Let’s Create a Fun Short Movie For Your Unforgettable Moments

Photo by http://Photo by Juliana Malta

For some reason we need to capture every single moments that we or family had been celebrates. From a holiday, birthday party, or a day trip we might want it all in one video clip and share it to friends or family members. The good news for beginners or event expert is you can create a movie on your Mac using iMovie – the video editing software that Apple bundles with all new Mac.

Here’s how to use iMovie from the basics step and then add some more useful tips to help you get even better results.

Before we begin, here are some tips that should help you get some good material to work with:

  • You can use iPhone or iPad for video recording; but make sure its fully charged and have a good camera for recording the video
  • Enough space for recording the video, if using iPhone you might need to deleting some apps or video or photos that you not longer need to make more space
  • Good quality of videos; recommended to shoot a short clips to make you easier to edit together the short clips. We advise when you are recording video you keep the camera relatively still, panning around slowly, rather than sweeping from one thing to the other, better make the second thing a new clip
  • DO NOT ZOOM, because using zoom while video recording will make the quality of the video very poor
  • Be quite and do not talk while recording video
  • Shooting outside on a sunny day can be the best results. But if indoors, turns on the lights and open the curtain for better lights

How to add movie clips to iMovie:

1. Open iMovie on your Mac.

2. If you are importing footage from your iPhone, plug the device into your Mac via Lightning cable.

3. You may see a message asking you to confirm that you wish to allow the computer to access the information on your iPhone, click on Continue. Then confirm that your Trust the computer on your iPhone (you should see a message pop up on the device). Enter your passcode.

4. If the iMovie Import window isn’t open, click on the down arrow beside the red, yellow and green close/minimise/full screen buttons.

5. Click on Import Media and wait while the Mac and the iPhone sync up. This could take a while the first time you connect if you have a lot of footage on your iPhone.

6. When the two devices are synced, click on your iPhone in the list of Cameras. Or if you were using a camera or camcorder, click on that.

7. You’ll see thumbnails of all the clips on your iPhone (or camera). Scroll to the ones that you wish to use. Select the clips you wish to import. If you want to import a random selection of clips, press Command (cmd) as you select them, if you are selecting all the clips from one day, click on the first then last clips of that day while pressing Shift, and if you are selecting a group of clips click with your mouse and draw a marquee around them. Once the clips you want to use are selected, choose where you wish to Import to by clicking on the dropdown beside Import To: and then click on Import Selected.

8. If you later want to add more clips click on Project Media > Import Media and wait for the Import window to open up again. To avoid importing the same clips twice, make sure there is a tick beside Hide Imported

9. Once your clips are imported you will find them in My Movie in the column on the left. By default iMovie shows clips in a Show Separate Days in Events view, but this meant that our clips were shown newest to oldest, and we wanted to see them in date order. To fix this we went to View and clicked on Show Separate Days in Events. You can also change the order by clicking in View > Sort Clips by and choosing Ascending or Descending but the results will be determined by whether you have Show Separate Days in Events view turned on.

How to edit video in iMovie on the Mac

Once you open up iMovie, the free video editing software on your Mac, you will be able to create three kinds of projects: Media, Projects, Theater, found on the top bar.

  • Media: here is your library of different footage clips, stills, and audio to create your videos; for ease of use photos have a camera icon and audio tracks are colored green
  • Projects: this is where you work on creating your movie: the main workspace
  • Theater: here are your finished projects – you can play them, or use the little icon on the lower right to play, delete, rename or remove them from the cloud storage. You can also distribute it from here, we will come back to this later


1. Prepare the Project Workspace

When you click Project, two options are available: Movie and Trailer.

Trailer is a fun way of creating a little teaser for a movie or combining short clips. It prompts you to create a satisfying short video using templates.

In this article, we are going to look at the Movie method of editing video. These basics apply to Trailer too, and if you have accomplished them, making trailers will be quite easy.

This will take you into the Project workspace. Video editing consists of a Timeline, which is the film going from left to right, with tracks for visuals and audio. There is also an area for media, and windows for playing either the clip or the edited sequence.

The media are your building blocks. The timeline is where you edit visuals, sound, music, effects, and titles to make a satisfying video. iMovie is quite easy for beginners to use.

Drag and drop your media into the timeline to create your video. You can move them around and rearrange by dragging.

Modern video editing is “non-destructive”, that is you can play around with everything to your heart’s content, without ruining the originals, so you can go back if you do something you don’t like.

Cmd+Z undoes the last action.

