iMovie ‘09

iMovie was created in 1999 and was originally developed for Mac OS 8.  Since then, the software has been updated to run exclusively on Mac OS X and has been upgraded to include HD video, new file formats like those created by the Flip camera, and the ability to export movies directly to online services like YouTube.

“Movies that aren’t a production”

Apple has made creating cinema-quality video as simple as possible.  The simple drag-and-drop interface makes adding pictures, sound effects, background music and, of course, video clips extremely easy.

The newest version of iMovie includes extended file format support, new transitions and themes to add style to your presentation, and a map view mode to mark the location of shooting or just to add a cool map effect, perhaps for a travel video.

Seeing is believing

It’s difficult to show the simplicity and benefits of iMovie on paper.  Please make time to come into the IMM Lab in Horrabin Hall 104 for a personal demonstration.  Better yet, join us for one of our iMovie workshops.  You can sign up at the bottom of this page.

Educator Testimonial

Considering using iMovie for your next project?  Dr. Paul Schlag was kind enough to give us a testimonial of his use of iMovie in the classroom.

I use iMovie in several of my classes so my students can learn to present information in a stimulating, multimedia format and so they can gain a skill that makes them more hirable/marketable employees. In all of these classes students are asked to create video podcasts in iMovie which include voiceovers, pictures, music and videos. They gain knowledge about the topic at hand by gathering the information and also gain skills in video editing by figuring out how to present that information in an engaging manner. In one class, students create a video about a world-renowned leader and present what made that person a great leader. In another class, students conduct research about a camp and create a video that teaches their peers about that camp and its programs. Finally, students in my facility management class create a 1-2 minute commercial to promote a recreation facility.

Past students have contacted me to let me know that they are using iMovie in their current position. In fact, one student used iMovie to develop a facility proposal for a Special Recreation.  Association in Illinois and the SRA decided to fund her proposal. Other students have sent me promotional videos they created for their agency and posted online. My interns have also used video podcasts to report to me how they are progressing in their internships. In all cases, students use iMovie as a cognitive tool for learning while gaining valuable skills which will be expected of them in today’s work environment.

Dr. Paul Schlag
Assistant Professor Recreation, Park & Tourism Administration
Western Illinois University

TechTip iMovie ‘09:

The picture in picture feature allows you to have a picture or video come up while still viewing the original picture or video. This could be very useful in online courses for professors to create a lecture with their PowerPoint slides, put them into iMovie ’09 and then still be able to have video of themselves giving their lecture.  Being able to incorporate video of the professor into an online lecture gives the students that personal interaction between the student and professor that otherwise is lacking. Here’s how:

Picture in Picture is an advanced feature on iMovie ‘09 so first you go to iMovie’s preferences and turn on Show Advanced Tools.

From here highlight the picture or video clip from your Event Library that you wish to play over your original clip in your Project Library and drag it to where you want it to start.

Once you have done that, and option box will pop up. Choose Picture in Picture.

Your clip will appear in the right hand corner of your original clip, and you can adjust the size and position to your needs.  When you are finished resizing or repositioning the clip, click Done.


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