Learning the Interface
What is great about iMovie is that it is designed to meet the needs of the home digital video producer, as opposed to programs whose function is for higher-end film and television editing. You begin editing by importing video footage into the program like you would with any editing program.
Go to "File" and you have the options to "import a movie file," to "import a movie from a High Definition project," or to "import a movie from a camera." If you were using a digital video deck attached to you computer to capture your footage then you would use the “import video from camera" option.
The set-up of iMovie is divided into five parts, with a window on the upper left hand corner used as the Project Library where whatever project you are working on resides. The selection of a project from this menu will determine what is in each of the other windows.
The center window is where you drag media, such as video or audio, to create a new project. The upper right hand window is the video display where you see your video as it is being cut. The bottom left hand window is the Event Library where all the media you import is listed under what date, or labeled event, you captured it on. The other window that makes up the rest of the bottom of the display is where the primary editing of the video track occurs.
When you import video it automatically goes into a section under the Event Library, and when you click on this it appears in the video track. In this box the video is automatically divided into several sub-sections that are very short in their timeframe. In between the top and bottom boxes are options like a bar to make the video display icons appear bigger, quick buttons for importing video and marking clips as favorites, buttons to initiate voiceover recordings and to crop video clips, and options to adjust selected video and audio.
Below the bottom windows are the options to play the sequence you are working on, to show it in a full-screen mode, or to only show different groupings of clips such as those marked “favorite." These tools help the new video editor keep the clips they would like to use organized.