Mas­ter ad­vanced colour edit­ing

iMovie might look like an app for be­gin­ners but un­der­neath the sur­face are pro-level tools

Mac Format - - APPLE SKILLS - Dave Steven­son

it will take

1 hour

you will learn

How to use iMovie’s ad­vanced im­age con­trols to get your video look­ing ex­actly how you want it.

You’ll need

A Mac, iMovie, and some footage. Footage cap­tured from a DSLR will give you the great­est scope for edit­ing. (But you might be sur­prised what your iPhone can do!)

At its heart it’s a fan­tas­ti­cally easy-to-use video editor: sim­ply drag and drop your clips into the time­line, move them around, hit share and voilà. Other com­mon jobs, such as adding sound­tracks and sound ef­fects, are equally straight­for­ward.

But be­neath iMovie’s sim­ple-look­ing in­ter­face beats the heart of a pow­er­ful video editor that can be used to make projects far be­yond the scope of its pre-built themes you were so im­pressed with when you first used it. There are plenty of things you can do to get your iMovie projects look­ing pro­fes­sional – many of which in­volve know­ing how best to use the cam­era you use to shoot. But un­der­stand­ing how to ren­der colour cor­rectly is one of the most im­por­tant start­ing points, and iMovie has some pow­er­ful tricks up its sleeve in that re­gard. Here’s how to get the most from its hid­den tools.

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