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When I had student research assistants I would often assign them the task of investigating the utility of some app that interested me. While I am refreshing my WordPress skills (I have temporarily abandoned my Rowling theme for Astra as I work my way through Andy Williams book WordPress for Beginners 2020) and investigating the usefulness and limits of the PRINT MY BLOG plugin with its developer, Mike Colin Nelson, I shall draw upon some of their earlier work. Alison Lehman was very masterful in her knowledge of IMovie. She also played a key role in mentoring my younger student assistants. Here she and I were reflecting on our years together before she went off to graduate school.


Kriisten Reszka wrote the piece below about IMovie and made the movie of the campus as it looked when we were working together there.
She will be graduating from Carroll in 2021.


Kristen’s piece:
Kristen writes …

iMovie is a beneficial editing software that is perfect for both the educational and business settings. For educational purposes, iMovie enhances videos for students, teachers, online classes, and projects. After one learns the basics of this program, they can effortlessly create a professional video or presentation. Not only this, but it can also flawlessly display one’s art. An example of this is shown below:


iMovie is a video editing software designed to run on Apple products that include Mac computers, iPads, iPhones and iPod. By using video clips and photos, iMovie creates movies and Hollywood-style trailers that are appealing, yet simple to construct. These video clips and photos can be imported into iMovie and then edited to consist of title slides, music, themes, and special effects which includes volume adjustment, color correction, and transition effects.

To start the creation of an iMovie project, a plus sign symbol in the upper left-hand corner can be selected. iMovie then prompts users to select if the project will be a movie or a Hollywood-style movie trailer. With the selection of a movie project, the creator will be prompted to select a theme for his/her iMovie project. The image below depicts some of the themes that can be selected for the video.

There are a couple of different ways to import media into iMovie. One can select the down arrow symbol in the upper left-hand corner on the application; the import media button can be found under the file tab on the upper left-hand corner of the screen, or the combination of (⌘i) can be selected. The picture below shows what iMovie looks like once the video clips or photos have been imported.

After importing the files, one can bring the video clips or photo into the timeline by simply clicking on the clip and dragging it down or by hitting the plus sign in the lower right corner of the media clip as shown in the image below.

This is how iMovie will look after the video clips or photos have been added to the timeline:

The editing starts to take place once the video clips or photos have been added to the timeline. There are a variety of tools one can use to enhance their project. These tools include adding a title slide, adding transitions between certain clips, changing the lighting, adjusting the sound, adding and adjusting music, and increasing or decreasing the length of the clip(s). These editing tools can be found in the upper right-hand corner in iMovie as highlighted below.

Throughout these tabs, the brightness can be adjusted, stabilization can be applied to video clips, video clips and photos can be cropped, background noise can be reduced in video clips, video clips can be reversed, and the speed of the movie can be increased or decreased. Additionally, iMovie allows for pictures to be added over the video. When the video plays, the image will appear, however, the noise of the video will still be heard. When the time on the picture is visible, it can be adjusted. Once the picture is done being displayed, the clip will go right back to the video.

The picture below shows what iMovie looks like with a certain style of title slide, music, and a media clip:












This tour of our university was created in only two hours. Due to iMovie having a variety of tools to enhance the creator’s project, it became a huge success on social media. iMovie is also perfect for classes that focus on advertising and marketing. It can help assist these students in creating videos/presentations that will appeal to a large audience. Also, audio recordings can be added into movie clips making it easy to create instructional/tutorial videos. Overall, iMovie constructs videos that are appealing that not only aid in the learning environment, but also for future occupations in the business world.