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Nov 9, 2011

iLife Tutorial: Use the Crop tool to improve footage in iMovie

by Stephen Ashby

Add even more focus and intensity to your movies with creative use of the Crop tool

iLife Tutorial: Use the Crop tool to improve footage in iMovieiLife Tutorial: Use the Crop tool to improve footage in iMovieMost people think that once they’ve shot their footage they’re pretty much stuck withit when it comes to building their movie. While that’s partly true there are a number of things you can do to make your footage more interesting, so that the view isn’t restricted to the same kind of picture. Variation is a key part of keeping your audience involved in whatever story you are telling, whether it’s a birthday party or murder mystery.
One of the simplest tools a video editor can use is the crop tool. This gives the video specific focus and can really break up scenes, add intensity or simply highlight an important plot element. Using the tool is as easy as cropping a picture and, once done, will easily enhance your final product. Here’s a quick guide to cropping your clips. Use it creatively and sparingly to enhance every iMovie project.

iLife Tutorial: Use the Crop tool to improve footage in iMovieiLife Tutorial: Use the Crop tool to improve footage in iMovie

1: Menu option
Click on the Settings cog in a selected clip and then select the bottom option in the contextual menu that appears. This will bring about a change to the viewing window on the right of the interface.

iLife Tutorial: Use the Crop tool to improve footage in iMovie

2: Frame it, crop it
Drag the crop area around until you are happy with the area of focus it gives you. When you are happy, hit the Done button– the crop will take shape and you can view it back with your changes enacted.

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