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Ghosts of PS124; iMovie video assemblies

May 23, 2006

[The following is a tutorial that explains how to download images from the Internet and import them for video editing in iMovie on Mac OS 9.2.]

Now that we’ve written our narration and collected some images using the blog, we are going to:
1. download those images to Apple (or Mac) desktops or laptops
2. import our images into iMovie
3. record our narration in iMovie
3. put the images with our narration in iMovie to build each group’s movie

Here are the directions to follow to start building your trailer:

1. Go to the blog and download the images you want to use.
* open Safari or Firefox on your Apple computer and
* go to the ‘Mr. Tandarich’s Class’ category and find your group’s final narration script, or the post that you saved the addresses (for example as Responses
* scroll down the page to the Responses
* click on links to an image that you want to include in your trailer
* NOTE: if you didn’t save your favorite images here, then find them using or and follow the rest of these steps
* when that image is shown in a window by itself, hold down the ‘ctrl’ key and click on the image, then choose ‘Download Image to Disk’ or ‘Save Image to Disk’
* when the Save window pops up, create a New Folder by clicking the button in the lower right that says ‘New’ and has a picture of a folder — name the new folder ‘Ghost Movie Files’ and click ‘Create’
* click ‘Save’ and your image will be saved in the Student Panel in the Document Folder in the Ghost Movie Files folder

2. Start a new project in iMovie
* go to the ‘Items’ panel on your opening page and select the iMovie program
* in iMovie click ‘New Project’ if the iMovie opening movie comes up, if no windows appear on top of iMovie, go to the ‘File’ menu in the upper left, and click ‘New Project’
* when the ‘Create New Project’ window comes up, find the ‘Ghost Movie Files’ folder and double click to open it, then type ‘Your group’s name’ in the box next to ‘Name:’ and click ‘Create’ — now you have started a movie file in your Ghost Movie Files folder in the Student Panel

3. Import your images into iMovie (NOTE: you can also import into iPhoto, then photos will automatically show up in iMovie under the ‘photos’ tab)

* in iMovie go to the ‘File’ menu, and choose ‘Import File’
* in the ‘Import File’ window double click the ‘Ghost Movie Files’ folder
* hold down the ‘shift’ key and click on all of the images you want to use in iMovie and click ‘Import’ — the images you chose should show up on the right side of the screen in iMovie in the ‘Clips’ panel on what’s called ‘The Shelf’

4. Record your narration in iMovie
* click ‘Audio’ on the right side of the iMovie window
* snap your fingers next to the hole on the right side, or top of your Apple computer — you should see green lines in the audio panel moving when you snap — that means your microphone is working
* get your final narration in front of you from the ‘Mr. Tandarich’s Class’ category
* click ‘Record Voice’ and read a line from your narration script into the microphone — get as close to the microphone as you can
* NOTE: you want the recording levels (the green lines I mentioned earlier) to be in the middle of the bar when you’re speaking — if they turn red, you’re talking too loud
* when you’re finished speaking click ‘Stop’ — you should see an orange bar on the bottom of the screen in the ‘Timeline’, that is your recorded voice
* drag the ‘Playhead’ (the little white triangle with a line that cuts through the timeline) back to the beginning of the Timeline with your mouse and click the play button (the big gray triangle under the iMovie screen (you can also use the ‘space’ bar on your keyboard to play and stop the movie)
* make sure the playhead is at the end of the last orange piece of narration you recorded and record more lines of narration
* NOTE: make sure you click ‘File’ and choose ‘Save Project’ after every line you record

5. Add images to your iMovie Timeline
* click on the ‘Clips’ panel in iMovie to see the images you imported
* drag the image you want to put with your first line of narration down to the Timeline above the orange bar of narration
* if your image is not as long as your narration, click on your line of narration and see how long it is at the top of the Timeline (for example it might say Time: 6:14), after that click on your image and change the time on the timeline to equal the time of your narration (for example change the Time from 5:00 to 6:14)

Play your narration and images using the Play button or spacebar and save after every change you make.

One Comment leave one →
  1. May 26, 2006 1:42 pm

    ghost research group:
    * divide your narration into 2 parts.
    * record your narration (that means we’re going to say “QUIET ON THE SET” then follow the instructions above for recording.
    * when you’ve got all of your recording done, start adding the pictures you imported onto your iMovie timeline with your narration

    turn of the screw group:
    you will be storyboarding and shooting your narration today.
    * decide where on the 3rd floor you’d like to video tape your narration
    * should it be a mid shot or a close up
    * who will read each line on camera?
    * what lines will be read on camera and what lines will go with images from the internet?
    * if you are going to read a line, you draw the storyboard for your shot

    ghost’s of civil war group:
    * Najee and Emelly: continue recording your narration ON ONE COMPUTER
    * Anthony and Jesse: continue saving and importing images to match your piece of the narration

    movie group:
    cut the scene of Flora and Ms. Jessel dancing down to 30 seconds — cut out everything but the best, most scary parts, then record your narration

    The groups that finish first will be able to start working on the Ghosts of PS124 script and storyboards.

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