This is the comprehensive tutorial on iMovie 10 (released October 2013). The tutorial is designed for both beginners as well as those looking to get the most from the extensive and sometimes hidden features of iMovie 10.

The Quickstart lesson will have those who want to jump in and quickly edit their footage, able to make a quick movie within a few minutes. The Quickstart has separate sections that explain how to make a non themed movie or how to use iMovie’s built-in themes.

The overview lesson will have beginners up and running, then the next sets of lessons go into the details so that you will get the most out of the extensive features of iMovie 10. 

The detailed lessons explain the separate panels of iMovie 10...
• The Library were your Footage is organised. 
• The Event Browser where you select your first rough cut. 
• The Content Library were your music, titles and transitions can be selected. 
• The Viewer that shows you the frames of your movie as well as the location where you can color correct and sweeten your audio. 
• The Project Pane, where your timeline is located. 
• Exporting and sharing movies and files are discussed in the Export lesson. 

There are also lessons to explain the feature rich shortcuts that can have you editing brilliant movies in the shortest time imaginable.

There is a lesson that shows the making of a sample edit, plus lessons that show where the files are kept on your computer and for those that need it, a lesson on how to use a non documented feature that will let you take a Final Cut Pro X project and bring it into iMovie to edit.

The voice and guide behind this training app is Bruce Macbryde. Bruce is an experienced tutor for; iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Motion and Compressor, he has been teaching since 2005 and professionally editing video since 2002.

Course Outline...

**Total Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes**

1. Introduction
2.Overview of the interface
3. Quick Start - make a movie in 2 minutes
4. Library 
5. Content Library 
6. Browser
7. Viewer
8. Timeline - Project pane 
9. Importing 
10. Edit in Time line - Video
11. Edit in Time line - Audio
12. Share - Export
13. Sample Edit 
14. Keyboard shortcuts 
15. Where are the files?
16. The Making of...Screen recording with Quicktime & iMovie.   
17. Xml from FCPX to iMovie
18. Conclusion

What’s New

Version 3.1.1

Added a chapter on a new feature of iMovie 10.0.2 - "Send Movie to Final Cut Pro X”

Ratings and Reviews

3.2 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Surveyman ,

Very helpful course

I had used iMovie a few times and had managed to create some movies, but I found the iMovie interface unintuitive in places (for example, if you have a second video, it is anchored to the first one with a blue pointer. I’ve spent hours trying to move the blue pointer—trick is to just highlight and drag the whole video where you want it—simple, but not obvious). I was looking for a product that would get me from “I can make it work fairly well” to “I know exactly what this product can do and how to make it do it.” This course filled the bill. The course is not narrated by the same narrator used in other MacU courses. It is narrated by Bruce Macbryde, who is Australian. It does take a bit to tune your ear, but 5 minutes in, it sounded normal. Bruce is a professional videographer (check him out) and clearly knows what he is talking about. I really like his approach of “looking over his shoulder” while he does something—I like this approach much better than simply a walkthrough of what the menu items mean—it was goal oriented. Bruce provides his email address in the video and I emailed him with a couple of questions—he responded promptly and answered my questions—you don’t see that often! There is one weakpoint in the tutorial—it doesn’t cover the Trailer function in iMovie. I mentioned this to Bruce and he indicates he intends to update the course to include that. For the price you cannot go wrong with this course.

Rattlrox ,

Not-so-hot Tutorial

I have purchased Learn iPhoto 11, Learn Pixelmator, Learn Numbers and others. My latest purchase was based on the excellent experience with the other “Learn” APPS that I bought. This one is not the same as any of the others. It lacks the step-by-step instructions of the other APPS from the MAC U. The instructor seems to jump around. He also has an Austrailian accent, but I did get used to it. I highly recommend any of The Mac U tutorials other than this one. On the plus side, there were some points that I found useful, but only after completing "Tutor for iMovie" from Noteboom Productions. I would suggest getting this one first.

Steve3873 ,

Dislike the instructor’s voice

I didn’t get past the first few minutes of the narration when I decided this program is not for me. I listened through the speakers and then switched to headphones. I find the audio is difficult to understand. Either it’s the recording or the narrator or both. I have no trouble understanding the audio of the Tutor for Lion and Tutor for Maverick from Noteboom Productions. I will buy theirs and take the loss.


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