Create Music Videos with Annotations using iMovie

A simple video I created for sinhbalotravel.com using iMovie. The video is about our boat trip in Tra Su Forest Bird Sanctuary, Vietnam (best viewed in HD)

Aside from Photography, I am also fascinated with videography. I’ve always wanted to learn the process of editing and creating a full-length music video but I never had the time, skill, and resources (software, good camera, etc.) then. But recently, I was forced to create my very first video for the company I work for. It’s not actually a WOW video that you see on TV or those videos going viral online, but a simple, continuous video with background music effect and text annotations. Something like a “National-Geographic-informative-did-you-know” kind of video. Haha.

Anyway, for those who want to venture into this new hobby, here’s a step by step process on how to create a simple music video with annotations using iMovie.

Things I used

iPhone – to record a HD video
Macbook Pro + i Movie – to edit and finalize the video

Importing the video

First you need to import the video you recorded. I used my iPhone 4S to film the movie. You can use Image Capture to transfer the video to your Macbook Pro.
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Creating an iMovie project

Launch iMovie and create a new project. Import the video you just transferred. File > Import > Movies. Select the video clip and drag it to the timeline. You may trim and edit the properties of your video here by double-clicking on the clip.

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Adding text annotations

On the right part of iMovie, you will see media icons. Click the Text icon, and a selection of text templates will appear at the bottom. Choose your desired style and drag it to the timeline.
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To edit the properties of the text, double click it on the timeline. A property box will appear. Click done when finished.How to Create Music Video using iMovie and iPhone 4S 4

Adding a watermark photo

Add a signature or watermark image to prevent losers from copying and claiming your video.

But first, you need to tweak your iMovie preference to be able to do this. Go to iMovie > Preferences. Make sure “Show advanced tools” is checked.
To add the watermark image, look again on the media icons at the right part of your workspace and click the Image (camera) icon. You may choose photos from your media library or iPhoto. Again, drag the image to the timeline. You may again customize the properties of your watermark image by double-clicking on the photo on the timeline.
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Saving/exporting the movie

Great! You’re almost done. All you need to do right now is to export the movie you just created so you can upload or share it to your social networks.

To export the video, Click Share > Export movie.

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iPhone Photography: Forget the bulky DSLRs!

Manila Baclaran View | Photo taken using iPhone 4S

Manila Baclaran View | Photo taken using iPhone 4S

Have you ever experienced that moment when you were on the road, a party, a social gathering or wherever, and saw a capture-worthy moment and you just don’t have any nice camera with you? Well it happened to me like a million times. I don’t bring my DSLR with me always because it’s bulky. Also, when you’re in a social gathering, all you want to do is to just savor the moment, enjoy the food and the people- and carrying a big DSLR on your neck is a burden already!

Then there was iPhone 4S, sporting a much improved camera offering a whopping 8MP sensor and a couple more improvements from its iPhone 4 predecessor.

Let me tell you my experience. I’ve been very satisfied with my iPhone 4S since day 1. As someone who lives and breathes social media and photography, having this device feels like an 8 year old kid stepping on Disney Land for the first time.

With my iPhone 4S, I can instantly take a snapshot of anything I see that is worth sharing. I am a fan of Instagram, Twitter and Path so you will mostly see my daily snaps there.

The iPhone 4S’ camera quality is amazing

Yes! I have been playing with DSLRs for the past years and I can attest that the iPhone 4S is a perfect substitute to these bulky cameras. Enough said. Let me just show you some sample snaps from my iPhone 4S. These photos were processed using Instagram. Click on the image to view a better resolution.

You can also follow me on Instagram @enjayneer. 🙂

Quiapo Candles

Quiapo Candles

Taken at Clark, Pampanga

Taken at Clark, Pampanga

San Fernando Pampanga Sunset

San Fernando Pampanga Sunset

San Vicente Church Sunset

San Vicente Church Sunset

Rain droplets on the car window

Rain droplets on the car window

Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament, Angeles City

Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament, Angeles City

More photos from my Instagram here

By @enjayneer Posted in iPhone

Create Time Lapse Movie with iPhone & iMovie

I have always been fascinated with time-lapse movies. Time-lapse photography/videography is a technique where in frames are recorded at a much slower frequency compared to how you normally would record and play a standard video. The output when played looks as if time moves faster.

The good news is that you don’t have to learn how to slow down your device’s recording frequency (whatever!) to do a time-lapse video. Creating a time-lapse movie doesn’t have to be complicated and time consuming. All you need is an iPhone 4/4S and iMovie installed on your Mac. The time-lapse video on this post is a rough sample I made using my iPhone 4S just so I can demo it to you guys. I didn’t even use a tripod or a mount to keep my iPhone steady haha!

What you need

  • iPhone 4/4S or any Digital Camera
  • Tripod or a base you can mount your camera
  • iMovie for Mac

Here’s how to do it

First you need to record a video of a view or an object. How long the video depends on what kind of action you would like to capture. For landscape, cityscape, skyline, sunset and nature, the longer the video, the dramatic and impressive it is going to be. As per my sample simple video, it took me just about 7 minutes to record it.

Import the video from your iPhone to your Mac using Image Capture.

Import photos from iPhone to Mac using Image Capture

Open iMovie and import your video (File > Import) and drag and drop it to the project library. Select the footage you want to include on your time-lapse video and drag and drop it to the timeline.

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Double click the clip. An inspector window will pop out where you can change the speed settings of the video. Adjust the speed slider to its maximum. You will notice that if you move the speed slider all the way up to the rabbit, it can speed up the clip up to 800%. Truth is, it can actually go all the way up to 2000%. The trick is to type in the value. For this particular sample video, I used 1200%.

Tweak the settings depending on your preference.

Create time-lapse movie using iMovie for Mac

Create time-lapse movie using iMovie for Mac

The next thing you want to do is to import the video and share it to your friends!

Happy time-lapsing! 😀

Create time-lapse movie using iMovie for Mac