DIGI 110 Lab - Video Capture

Due Before Next Class

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STANDARD (75% marks):

By completing the standard portion students will demonstrate:

ADVANCED (+25% Marks):

By completing the advanced porting students will demonstrate:


  1. We recommend using a Media Studies or your own Mac Laptop to use iMovie. If you use your own Video Editing Application we cannot guarantee that you will be able to complete this lab in its entirety.
  2. Plug the SD card into the computer or insert it into a card reader or the original camera and plug it into the computer with a USB cable.

Standard Lab - Part 1: New Project and Capture

  1. Open iMovie and create a New Project
  2. Click Import Media (the down arrow)
  3. Find the Camera Card (Often called "CAMSD") and view the clips.
  4. Select the clips you want. Hold the Command key to select more than one.
  5. Click Import Selected
  6. When Importing is complete, a message will appear. Eject the SD Card/Camera
  7. Pass-on the SD Card/Camera to someone else in your group.

Part 2: Basic Crop, Insert into Timeline.

  1. Drag portions of your clips from your Event to the Timeline.
  2. The act of creating those "portions" is called cropping.

Part 3: Split and Rearrange!

  1. To Split a Clip. Move the playhead to the location you wish to split and select "Split Clip" from the Modify menu.

    You can also use the key command: Command-B

  2. Dragging the edges of a clip will add to or subtract from the video
  3. Use the Zoom slider on the right hand side to zoom in to the clip for more precise control or zoom out to see all your clips at once
  4. Position the clips in the order you want them to be in. Usually, B-Roll subject coming toward camera --> Interview --> B-Roll subject/interviewer talking

Part 4: Fix the Audio!

  1. For the interview clip: Adjust the volume so that you can hear dialogue easily without headphones.
  2. For the "B-Roll" clips: Mute the audio and shorten them to no more than 5 seconds.
  3. Arrange the B-Rolls appropriately before and after the Interview.


  1. Insert a background music track (from BenSound or another Royalty Free Source) to underlay the entire project exactly ensuring the backgroud sound is continuous, but appropriate for before, during and after the interview
  2. In your screen shot, ensure the audio tracks are visible and differences are seen.

Submit your Lab

  1. Let the Techncian know you are done so they can come over and check your work.
  2. Take a screenshot of the iMovie window: Press Shift-Apple(Command)-3
  3. Submit it to the Dropbox

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