2. Cutting Video Clips

You can see each clip in the Preview window (or panel). Hitting the space bar plays/stops playing the clip or you can drag the mouse across the timeline to where you want to be.

iMovie editing tips: most clips won’t be the right length. You can edit visuals (still or moving), audio, or music independently. You can also trim clips to the exact duration needed.

How to split a clip in iMovie

You often want to remove the beginning or end of a clip. It is an old rule-of-thumb in film-making to start the camera rolling early and finish late so you capture all the action. That means there is excess to trim in the editing stage.

Move the vertical line with the mouse to where you want to edit, right-click to split the clip into two. Then you can press delete to remove it. You can scrub around in the preview window to find the exact place to cut.

Audio clips can be edited in exactly the same way. You can use the Settings slider to zoom in and out on the timeline. The audio shows the sound graphically. If you look carefully you can see where a particular sound finishes. For example, if you have an interview with someone, and you have asked questions, you can cut them out so the person just appears to be talking continuously.

3. Add Music to iMovie

You can’t really do without music. If you are making a simple movie about your holiday, you might want to get some stock background music (Apple includes various tracks in iMovie). Simply lay that in an audio track. You can fade in and out by dragging on the beginning or end.

Note: if you are making a more complex production – for example with interviews or voice-over – you should not let the music overwhelm the audio. Fade it under the narration – it is actually better to err on the quiet side. Viewers find it quite annoying if they can’t hear what is being said.

4. Add Transitions to Video Clips

These are where two clips merge into each other. In the Transitions menu (on the top bar) you can find plenty of fun ways to go from one visual to the next. All you have to do is drag them into your movie at the appropriate place on the timeline. Note that lots of flashy transitions can become quite irritating to the viewer. The ordinary cut is the standard way. Transitions can be particularly effective when used with titles to introduce the video.

5. Add Titles to Project

Probably the first thing on screen in your film will be the title sequence. This is where you let your audience know that they are going to see something interesting, so think about them carefully. A good title, even if it lasts only a few seconds, primes the viewers for the film.

6. Export Your Project in iMovie

Once you have finished your project and viewed it through a couple of times to check everything is OK, you can go to the very top right-hand corner of the screen and there is an export icon. This allows you to finalize your video for Theater, Email, iTunes, YouTube, Facebook, and various others.

If you plan to put it up on YouTube, click on that icon and a panel comes up which lets you set various parameters of the film, such as description, resolution, and category. Private means only you can see it. You may want to ensure it is ready in your channel before you make it public and distribute it to the world.

If Theater is checked, then it will automatically add it to your Theater and the iCloud.

When you click Next you will be prompted to log in to your YouTube account and upload the movie. 

Done!

Source: macworld.co.uk & rev.com

iPhone 11, a truely phone gamers should try with A13 Bionic chip, a faster chip ever in a smartphone!

Photo by Clément ROY 

Apple says that the iPhone 11 made from the toughest glass ever in a smartphone and offers improved water resistance (IP68), boosting overall durability. Spatial audio offers a more immersive sound experience, and Dolby Atmos is supported.

Inside the iPhone 11, there’s an A13 Bionic 7-nanometer chip along with a third-generation Neural Engine. Apple says the A13 Bionic is the fastest chip ever in a smartphone with 20 percent faster CPU and GPUthan the A12. New Machine Learning Accelerators allow the CPU to deliver more than 1 trillion operations per second, and the Neural Engine is faster than ever for real-time photo and video analysis.

When it comes to battery life, the iPhone 11 supports up to 17 hours of video playback, up to 10 hours of streamed video playback, and 65 hours of audio playback, though it does not match the battery life of the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max. Fast charging is available, but unlike the iPhone 11 Pro, the iPhone 11 ships with a standard 5W charger and fast charging requires extra equipment.

According to Apple, the iPhone 11 is made from the most durable glass ever in a smartphone, so in theory, it should hold up better to accidental bumps and drops. It’s still glass, though, so it’s best to use a case or have AppleCare+ in case of accidental damage. It’s using a “dual ion-exchange process” to strengthen the front and back glass of the iPhone 11.

The iPhone 11 display continues to support Apple’s latest technology advancements including Tap to Wake to activate display with a single tap, a swipe-based gesture system to replace the Touch ID Home button, True Tone for matching the white balance of the display to the ambient lighting, and wide color for vivid, true to life colors.

It has a 1400:1 contrast ratio, which is one of the areas where it falls far short of the iPhone 11 Pro models. The iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max have a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio, which means their colors are richer, blacks are blacker, and there is HDR support, which is unavailable in the iPhone 11. 

