Titling in iMovie HD

It’s true that iMovie HD is one of the simplest video editing programs to use, but some folks still have problems with it. That isn’t to say that there are just some among us who are simply media illiterate… Ok, maybe some folks do have problems, but I think that’s less because they aren’t “wired” … Continue reading “Titling in iMovie HD”

It’s true that iMovie HD is one of the simplest video editing programs to use, but some folks still have problems with it. That isn’t to say that there are just some among us who are simply media illiterate…

Ok, maybe some folks do have problems, but I think that’s less because they aren’t “wired” to get software and more a result of bad teaching.
Enough philosophy though. My point is that one of the trickiest parts of iMovie HD is titling. And even more than that, moving and editing titles once they are in place.
But don’t fret. Here’s a great video that explains how to do just that:

Exporting from iMovie (08 or 09) to YouTube

It seems increasingly popular for professors at AU to assign video projects to their classes. One professor even explained to me that after the final they have a mini-film festival of all the videos the students had done as projects. Another professor explained an assignment he gives where he asks his students to put their … Continue reading “Exporting from iMovie (08 or 09) to YouTube”

It seems increasingly popular for professors at AU to assign video projects to their classes. One professor even explained to me that after the final they have a mini-film festival of all the videos the students had done as projects. Another professor explained an assignment he gives where he asks his students to put their work on YouTube. The class then has to look at everyone else’s videos and make comments on the content. To be sure it’s a neat way to use to the Internet for educational advantage. And YouTube is simple enough to use. But what about getting your movie out of iMovie and ready for a YouTube uplaod. How do you do that?

Like this:

Please note that this tutorial only applies to iMovies 08 and 09.

Are there any special effects in iMovie HD?

Oh yeah, there are lots. Check this video out from an intrepid editor: A lot of the stuff you see here are actually not special effects from the iMovie HD program and are just simple editing tricks you can do in iMovie. For example, when the character vanishes completely @ 0:37, it’s simply a matter … Continue reading “Are there any special effects in iMovie HD?”

Oh yeah, there are lots.

Check this video out from an intrepid editor:
A lot of the stuff you see here are actually not special effects from the iMovie HD program and are just simple editing tricks you can do in iMovie. For example, when the character vanishes completely @ 0:37, it’s simply a matter of filming himself in the background and then the background by itself and then inter-cutting the two.
But what about that lightening effect?
That’s actually a special effect from the application. Check it:
Try to be patient with this kid… You will actually learn how to do the effect…

Student, Faculty, and Staff Picks!

Nominate a video from the Media Services collection to be highlighted on our new Student, Staff, and Faculty Picks page. Come into Media Services and grab a nomination slip right by the door. Write down the title of one of your favorites from our collection and the reason you are nominating it. Thoughtful responses will … Continue reading “Student, Faculty, and Staff Picks!”


Nominate a video from the Media Services collection to be highlighted on our new Student, Staff, and Faculty Picks page.
Come into Media Services and grab a nomination slip right by the door. Write down the title of one of your favorites from our collection and the reason you are nominating it.

Thoughtful responses will be given priority.

How to Use HandBrake

HandBrake is free software available for Mac and PC that can assist in the circumvention of professional copyright protection measures on published media. Before proceeding with this tutorial or any other act which proposes to circumvent any copyright protection measures it is a good idea to take a look at the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright … Continue reading “How to Use HandBrake”


HandBrake is free software available for Mac and PC that can assist in the circumvention of professional copyright protection measures on published media. Before proceeding with this tutorial or any other act which proposes to circumvent any copyright protection measures it is a good idea to take a look at the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) and the “anti-circumvention exemptions” it provides. If the purpose of your actions is not found in the DMCA it may be that what you are attempting is illegal; tread carefully here.

This tutorial can assist you in using HandBrake to rip legally-defined clips from various media for educational or critical purposes:
Please note that Media Services staff CANNOT assist you in any act which attempts to break copyright measures.

Now Available in Media Services – Have You Heard From Johannesburg? DVD 7921 – 7927

Have You Heard from Johannesburg – DVD 7921 – 7927 Watch a clip of Have You Heard from Johannesburg – Road to Resistance Have You Heard From Johannesburg is seven documentary stories, produced and directed by Connie Field, chronicling the history of the global anti-aprtheid movement that took on South Africa’s entrenched apartheid regime and … Continue reading “Now Available in Media Services – Have You Heard From Johannesburg? DVD 7921 – 7927”

Watch a clip of Have You Heard from Johannesburg – Road to Resistance

Have You Heard From Johannesburg is seven documentary stories, produced and directed by Connie Field, chronicling the history of the global anti-aprtheid movement that took on South Africa’s entrenched apartheid regime and its international supporters who considered South Africa an ally in the Cold War.


Almost fifty years ago, South Africans began to realize that their freedom struggle had to be built in four arenas of action: mass action, underground organization, armed struggle, and international mobilization. These documentaries take viewers inside that last arena, the movement to mobilize worldwide citizen action to isolate the apartheid regime. Inspired by the courage and suffering of South Africa’s people as they fought back against the violence and oppression of racism, foreign solidarity groups, in cooperation with exiled South Africans, took up the anti-apartheid cause. Working against heavy odds, in a climate of apathy or even support for the governments of Verwoerd, Vorster and P.W. Botha, campaigners challenged their governments and powerful corporations in the West to face up to the immortality of their collaboration with apartheid.

This was not just a political battle; it was economic, cultural, moral, and spiritual. The struggle came to many surprising venues: it was waged in sports arenas and cathedrals, in embassies and corporate boardrooms, at fruit stands and beaches, at rock concerts and gas stations. Thousands died, but in the end, nonviolent pressures played a major part in the collapse of apartheid and thus in the stunning victory of democracy in South Africa.

The combined stories have a scope that is epic in both space and time, spanning most of the globe over half a century. Beginning with the very first session of the United nations, and ending in 1990 – when, after 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela, the best known leader of the African National Congress (ANC) toured the world a free man.