In this nine-step walkthrough we’ll also show you how to change the duration of transitions to create slow relaxing links from one clip to the next, or produce faster transitions that complement the movement of subjects in a shot (such as a vertical wipe that follows the movement of flying birds, for example).
1 Import assets
Choose File>New Event. Label the event. Click the Create button. Choose Movie. Choose No Theme. Click Create. Click Import. Browse to our folder of source clips. Click Import Selected.
2 Add two clips
Double-click to select ‘water’ and ‘close’, then drag them to the Timeline. The shots cut from one to the next. The combined duration for the two shots is a total of 25.6 secs.
3 Add Ripple transition
In the Content Library panel, click on Transitions. Drag a Ripple between the two shots in order to add a transition that complements their water- themed contents.
4 Increase transition duration
For a slower transition, double-click on the transition icon in the Timeline. Type a Duration of 4.0 sec. Click Apply. A warning box will appear, saying the clips will be shortened. Click OK.
5 New duration
Notice that the programme’s total duration is now 4.0 seconds shorter at 21.6. This is because iMovie has overlapped 4.0 seconds of footage to create its slower and longer transition.
6 Add birds clip
Add the ‘birds’ shot to the Timeline. Add a 3.0 sec Cross Dissolve between the ‘close’ and ‘birds’ clips. After the dissolve finishes, too much time elapses before the birds fly into the shot.
7 Fine-tune the timing
Click at the start of the ‘birds’ clip and drag the cursor right to trim 1.5 seconds from the start of the clip. Now the birds will fly into the frame as soon as the dissolve finishes.
8 Match the action
Add the ‘reflection’ shot. Add a Wipe Up transition. Trim the end of the ‘birds’ shot by 7.02 seconds so that the wipe moves up to chase them as they fly out of the frame.
9 Cut with continuity
Add ‘swan wide’ and ‘swan close’. Click on ‘swan wide’ and click Adjust. Click Video effects. Use the Flipped effect to make the swan look in the same direction as it does in the last clip.
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