Mid-Pacific Institute Professional Development
Project Design Brief using a Constructivist Model
Start New Project
To create your MPI PSA, start a new project in iMovie 09.
  • Name your project and choose a theme.
  • Do not choose "Automatically add" so you can choose your own transitions later.
  • Click "Create".

Adding Photos to iMovie 09

Add photos from iPhoto, your Flash Drive, or your hard drive.You can drag TIFF, JPEG, GIF, PICT, PNG, and PSD images directly from a Finder window and drop them into the Project pane.
  • Drag and drop your photos in the order that you want your presentation to go and you are ready to add transitions before each photo.

Add Ken Burns Effect

The Ken Burns tool needs a starting crop to zoom in from and and ending crop to zoom to. Drag a box to indicate the area of both the start and ending zones. 
  • Create a crop for start with a green outline. 
  • Create another crop for the ending in red. 
  • Resize the green box and position it where you would like the pan to begin.
  • Then click on the red box, resize it and position it where you want the transition to end.
  • An arrow between the two boxes indicates the direction the “camera” will pan across the video.
  • Click Done when you are happy with how the slide will show.

Add Transitions
Transitions add interest to the slide show and help to keep the audience’s attention throughout.  Choose transitions that fit the style of your slide show and showcase the strongest area of each shot.

  • Click on the transition button and you will see all the choices.
  • Drag and drop the transition you want in front of the slide.
  • A transition will shorten the length of each slide.  You can adjust the time by dragging the cursor over the beginning of the slide until you see the time indicator (i.e. 4s) click on that and it will allow you to change the duration.
Add Voiceover
Recording your own narration to accompany your PSA will make it your own.
  • Click the microphone icon to open the Voiceover window.
  • Choose a voiceover device or choose Built-in Microphone.
  • Drag input volume slider to set where you want the baseline volume of your recording.
  • Drag the noise reduction slider to the right to reduce background noise.
  • Click the video frame where you want the voiceover to begin.
  • When iMovie prompts you, begin speaking.
  • Chick anywhere in your project to stop recording.
  • A purple soundtrack icon appears below the video where the voiceover will be heard.
  • Click close.
Add title slide or slide with text
  • Click on T to open title window.

  • Click on the style you want.

  • Drag and drop it where you want in your project.  It can be at the beginning, the end or between slides.
  • Type text in the area indicated and hit enter.
  • Hit space bar to preview project.  Hit space bar again to stop.
To add music and sound effects
  • Click on music icon to open window.
  • You can choose a sound effect in iLife, iMovie or choose one from your playlist on your computer by using the blue arrow button.
  • Click on the piece of music that you want.  Drag and drop it where you want in your project.  A green track will appear below the photos indicating where the music will start and stop playing.  

  • Your window now shows the title slide (3.5 sec.), a transition to the next slide, and a music track lasting 7.5 seconds.  The red vertical indicator shows where the slide show will start when you hit the space bar to begin previewing.  It is at the beginning at this time.  You can move it anywhere in the project to start.
  • To adjust duration of the music, go to the end of green track and drag the track to the left to shorten and to the right to lengthen.
  • To adjust volume of the music so it will not affect your voiceover, click on the gear icon at the beginning of the sound track to open menu.

  • Choose Audio Adjustments.
  • A new window will open up to allow you to fade the music in and out or use ducking to keep the music in the background.  Use sliders to adjust.

  • Click Done when finished.

Add Photos and the Ken Burns Effect