Step 1: Create new project
Go to File>New Project. As we’ll be working with HD clips, set the Aspect Ratio to Widescreen (16:9) and keep the Frame Rate at 30 fps. Click Create.
Step 2: Import clips
Go to File>Import Movies. Select our disc’s Colour Source Clips folder. Create a new event called Spring. Import. Drag clips into the Project window.
Step 3: Fine-tune
Go to iMovie>Preferences. Tick ‘Show Fine Tuning controls’. Drag the first clip’s Fine Tune icon right to lose the camera wobble caused by pressing record.
Step 4: Increase saturation
The first clip’s colours are a bit drab. Click to select the clip. Press I. Click the Inspector’s Video tab. Drag Saturation up to 142% for more vibrant shades.
Step 5: Reveal delicate detail
Click on the second clip. The Saturation slider jumps back to 100%. Set it to 151% to bring out the colours and delicate textures in the flowers. Click Done.
Step 6: Faster adjustments
To capture the adjustment settings go to Edit>Copy. Click on clip 3. Go to Edit>Paste Adjustments. Choose Video. This will boost clip 3’s colour.
Step 7: Edit all clips
You can now select each clip in turn and choose Edit>Paste Adjustments>Video to boost their colours to 151% with no need to open the Inspector.
Step 8: Split sound edit
On clip 5, drag Fine Tune handle right to lose the first 30 frames. Go to Clip>Detach Audio. Drag audio start point left to hear the birds before we cut to them.
Step 9: Musical merge
To get the shots to blend together in a relaxing sequence, drag Watercolor Long from the Music and Sound Effects browser into the Project window.
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To complete this tutorial, you’ll need to download the Issue 95 tutorial files.