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How to use iMovie to record videos for free

How to use iMovie to record videos for free

Record video with iMovie

Developed by Apple for iOS devices as well as for Mac, iMovie is a program that has gained popularity in recent years because there are many editing options such as the trailer effects and templates. Once your editing is complete, you then have various options of where to send the finished piece from Facebook to iCloud, Vimeo to YouTube. As well as editing, you can also record using this program and many find it perfect for instructional videos. However, there seems to be a lack of knowledge surrounding the topic which is why we have some tips and tricks for you today.

How to Record – As mentioned previously, we all know iMovie as a way of editing videos but not many people realise that it can also be used to record which makes the whole process easier because everything is in one place. In truth, there are two different methods of recording – internal iSight camera or external iSight camera.

If you have one of the more recent Mac devices, you should already have an internal iSight camera so the import button should be all you need to have the camera record. Since this requires no connections and no additional purchases, this is the easier option of the two. However, older Mac devices will need an external iSight camera. Essentially, the process is exactly the same except you need to connect an external camera before you start recording. Regardless of which way you need to go, the process requires the following to record;

1. To start, click on the “Import” button in the toolbar; if you are using an external option, make sure it is connected before opening the program.
2. Next, select the camera you need to record and it will import. Once finished, you should notice a live feed on the main screen.
3. From here, you just need to click “Record” to get going and the live image will be captured until you click on “Done” to finish.

As you can see, iMovie is easy and simple to use but there is also a negative – it only records webcam. Furthermore, it should also be noted that there is very little in the way of recording settings because it is through the webcam so, if you want to make adjustments, a different program might be necessary.

Alternative Method – With these negatives, you might find that you need another tool instead so we suggest “Mac Screen Recorder“. As the name suggests, this tool is superb for recording the screen of your Mac device, the web camera, or perhaps even both at the same time to create picture-in-picture videos. If you choose to record your screen, you will have an opportunity to record the full screen or just a specific region. After finishing your recording, you can also make use of the video converter so you can have the correct format for your needs. Finally, we should also mention the task scheduler which allows you to record even when you aren’t near the computer. If you like the sound of all this, follow these steps;

1. Firstly, you will need the program and this can be found on the Mac Screen Recorder website.
2. As soon as the installation has finished, the “Options” section boasts all sorts of quality settings in addition to hotkeys, frame rate, and cursor settings so take a look at these.
3. Once you have your desired settings, you need to open whatever you wish to record whether it is the screen or your web camera. After a window pops up, you can click “Start” and the recording will begin. Whenever you are finished, the “Stop” button will end all recording and your file will show in the relevant media library.

If you want to record picture-in-picture, you first select region and drag the tool over the region you wish to record. After this, simply find the webcam icon and this will add it to the recording. This way, you can record a region of the screen whilst also showing the webcam which is extremely helpful for tutorials and such videos.

If you are looking to record your Mac system, we must say that Mac Screen Recorder has the advantage and this is because it has been designed for this exact purpose. Before recording, you can play around with the settings and use the quality you need which isn’t something available with iMovie. After recording, your job is made easier thanks to video converting and task scheduling.

2 Free ways to transfer files from iPad to Mac

2 Free ways to transfer files from iPad to Mac

Method 1. Transfer iPad files to Mac with Email

The greatest advantage of using the e-mail way to send a file is that you don’t need USB cord to connect your iPad to your Mac, they don’t even have to be close, as you can send the file from your iPad when you are away from home and open it later when you are by your Macbook.

Step 1. The important thing that we should make clear is that sending a file from an iPad via e-mail actually starts with the file itself. So, for example, if you are sending a PDF file, open it and then choose the shown button in the upper-right corner, and then select E-mail photo.

Step 2. You will be taken to your mail client. Fill out all the needed fields and send the e-mail to the desired address.

Step 3. Next, simply use your Mac to access your e-mail account, open the right e-mail and download the file. Note that the e-mail you are sending the file to and the mail you are opening on your Mac need to be the same.

 

Method 2. Transfer iPad files to Mac with TunesGo

Step 1. Connect iPad with Mac via a USB cable and launch the iPad to Mac transfer tool – TunesGo. iPad to Mac transfer app will detect your iPad automatically. You will notice that TunesGo has recognized your device and that it is connecting it.

Step 2. Select the file type. As you can see, you can choose from various types of files listed in the left part of the screen, like Music, Movies, Photos etc. For this tutorial, we will choose to transfer movies from iPad to Mac. Click on Movies on the left and you will get a screen that will list all available movies on your iPad. You simply have to select the movies you want to transfer now by clicking on them and marking them.

