iMovie’s image organising and editing cousin iPhoto has a useful face detection tool that enables you to tag photos according to who is in them, and then display images of those named individuals. Sadly iMovie is not as sophisticated, so you can’t search for clips containing a particular person. However, to help you narrow down your search you can set iMovie’s People Finder filter to display the people-themed clips according to shot size and amount of people in them, so if you need a group shot or a clip of a couple then you can find them more easily.
iMovie will look for any videos that you may have imported into iPhoto. Click Now to let iMovie generate thumbnails of these iPhoto clips.
In iMovie’s Event Library, click on the iPhoto Videos icon. iMovie will subsequently display the clips’ filmstrip thumbnails in the Event Browser.
You’ll need to scroll through the long list of clips to find shots of people. To speed up your search you can get iMovie to use face detection to tag clips.
It can take hours for iMovie to analyse all the clips in a large iPhoto Library, so we’ll try the face finder technique on a smaller collection of clips first.
Click on an event. Go to File>Analyze>People. iMovie will then hunt through your Event Library’s clips to search for any footage containing people.
Once the People Finder tool has analysed the clips, sections of clips containing people will have a purple horizontal bar running through them.
To quickly find the sections of a clip containing people, click the face-shaped icon below the Event Browser. Clips with a purple bar will be displayed.
To fine-tune your search, click on the Show Keyword Filtering pane icon (the magnifying glass). Click a keyword’s green button to display matching clips.
This keyword filtering option works in conjunction with a Trailer project’s Storyboard. Click on Wide and you’ll see wide shots of people in the Event Browser.
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