. So again no use fees. So do that and then we'll do a bit of this. I reduce the background noise and I go in and do treble reduce. Here's the thing about this though. Again I'm not entirely thrilled with any of these choices and this is the best one. And but in Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro you have much more control and if I really wanted to get into it I could bring it into Audacity which is this little one but you know I'm trying. This is already taking me a really long time in this program because I want to use this program to get a feel for it and to see if I wanted to recommend it but I don't want to recommend it. So again. So I'm just doing a single clip for the most part and I'll put that on there too. So now this has a vignette on it. And so one clip one logo over the clips or the way you got to do that is you got to drag it all the way on to the new clip right ear. Right ear. Yeah. And then and that is kind of nice to not oh man I never retire. Oh just export something and I never retype this. I just realized I just export it a 10 minute clip law anyway so and I'm not putting it to the front because I'm going to cut this part. So anyway. And the cutting is relatively easy so you can see I put my hands up and some smile girlfriend and then apply. I could've just dragged it too. That's kind of a goofy expression. But anyway and because I could have just grabbed in here and like you know pulled it that way. But I'm not going to because I wanted to show you the other way. So that's pretty easy. But overall I don't like this editing program. Now it's been going slow because I do feel like it gets bogged down. Premiere Pro on this computer also gets bogged down because I am an older version but this shouldn't get bogged down because it's the native software and so when I am in here and I am exporting this will be a pie that like opens up and becomes entirely white you know kind of like a clock rotating. And so I have to sit there. I don't want to touch it during that time. So when you have 25 videos to add it actually in this section is probably you know 25. It's taking forever because I'm just letting it sit there and then I go find something else to do and then I end up doing something else entirely and being like oh I should be editing the acting section. So it's taken a full month to edit something that probably in Premiere would have taken two days. So that's another thing because you can do batch exporting in Premiere Pro and in most other editing programs. And so that's just a little bit about this and I am going to keep that section the way it is. This was shot on a DSL are and I wanted to edit it in a different way but I wanted to see if a movie could manage DSL are two and 20 then 80. Or ten baby footage and I think it did handle it. But it's really limited in what you can do with it even up to the titles. I in another project I wanted to create titles just using you know a card just using it to go in and make another slide instead of being able to just use all these titles which look like cool on everything and like they should be available you know but like they're really not available and not like I didn't want to rolling. I guess that's you know it is rolling. I didn't want that. So you kind of just have to either go with it go something that looks fancy but weird. And so I just went in and made a title card here. So that's it for the movie it's not a technical thing. If I can find a link to a good tutorial I will post it but I really just wanted to show that I don't like this program but it's Except for maybe YouTube videos where it's just a talking head or something like this where it's teaching and there's really not much many cuts going on and not many layering not a lot of layering of footage or of special effects or of a color correction.