Effects, what are they and what are in iMovie?
Being a video editor that is designed for the most beginner users and who either do not want to complicate their lives with many tools or do not have enough knowledge to handle a more complex program, iMovie offers the most basic alternatives at the time to apply different effects to the audiovisual creations you make with it.
We can differentiate the available effects in two main types. First of all, what we can apply to the image, which in this case what they do is adapt the color of your video according to your needs. Second, but not least, the sound effects, an undoubtedly differential element that will set the level of your video. We are going to talk to you in more detail about both below.
Adapt the color of your video
In an audiovisual document there are two very important parts, one the image, and the other the sound, now we will talk about the image. Making a good choice of color for your video is key when it comes to transmitting the feeling you want to convey to anyone who stops for a few minutes to see your creation. In iMovie you can, first of all, modify the color manually, but if you really don’t have much knowledge about it, you can also apply different effects that we can call filters. Below you have a list of all the available effects that you have in iMovie.
- Turned around.
- Black and white.
- Not to go.
- Silent time.
- Basic comic.
- Cold comic.
- Ink comic.
- Monochrome comic.
- Old comic.
- Heat wave.
- Grainy film.
- Old film.
- Direct light
- Skip bleached.
- Day night.
- Science fiction.
Raise the bar with sound effects
As we said before, introducing sound effects in your video will make the difference between presenting a finished video, to a finished but professional video. At the end of the day, an audiovisual document is made up of two fundamental elements, the image and the sound, and without any doubt if the sound is capable of further enhancing what the viewer is seeing, your creation will have a much greater impact on all of them. and each of the people who are lucky enough to enjoy it.
To do this, within the iMovie application itself, as with Final Cut, you have a wide variety of sound effects that you can apply to your video whenever you want. In this case we are not going to expose you to the list of each and every one of the available effects because they are practically innumerable, so you will not have any problem when it comes to finding the one that best suits you for each moment of your video.
Transitions, a vital element
Usually a video will be composed of several clips, and another aspect that you have to take into account if you want to create a professional audiovisual document are the transitions that exist between these clips that form it. These transitions can sometimes be generated manually at the time the clips are being recorded.
However, on many other occasions, if you do not have enough knowledge, skills or tools to generate those transitions while recording, you have to resort to the effects that video editors have, in this case, iMovie. It is very important to know the options that this tool offers you and also, make a correct selection of the ones that you are going to use at all times. Below you have a list of all those offered by this program.
- Cross dissolution.
- Cross blur.
- Fade to black.
- Fade to white.
- Twist entry.
- Exit with twist.
- Opening in a circle.
- Close in a circle.
- Left sweep.
- Right sweep.
- Sweep up.
- Sweep down.
- Left slip.
- Right slide.
- Left puzzle.
- Right puzzle.
- Turn left page.
- Turn right page.
- Cross zoom.
So you can use the effects and transitions
Once we have already talked to you about the sound effects as well as those that you can apply to the image of your video and also about the importance of choosing an appropriate transition at all times, it is time to tell you what you have to do to be able to apply each of these effects or transitions to your audiovisual creations.
Steps to add an effect in iMovie
This is an application that has been thought and developed by Apple itself, and one of the objectives that the Cupertino company always seeks is to try to make the process as simple as possible for all its users, therefore, you will be able to check for yourself Even how easy it is to apply both a color filter to your image, as well as a sound effect at any time. Here are the steps to follow to apply a color filter.
- Select the clip on which you want to apply the filter.
- In the toolbar in the right half of the screen, click on the filters icon, which is in the penultimate position.
- Click on “Filter”.
- Choose the filter you want to apply and it will be applied automatically on the video.
Now let’s go with the sound effects, which, as you will be able to see, is just as simple as applying a color filter to your image. In this case, what you have to be clear about is what sound you want to introduce into the video, and also, at what point in the video. Here are the steps to follow.
- In the toolbar on the left, click on “Audio”.
- Select the sound effect you want to add to the video.
- Drag it to the point where you want to add it.
Add transitions to your videos like this
Lastly, we go with the transitions. As we have mentioned, they are a fundamental element that, when used well, will undoubtedly make the difference between a very good video and a very good professional video. In addition, as you will be able to see, the steps are really simple to carry out, perhaps what you have to worry about the most is choosing the transition you are going to use properly. Here are the steps to add a transition between two clips in iMovie.
- Click on “Transitions” in the toolbar in the left half of the screen.
- Choose the transition you want to add to your audiovisual creation.
- Drag the chosen transition to the point where you want to place it.