iMovie ’11: Adding Assets

This post is part of a series that revisits some of our readers’ favorite articles from the past that still contain awesome and relevant information that you might find useful. This post was originally published on June 16th, 2011.

Do note: this video screencast is only in Flash, so you won’t be able to view it on your iOS device. Sorry!

In this, the next installment in our series on iMovie ’11, we’re going to take a look at adding assets to your iMovie projects. What do I mean by assets? Well, in truth, the video clips themselves could be considered assets. But we’ve already gone over how to add those to a project, and even how to splice them together to start to form a movie. What I call assets are anything you add to a movie that isn’t a video clip. I’m talking about images, audio, titles, transitions. All of those things that can help flesh out what would otherwise be just home movie footage into a work of film.

Ok, so maybe your plans aren’t quite that grandiose. But I think you get the idea. So, sit back and watch as I show you how to add these things in iMovie, and how they can take your next project to the next level.

The Screencast

Using an iPhone or iPad? Watch the video here.

Wrap Up

So there you have it. Pretty simple, huh? Don’t be fooled though, hidden behind that mask of simplicity is real power. The wealth of transitions available, coupled with the built-in sound effects, theme music, maps and animations give you limitless possibilities. The interface is intuitive, dragging-and-dropping the effect you want to the point in the film that you want it. All you need is the creativity.