Import Video, Photos and Music to a New iMovie Project

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Are You Ready to Begin Editing Video in iMovie?

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If you're about to begin editing video with iMovie this is the place to get started. I'll show you how to create a new video project on your computer. Then you can import video, pictures or sound, and begin editing in iMovie!

Before you open up iMovie, make sure you have everything you need to get started.

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Open and Save a New Video Project

Open iMovie and you will be prompted to save your new video project. Select Create a New Project. This opens a new window where you can name your project and select where to save it.

If you're going to save your project on your computer's internal hard drive be sure there will be enough space for all of the video files. If your hard drive isn't large enough it's easy to purchase an external hard drive to attach to your computer and store video projects.

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Import Video From a Camera

If the video footage that you want to edit is on a tape you'll need to hook your camera or tape player into your computer using a firewire cable. Plug in your camera's A/C adapter so it stays powered while importing. Remember to switch the camera into VTR or VCR mode. iMovie should recognize the camera, and the interface will switch from edit mode to camera mode.

Use the control buttons to advance or rewind the tape. Stop the tape a few seconds in advance of the scene you want to save. Press Play and then Import. Press Import again when you want to stop saving to the computer.

When importing you can leave your camera to run through the whole tape and capture everything, or you can control the camera and only capture the scenes you want to use. The first method makes importing simple, but uses a lot of hard drive space. The second method is more time intensive, but can make editing a breeze.

If I have the space, I like to save all of the footage. It gives me more choices when I'm editing, and it's easy to just delete the scenes I don't use.

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Import Video Footage From Your Computer

It's easy to import video footage from your computer into iMovie. Go to File > Import, which will open up a window allowing you to browse for your files. Select the files you want to import and click Open

Or, you can always just drag and drop the video files into iMovie.

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Import Photos Into iMovie

If you already have your digital photos stored in iPhoto it's easy to import them to your iMovie project. Click on Media in the bottom right corner to open the media menu, then on Photos in the top of the menu.

Your iPhoto library will open right inside the iMovie project. You can browse through your pictures and drag the one you want to use to the timeline.

If your photos aren't saved in iPhoto you can access them by clicking File > Import... This will open a browsing window that you can use to find your picture files.

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Add Audio to Your iMovie

iMovie makes it easy to access music that is already stored on your computer. Click on the Media button, then Audio.

Select iTunes and your music library will open up within iMovie. From there just pick the files that you want and drag them to your timeline.

If the audio file that you want to use isn't stored in iTunes you can import it by going to File > Import... and browsing for it.

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Edit Your Video

Now that you have imported your video, photos and audio, it's time to start editing! You can add effects to liven up your video footage, or quickly put some of your favorite pictures together in a photomontage.

For a more advanced video project you'll want to begin by editing your video clips.

For more information about iMovie, and editing in general, keep it locked to About.com's Digital Video page!