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Trim your videos in iPhoto!

Did you know that you can edit a video clip in iPhoto? This is pretty slick! In iPhoto ’11 you can trim (cut) a video clip, so that the movie will stop when you want it to end. This is a quick and easy way to get rid of unnecessary fluff in your videos, without having to work in iMovie. You can quickly shorten a video of your recent trip and start a slideshow to show your friends.

Another great thing about this is that your edits don’t have to be permanent. Trimming a video clip doesn’t delete footage; it just divides the footage into two clips. To cancel the cut, choose Reset Trim from the Action pop-up menu.

Follow these few steps or watch the video below to see how to trim your clips.

To trim a video clip:

1. Do one of the following:
▪ Double-click the video clip.
▪ Select the video clip, and then press the Space bar.
2. Play the movie until you reach the point at which you want to insert a cut.
You can drag the slider at the bottom of the movie controls panel (shown below) to go to a specific point in the movie.

Choose Trim from the Action pop-up menu.

 

 

 

Enjoy the ease of editing!

Roxio Easy VHS to DVD for Mac

I have two great video cameras right now. One is my iPhone 4S; the video that this iPhone can shoot is incredible in quality. I also got a mirrorless Sony NEX-5n for Christmas. Again, incredible video. Once you go to a nice HD video camera, there’s no going back.

But what about all that video I have sitting around from years gone by? I decided that I want to digitize all that video on VHS, Hi 8, Mini DV — and any other video acronym you can think of — to my iMac.

I wanted to get it digitized before my VHS tapes started degrading too badly. I also want to be able to share those home movies, and that’s tough to do until you get them on your Mac. Once they are on your Mac, its easy to put your home movies on your iPod or iPad, or stream to your Apple TV.

One product that makes this easier is Roxio’s Easy VHS to DVD for Mac. If it has “Easy” in the name, its got to be some easy software, right? Well, this one is, actually, pretty “easy.”

It’s a combination hardware and software solution; so it comes with the cable you need to plug in your old VHS player (don’t have one lying around anymore? borrow one from grandma) or analog camcorder.

You then fire up Roxio’s software, name your video, tell it how you’ve got everything plugged in, hit play on the VHS, hit record on the sofware, and go have dinner. If you’re not hungry, you’ll have to do something for a while. If you want to capture 60 minutes of birthday parties from 20 years ago, it will take 60 minutes. There is no way to speed that part up, so this will take some time. Luckily, Roxio has a nice “auto stop” feature so you don’t have to be around to stop recording.

Once the video is captured, you can burn it right to a DVD with the included Toast software, or you can drop it into iMovie to edit first.

Wish me luck in digitizing my shoebox full of videos. And don’t tell my mom I can do this; she’ll want me to digitize her movies.

Price: $79

Pros:
Comes with everything you need; hardware and software
Can go straight to DVD or edit in iMovie
Includes Toast Basic 9 – a nice freebie

Cons:
Digitizing video is still time consuming
You’ll need a lot of hard drive space if you want to digitize a lot of video