Step 3. Next, notice the Export button above the Movies list. You should click the Export button, and then make a selection to Export to Mac. This will export the files to your Macbook.

How to use iMovie to speed up video

How to use iMovie to speed up video

iMovie is the best free video editing software on Mac. Many youtuber and bloger use it to make awesome videos for their channel. And I will share a tip here to show you how to use iMovie to speed up video.

Step 1. Launch iMovie, double click the video clip in the Project Browser to bring out the inspector window.

Step 2. Here you will see a speed slider. Drag it to the left will make the video slower, or to the right to speed up the video.

Speed Up Video with iMovie

Step 3. After you get the right speed, click ‘Done’ to save the video.

 

Although iMovie is a good video editor, but it’s a little bit simple. If you want to a more professional video editing software. This filmora is your best choice, it built-in 100+ Unique Effects and Filters to help you make professional videos easily. And here is how to use filmora to speed up video.

Step 1. Download and install Filmora, it’s available on both Mac and Windows system. And then run it.

Step 2. Drag and drop a video into Filmora, double click it to open the Video Inspector panel.

Speed Up Video with Filmora

Step 3. Drag the Speed slider to speed up your video. You can preview the video to make sure you get the right speed. And then click “OK” to save the video, done.

How to download YouTube videos on Yosemite for free

How to download YouTube videos on Yosemite for free

Yosemite is the best Mac OS X nowadays, it’s available on apple.com . You can upgrade your Mac to Yosemite for free now! But it’s pity that the old method to download YouTube video on Mavericks is not work on Yosemite. If you want to upgrade to Yosemite and keep downloading YouTube video, this step by step guide will help you.

The tool I recommend to you is this YouTube Downloader for Mac. It’s compatible with all Mac OS X including Yosemite.

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Step1. Download and install the YouTube Downloader. And then launch it and you’ll see the simple but easy to navigate interface of the software.

Step2. Open YouTube website in your internet browser. Search for the video you want to download. Play the video and once it is playing, you will see a Download button is going to show up when you hover on the top right corner of your video screen. Click that Download button and the download will begin.

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Another way of downloading the video is with URL. Copy the URL of the video that you want to download from the address bar of your internet browser and paste it on your YouTube downloader. And that’s it! Just wait for a few minutes for the download to finish. It may take a few minutes depending on the size of the video you are trying to download.

Step3. The downloaded YouTube video is in FLV format, if you want to put them on iPod, iPhone or portable player. You have to convert the FLV video to MP4 video. You just need to locate the video in your Downloaded library and you can see the convert button is on the right corner of the video. Just click it and choose an MP4 as output format and click the convert button and it’s done. You can also convert the YouTube video to AVI for burning to DVD, or convert YouTube to WMV for editing on Windows Movie Maker.

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How to recover deleted iPhoto photos on Mac

How to recover deleted iPhoto photos on Mac

iPhoto is an amazing photo management software for Mac users. Free and Easy to use. You can use it to organize, edit, share and burn to CD/DVD. But sometimes, you may delete the treasure photos by accidently, if you have made a backup of your iPhoto library, it would be easy to retrieve the deleted photos. But if you don’t have backup, don’t worry. Here is a step by step guide will show you how to recover the deleted iPhoto photos.

If your photos were accidentally dragged to iPhoto trash and you could not drag them back to Mac desktop, you can go to your iPhoto trash, then select those deleted photos and right click to select “Restore to iPhoto Library”. You iPhoto trash photos will be retrieved easily.

If the above method not works, you will need some third party software to recover your delete iPhoto photos. The software I recommend is this Data Recovery for Mac. I have tried many data recovery software, both freeware and shareware. They are neither hard-to-use, nor worked poor, some even built-in viruses and spyware. But this one worked fairly well.

Step1. Download and install the Data recovery for Mac, and then launch it. You’ll see a primary window with several recovery options. We’re going to recover the iPhoto files, so select “Lost File Recovery” first. Note: It is highly suggested to install the program in another partition of your Mac so as to avoid data overwriting.

Step 2. Now you just need to select the partition that you set your iPhoto library in and click “Scan” to begin scanning for lost photos.

Step3. When the scan process is finished, the data recovery will return a file list in the left of the window, and you will be able to preview found photos. Then you just need to select your lost photos and click “Recover” to save them back to your Mac.

