Special Effects Editing with iMovie

Special Effects Editing with iMovie

This video shows some simple tricks for editing superior special effects using iMovie. I go through the steps involved in editing a simple effect doubling myself and making a mini me appear and levitate. This video focuses particularly on creating stronger green screen shots cropping, resizing and positioning to make multiple layers of footage work together. This video shows you how to get past some of iMovie’s limitations and create special effects that push your iMovie productions to the next level.
One of the more basic iMovie hacks people discover early on is that you can insert a “title” with no text and some of the title text like “pixie dust” can make for a wonderful animated flourish as a character waves a wand etc. iMovie can only handle two layers of video simultaneously, but if you are careful in thinking through the process, you can create a composite shot with many more layers involved. I start by cleaning up my green screen footage (removing shadows, cropping etc.). Then I use the picture in picture effect which allows for sizing, placement and even keyframe animation of a video. After exporting my composite, I import it again to add another layer of footage. For the DIY filmmaker, a little creativity, patience, and will help you get the shot just right.