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Jean de Galzain --Phoenyx Visual Arts 760-757-1705 iMovie Beginners Basics p. 1

    Revised by Aaron Rucinski (March „09) & Tamara Collins-Parks (March „11)

    MAC LAPTOP (or desktop) i-Movie 09 editing (Do not use PC)

    GOAL: Convert your video clip/s to QuickTime files small enough to load onto TaskStream.

    Before you start: Review the instructions in your Handbook for Task 3 as well as Rubrics 4 & 5. Preselect what you want to download to demonstrate how you interact with students and how student interact with the material.

    1. Rewind the tape in the camera. Locate your preselected clips. If you can avoid it, do not load the whole

    movie. It is too big & it will take forever. Only load the clips you plan to use.

    2. Plug in a firewire cable (Not a USB cable) between the camera and the Mac laptop/desktop. The ports

    on the computer are often on the back & labeled the following symbol: . The cable connector on the

    camera is often hidden beneath a small rubber cover. In some cases the camera port has a symbol, in

    others it is labeled as DV (digital video) in/out.

    Trouble shooting: If the computer sockets do not fit your firewire cable, you may be trying to use a 400

    cable on an 800 port (or visa versa). Try either plugging in or unplugging the converter. If you don‟t have a

    converter and you are working with a newer MAC, check out a converter from LARC or the PLC office.

    3. Turn the Camera to VCR mode.

    4. Start the iMovie Editing Software by clicking the icon for iMovie on the bottom bar (the “Dock”)

    or in the Application folder (use Finder to locate it if you don‟t know where it is).

    TROUBLESHOOTING: If your icon looks different, you probably have a prior version of iMovie.

    Contact Tamara at for the appropriate directions.

    5. Once iMovie 09 is up and running, a new screen opens up and it looks like the picture below.

     Make sure the i-Movie controls at the bottom left are set on Manual.

Jean de Galzain --Phoenyx Visual Arts 760-757-1705 iMovie Beginners Basics p. 2

    Revised by Aaron Rucinski (March „09) & Tamara Collins-Parks (March „11)

    6. Rewind or fast forward camera if you don‟t have it at the right spot to start your clip (press play & then

    rewind if you want to watch while you rewind). Once the attached camera is at the part you want to

    record, press “IMPORT” on the bottom right hand side of the screen. (If you are unable to set it on

    manual, the computer will download everything and you will have to select the clip within i-Movie.)

    8. After you press the import button, name your event with date, level & title, then save it to the desktop so

    it‟s easy to access.

    9. After you save it to a location of your choosing, press “done” or “OK.” Once you do that, the screen will

    close and the footage you just imported can be found at the bottom of the screen as in the picture below.

    10. TROUBLESHOOTING: If you need to shave off time from the front or end of the clip, click and drag

    around it with your mouse so a yellow box appears over the portion you wish to delete. Then press

    delete. For PACT, note that you may only delete from the beginning or the end, not from the middle.

    11. The program will prompt you to click and drag the clips you wish to work with into the top screen. Do

    this by clicking and dragging with your mouse until the whole series of clips you want are highlighted

    with a yellow ring. Then drag the yellow ringed clips into the top area.

NEXT STEP SAVING in QuickTime format

    Once you have finished choosing your clips and dragging them up to the top area, you are ready to save your file in the appropriate format via “share” (or export). See the next page for directions.

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    Revised by Aaron Rucinski (March „09) & Tamara Collins-Parks (March „11)

    SAVING in QuickTime format

    Once you have finished choosing your clips and dragging them up to the top area, you are ready to save your file in the appropriate format via “share” (or export).

    1. From the FILE menu or the top bar, select SHARE (some versions say EXPORT).

    Be sure to Export using QuickTime

    2. Name your movie (see note below) and select where you want to save it to on your computer.

    3. Be sure to change the default setting to web quality, low or medium broadband.

    When you name your QuickTime movie, include date, level, title & format as in the ex. below:


    6. Press Export or Save and wait for your project to finish exporting

    NOTE: If you want your own copy, save your file onto a data wand (USB key) or open your email, press

    attach; then look for your movie, click on it and press “ok.”

Jean de Galzain --Phoenyx Visual Arts 760-757-1705 iMovie Beginners Basics p. 4

    Revised by Aaron Rucinski (March „09) & Tamara Collins-Parks (March „11)


    1. Go to & look under My Programs or My PACT.

    2. Click on your PACT program (or other drf). -- PLC 400 has its own TaskStream program.

    3. Click on the task or area you are working on. (PLC 400: Weeks 10-12 for the Video Monitoring Project)

    4. Choose Add: Video (bottom left).

    5. Click Browse to find your file (on your computer). A screen will pop up. You usually can find movies

    by scrolling down to the movie icon.

    6. On the pop-up screen listing your files, find yours and click Open.

    7. On the main screen, click Add File

    8. Click Save & Return

    9. Double check that it worked by clicking on the movie and making sure it plays. (You will need to

    download a free copy of Quicktime if it is not already on your computer.) Note: If you can‟t hear the

    sound, go to your computer‟s control panel, select Sounds Speech and Audio devices, and make sure

    that it is not on mute & the sound is turned up.

    10. Follow the same procedure to attach your Commentary/Reflections as a Word Document.

    Trouble shooting: If you have trouble uploading your Quicktime file to TaskStream, it is probably too large. There is a 100 MB limit for any single file. Go back into i-Movie or Quicktime Player and save a copy as web or low broadband quality, then upload. You can also contact TaskStream for hints on how to reduce file size.

Reminder: Once you are finished with your complete teaching event or Project, be sure to go to the

    Scores/Results tab and submit it for evaluation. If you are not yet finished, you can use the comments tab &

    click on “Request comments” to share it with a reviewer.


    Once finished converting your work & uploading it to your TaskStream PACT drf, check to make sure it plays. Then delete the files off of the computer & empty the computer trash (You may wish to keep a back up on your flash drive.) To delete files:

    1. Use the Find function to search for the title OR go to where movies are kept in the file directory.

    2. Delete the files (select/highlight file & press delete or drag to trash).

    3. Click on the trashcan icon on the bottom & chose “Empty Trash” from the scroll down menu.

    * Privacy Issue: If you are using a public computer such as those in the LARC lab, be extra sure to delete all of your files. The waivers parents signed are for specific limited use only. Your video clips should never be open to access by the general public nor should they be used for job interview, etc.


    October 31, 2007

    Jean de Galzain

    Phoenyx Visual Arts

    iMovie Beginners Basics


Revised 2/26/09 by T. Collins-Parks & Aaron Rucinski. Revised 10/15/11 by T. Collins-Parks.

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