If you need more details, here is a video guide of how to recover delete iPhoto files on Mac.

How to import Camcorder videos and photos into Mac

How to import Camcorder videos and photos into Mac

After you recorded some family videos or photos with Camcorder, you must want to edit them with iMovie or iPhoto. The first simple step to import them into your Mac. The process is not difficult, but it must be done properly in order to achieve a good result. And here is a step by step guide will show you how to connect Camcorder to Mac and get the best quality videos and photos.

Connect Camcorder to Mac

The tool you need: A 6 pin or 4 pin cable. Usually, camcorders need a 4 pin cable end in order to be able to connect to the Mac, although sometimes they might allow a 6 pin end as well.

Tips: Some camcorder videos are in HD format, like AVCHD, MTS, TS, etc. They are not compatible with iMovie or Final Cut Pro. You can follow this guide to convert the video to the right format.

Step1. Make sure your camcorder is set to the correct mode for importing photos and videos. For information on which mode to choose, see the instructions provided with your camcorder. If your camcorder has a sleep mode, make sure it is disabled or set to a time increment long enough to allow your images and videos to download.

Step2. The first step is to locate the four-pin FireWire port on your video camcorder. On most video camcorders, you’ll find it located under a plastic or rubber boot. Leave the video camcorder powered off and simply lift up the boot from the camcorder and insert the smaller four-pin end of the FireWire cable into the the FireWire port of the camcorder.

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Step3. Once the camcorder is connected, take the other end of the FireWire cable, the larger six pin end, and insert it into the FireWire port of your Mac. When both of the cables are connected, you can turn on the power to your video camcorder.

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Step4. In a few seconds your Mac should automatically launch iMovie. Follow the on-screen instructions on your Mac and begin the video transfer from your video camcorder to your Mac.

How to make PDF file on Mac

How to make PDF file on Mac

PDF file is the most popular document format nowadays. It’s widely used in Magazine, Email, Website, Ebook, Agreement and so on. Here is an explanation about PDF from Wikipedia. Let you know more about PDF. Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format used to represent documents in a manner independent of application software, hardware, and operating system. Each PDF file encapsulates a complete description of a fixed-layout flat document, including the text, fonts, graphics, and other information needed to display it.

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If you have some documents that you want to convert into PDF format, here is a step by step guide will show you how to do the job. The tool you need is this PDF Creator, this tool is not only a PDF maker, but also a PDF Editor that can help you edit PDF and add passwords to secure your PDF files. Now let’s start the guide.

Step1. After you download the PDF Creator, double click it and follow the steps to install the PDF Creator, and then launch it.

Step2. Now navigate to the File menu and click the Create tab, you will get a drop-down list with options to make PDF. Click on the PDF From File option, you will open a file browse window. Then select the file you want and import it to the program. Your file will be opened with this program in PDF format.

Next you can just go to the File menu, and select the Save as option, then specify a directory to save the output file. Last, click the Save button, and you have finished creating your PDF file.

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Tips: You can use the merging function to join your several PDF files into one single PDF. To do so, just go to File and click the Create tab, then select Combine Files into a Single PDF option. A pop-up window will appear for you to import files. Click on the Add Files button on the top left corner of the window and choose the files you need. Then click the Combine button, the files will be opened in a PDF. Now you can just use Command and S key to save the PDF file.

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That’s all, it couldn’t be easier to create PDF file like that on Mac.

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How to download dailymotion video to Mac for free

How to download dailymotion video to Mac for free

Dailymotion is a good YouTube alternative, you can upload and share videos with it online. And there are many cool and funny videos on Dailymotion like Music Videos, TV shows, Movie, Animation, Podcast and so on. When you found a good video, you may want to save it to your computer, and this step by step guide will show you how to download Dailymotion video. Even you are new to Mac, you can follow this guide to manage the job.

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The tool you need is this Mac Online Video Downloader, I have tried many apps to download Dailymotion video, and this one works fairly well. It’s easy to use and it’s compatible with all Mac OS even the Maverick. Now, let’s start the guide.

Step1. Download and install the Mac Online Video Downloader, open the Safari browser, go to dailymotion.com and find the video you want to download to Mac.

Step2. Play the video, the app will analytic the dailymotion video and show a ‘Download’ button on the top of the video. Click it, the downlading process will be started automatically. This app supports batch downloading, you can download several dailymotion videos at the same time. Tha’t all, it couldn’t be easier to download dailymotion video to Mac like that. More important, the software is free to download video, you just need to pay for it if you need to convert the video.