Initial plan for today: make the screencasts and the audio recording for all of this week’s tutorials, and start editing everything!
Background story: I’ve been a Mac user for almost four years now, but never really used iMovie and Garageband on my computer. I’ve used iMovie on my iPad, but that was it. Even though I’ve been using Camtasia for about four years as well do record some screencasts, mostly tutorials for my job, I decided I’d give the Mac apps a shot! What I love about Mac is that everything connects so well. I can use Airdrop to send pictures from my iPhone to my MacBook Pro, iMessages allows me to use Messages to text on my Mac, which is so much faster than on my phone, the notes I take on my iPhone synchronize with the ones on my computer, really, I love it. So why not make the most of it?
I started by recording the audio using Garageband. I could hear the ambient noise (#catowner) as I was listening to it, but quickly found a way to reduce it. Awesome! I removed the parts where I had messed up, and found out I simply had to share it with my iTunes library to be able to access it from iMovie. Re-awesome, it was super simple.
Then, I used Camtasia from my screen recording. Since it’s a software MADE for that, I decided to use it instead of the built-in screen recording functionality on QuickTime. Exported it to MP4, nailed it.
That’s where the trouble started
I had no problem importing the audio clip and the video file to iMovie. But it took me about an hour and a half to “successfully” (not really, actually) edit the whole video. Even if the audio and the video were separated, I could not find how to shorten the video without shortening the audio part. (Which is probably awesome when you have a video file with sound and you don’t want the sound to be unsynched!) I eventually found a way around by shifting, but it really wasn’t ideal. I still managed to chop parts of the audio by mistake, so I’m missing a section in my video. I also forgot to add an effect I usually add with Camtasia that allows my mouse pointer to be more visible, but since I had already exported the video, I could not go back without having to re-export the whole thing.
By the end, I was missing parts of my video as well as some part of the audio, and didn’t have a pointer.
iMovie is great for editing videos that were shot, but to edit the image and the sound separately, not so much. At least, it is not something very intuitive. I’m sure there are a lot of awesome tutorials out there that could help me, but simply asking Google for a few pointers didn’t do the trick, I’d have to spend more time on it. Since I’m already pretty good with Camtasia, I’ll keep using that one, as it suits my needs.
Bottom line: It is okay to try new softwares, but it’s also okay to stick with what you have if it does the job!
Oh, and tomorrow’s plan: re-edit the whole thing, using Camtasia.