The iPhone 11 is equipped with an A13 Bionic chip that’s faster and more efficient than the A12 Bionic chip in the iPhone XR. Apple says that the A13 Bionic is the fastest chip ever in a smartphone and so advanced that it’s “years ahead of the pack.”

Photo by David Švihovec

A13 BIONIC CHIP & RAM

The CPU’s two performance cores in the A13 are up to 20 percent faster and use 30 percent less power than the A12, and the four efficiency cores are up to 20 percent faster and use up to 40 percent less power.

According to testing by AnandTech, the A13 in the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro offers 50 to 60 percent higher sustained graphics performance than the iPhone XS and 20 percent faster CPU performance. Neural Engine

The A13 chip features a next-generation 8-core Neural Engine that Apple says is faster than ever for real-time photo and video analysis. A pair of Machine Learning Accelerators allow the CPU to run up to six times faster, delivering more than 1 trillion operations per second.

The Neural Engine is up to 20 percent faster and uses up to 15 percent less power than the previous-generation Neural Engine. Apple says its Neural Engine powers the camera system, Face ID, AR apps, and more. Core ML 3 for developers allows apps to leverage the power of the A13 Bionic for apps and games.

While there hasn’t been a teardown yet, rumors and benchmarks have suggested the iPhone 11 is equipped with 4GB RAM, up from 3GB RAM in the iPhone XR. The iPhone 11 is available in 64, 128, and 256GB capacities.

source: www.macrumors.com

iPhone 8, X, XS and XR are not waterproof !

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It’s not like an Apple watch that you can wearing it and do water sports, like swimming, snorkeling, surfing, or taking part in other types of water activities. The iPhone models are not waterproof, they are however water resistant (to a degree).

With an IP rating of IP68, Apple designed the iPhone XS to be waterproof in situations where it’s submerged no deeper than 2 meters or about 6 feet in water for 30 minutes or less.

The iPhone XR and the original X are rated IP67 under IEC standard 60529 much like the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus models when it comes to water resistance.

Examining the tech specs for these iPhone models, you find a small footnote that calls out the details of this.

As per Apple’s disclaimer via the footnote on the new iPhone XS Technical Specifications page:

iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are splash, water, and dust resistant and were tested under controlled laboratory conditions with a rating of IP68 under IEC standard 60529 (maximum depth of 2 meters up to 30 minutes). Splash, water, and dust resistance are not permanent conditions and resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear. Do not attempt to charge a wet iPhone; refer to the user guide for cleaning and drying instructions. Liquid damage not covered under warranty.

 

This means that your iPhone XS or iPhone XR/X/8 will not get damaged if it is exposed to a little rain splash while you are on the run.

Likewise, if you accidentally dropped it in the toilet or splashed some beer on it, you will be ok. Your iPhone will not be permanently damaged.

 

Remember Apple iPhones are Water-Resistant but not Waterproof!! 

 

source: appletoolbox

iPhone X, the most powerful and smartest chip ever in a smartphone

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iPhone X, is a a designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc. Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the iPhone X on September 12, 2017, alongside the iPhone 8 and 8 plus at the Steve Jobs Theater in the Apple Park campus. The phone is slated for release on November 3, 2017. This iPhone marks the iPhone’s tenth anniversary, with “X”.

Within Apple’s line-up, the iPhone X is positioned as a high-end, premium model intended to showcase advanced technologies, such as wireless charging, OLED display, dual cameras with improved depth sensing, and a face recognition unlock system called Face ID.

An iOS 11 GM build was also leaked over the preceding weekend, confirming the new design and features and revealing the new Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE connectivity.

iphone x charging

Specification:

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The iPhone X has a 5.8-inch (diagonal) OLEDcolor-accurate screen that supports DCI-P3 wide color gamut, sRGB, and high dynamic range. This “Super Retina HD Display” has the True Tone technology found on the iPad Pro, which uses six-channel ambient light sensor, to adapt the display’s color temperature to the surrounding ambient light. It has a typical contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1, a typical maximum brightness of 625 cd/m2, and a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating.

The iPhone X contains the Apple’s A11 Bionic SoC, which is a hexa-core processor using the 10nm process. It has the Neural Engine, which is the AI accelerator. It has two cores optimized for performance which are 25 percent faster than the A10 Fusion along with four efficiency-optimized core which are 70 percent faster than the iPhone 7.

iphone x in hand

Face ID replaces the Touch ID system. The Flood illuminator is an invisible infrared light that helps identify the user’s face in the dark. A dot projector uses more than 30,000 invisible dots that are projected onto the face to build its unique facial map. An infrared camera reads the dot pattern, captures an infrared image, then sends the data to the secure enclave in the A11 Bionic chip (which contains a dedicated AI Accelerator) to confirm a match. The system will not work with eyes closed—preventing access if unattended.

