September 14, 2003

Yea, Verily, iMovie Rocks

Here's the timeline. Last Thursday evening, I received my new camcorder. By Saturday afternoon, I'd shot a bunch of footage of the kids, and just for fun a little animation of a couple of David's toys (An SD Gundam action figure, and a Lego Bionicle named Rakshi, if it matters to you). By the end of Sunday afternoon, I'd edited the rough footage into three short little movies totalling about five or six minutes of video, deleting infelicitous moments, tweaking the recorded audio, adding music, a few judicious transitions, and finally titles, and burned the whole thing onto DVD. We watched it on our TV before we had dinner.

And thanks to David Pogue and his book iMovie 3 and iDVD I even avoided the worst of the clueless newbie mistakes while shooting the footage. I held the camera steady; I didn't use the zoom while I was shooting; I shot a variety of close up, medium, and wide shots; and I didn't move the camera except to follow moving children. For these things, I can take a little credit--I might be clueless, but I'm teachable.

For the rest, I have to thank the folks at Sony and at Apple. It's amazing what you can do when you have the right tools.

Posted by Will Duquette at September 14, 2003 09:21 PM