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Learn iMovie Week: Add marvellous maps to your movies

Learn iMovie Week part 5: Enhance your travel videos with amazing animated maps, and show off the exotic locations you’ve visited

When we go on holiday we’re just as likely to shoot clips as we are to snap stills, which gives us plenty of footage to make a slick holiday highlights video to share on Facebook or YouTube. We can enhance our video travelogue by adding colourful 2D and 3D animated maps that help the viewers follow your trip and put the clips into context. The beauty of iMovie’s maps is that you can customise them to show the start of your trip, then add an animated route line to pinpoint your exotic destination. These postproduction tools help add a professional polish to your holiday video’s production values. Here’s how to do it…

1: Add a map

Click on the Map browser. There are different map styles to work with. For a more realistic 3D map, drag Blue Marble Globe into the project window.

2: Start and end

Open the Inspector. Click on Start Location and choose your departure and destination airports. When you hit OK, an animated line will join the two locations.

3: Add clouds

For a more photorealistic-looking globe, tick the Show clouds box. Note, this option is only available in the Blue Marble Globe map.

4: Increase duration

To extend the animation, type a larger number into the Duration window. You can add a video effect to it and tick Zoom In for a closer look. Click Done.

5: Add 2D map

You can add extra maps to illustrate your ongoing journey. Drag a Blue Marble Map to the project and choose new start and end destinations.

6: Crop

The 2D Map doesn’t have a zoom option in the Inspector, but you can use iMovie’s Crop option to get a closer look at your journey.

7: Maps and clips

You can blend your maps with your clips more effectively by placing a Cross Dissolve transition in between. This makes the sequence flow smoothly.

8: Zoom in

You can also make a map zoom in and highlight a specific location. Choose a Start Location in the Inspector but leave the End Location unticked.

9: Sound effects

Go to the Sound Effects browser’s Transportation folder and pop a Jet Fly By on the spinning globe. Then add a Sports Car Passing to the 2D map.

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