The iPhone X features two cameras, a 12 MP wide-angle camera with six-element lens, autofocus, IR filter, burst mode, f/1.8 aperture, digital image stabilization, and optical image stabilization. It can record 4K video at 24, 30, or 60 fps or 1080p at 30 or 60 fps, and slow-motion video (1080 at 120 or 240 fps), timelapse with stabilization. It can capture panoramas, and recognize faces. The telephoto lens has 2× optical zoom / 10× digital zoom, Portrait Lighting (beta), f/2.4 aperture, and optical image stabilization. It also has a quad-LED “True Tone” flash with Slow Sync. It has a 7 MP TrueDepth camera with a f/2.2 aperture.

*source: en.wikipedia.org

A BEAUTIFUL MIND IPHONE 8 & 8 PLUS

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Ten years after the launch of the original iPhone, now Apple launch their new products; iPhone 8 and 8Plus. Unlike the iPhone X, the iPhone 8 family keeps close to the familiar iPhone design, with the glass backed smartphones now able to be wirelessly charged.

Features

  • 4.7 and 5.5-inch LCD screens
  • A11 Bionic processor
  • Glass back cover
  • Wireless Charging
  • 12MP dual-lens camera on Plus modelcharging iphone 8
  • Single 12MP rear camera on 4.7-inch model
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 64GB, 256GB capacities
  • Launched September 2017

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have custom front and rear glass, made with a 50 percent deeper strengthening layer, fitted onto a steel substructure and surrounded with an aerospace-grade 7000 Series aluminum band. At the top of the face side of both phones are the FaceTime camera, microphone, and speaker, with the Home button featuring Touch ID towards the base. At the bottom edge is a Lightning connector, another microphone, and a stereo speaker grille. On the left side are the volume buttons and the Ring/Silent switch, with a side button on the opposite edge.

On the back side are the familiar camera bumps seen in previous generations. The iPhone 8 uses a single camera lens while the Plus model has two camera sensors in the standard horizontal arrangement, with both sets of cameras flanked by a flash. The iPhone 8 measures 5.45 inches tall by 2.65 inches wide and is 7.3 millimeters (0.29 inch) thick. The Plus is much larger, measuring 6.24 inches tall by 3.07 inches wide, but is only 0.2 millimeters thicker at 7.7 millimeters (0.30 inch). While the iPhone 8 weighs 5.22 ounces, the bigger Plus weighs in at 7.13 ounces.  The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have IP67 water and dust resistance.

*source:appleinsider.com

5 TIPS AND TRICKS FOR IPHONE YOU SHOULD KNOW

1. Save Battery Life (When It Is Running Low)

When your iPhone battery is running low, turning off the following settings can help make your iPhone last longer. With these off, you can still receive calls, SMS and even go online with EDGE connection.

  • Settings > Wi-Fi > Off
  • Settings > Bluetooth > Off
  • Settings > Privacy > Location Services > Off
  • Settings > General > Cellular > Enable 3G > Off
  • Settings > General > Cellular > Enable LTE > Off
  • Settings > Sounds > Vibrate on Ring & Silent > Off
  • Settings > Brightness & Wallpaper > Auto-Brightness > Off
  • Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data > Off.

2. Stop The Music With A Timer

Do you like to listen to music when getting into bed for the night but often doze off without switching the iPhone off? You can use a timer to help you shut down the music. To do this, tap on Clock > Timer > When Timer Ends. Scroll down and tap Stop Playing. Then, set a timer (say 30 mins) and tap Start. Now you may play any music and it will be turned off after 30 mins.

 

3. Use Headphone Cord to Take Photo

Shaky hands not getting you good photos? Well you can trigger a snapshot using the volume up or down buttons on your headphone.

Macorner Customer4. Filter Groups That Can Reach You

The ‘Do Not Disturb’ feature allows us to silence calls, alerts and notifications when the iPhone is locked. However there are important calls that we can’t afford to miss, for example, calls from Mom or your heavily pregnant wife. Here’s a tutorial to help important groups of people reach you even in ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode.

 

 

5. Disable Messages Preview

Here is a simple way to prevent others (see: annoying dad, mom, sister, brother, best friend) from accidentally reading your incoming SMS alerts when your iPhone is left unattended. Go to Settings > Notifications > Messages > Show Preview. Tap the option and turn it off to exclude a preview of the message in alerts and banners.