Although the thought of watching three plus hours of tutorials on a program I am already quite familiar with, I am not above learning all that I can learn. I am not so certain that I think that I know everything. In fact, it’s quite the contrary. There is always something more I can learn. My point and case is evident in my pursuit of my Master’s Degree here at Full Sail University. With that said, I watched the three plus hours, three hours and twenty-eight minutes to be exact, of iMovie tutorials at Lynda.com. And wouldn’t you know it, I learned something new!
One of the AHHHH things that I learned from the tutorials was the green screen effect in iMovie. Anyone can produce a video in ANY location. Seriously, any location. As long as you have footage of that vacation and access to green paint…. you are golden. So of course I wanted to experiment, but have no intention now or ever painting any wall in my house green (if you watched this part of the tutorial, I am sure you are chuckling along with me). However, if one was so inclined to have a green wall or backdrop (again, where would I even find one of those) with programs like ZamZar (a free video conversion service with videos from Youtube), creating a video in which you are ANYWHERE is actually possible. I actually would like to try that someday soon, but for the purpose of this assignment, I wanted to try my hand at the movie trailers in iMovie.
The movie trailer feature in iMovie has always been highly engaging and honestly its usually the first thing I attempt in a project i put together. However, I have ALWAYS abandoned it as it never quite allowed me to do what I wanted. This time was going to be different. I used our last summer’s family vacation for the motivation for my project. Because the template requires a video or .mov file and I only stills from family vacation, I had to turn my stills into a video. Oh, Screenflow how I have come to love you so.
I added all of my pictures from my family vacation to an untitled iMovie project and then opened Screenflow. I started a new recording of my desktop, toggled back to iMovie and played the “movie” of my stills in full screen. When it was finished, I stopped the recording and the exported my screenflow to my desktop. I then went back to iMovie and imported the screenflow… err…. movie file into my project. And Voila! I now have “video” footage of my family vacation.
The rest of the project was a cinch! If you are ever interested in using a movie trailer, I would highly recommend it! All you have to do is drag and drop the footage into the template and it does the rest for you. I love when AHH HA moments lead to making life simpler!