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99 Mac Secrets (Part 4) - iMovie secrets, GarageBand secrets, iWork secrets

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iMovie secrets     

75.  Avoid unwanted video resizing

When you import your videos you’ll be given two size options. The smaller option will take less time to import and export, but the quality will be lower – we would almost always suggest going for the full option to avoid automatic resizing.

76.  Skip between clips fast

If you’re editing a long movie and want to quickly skip between clips without scrolling and clicking, hold down the Cmd key and hit the left or right arrow button to jump between clips and transitions quickly. When you do this, the clips will be selected so you can immediately do what you want with them.

When you do this, the clips will be selected so you can immediately do what you want with them.

77.  View Timeline in a single row

To view your video in a more traditional way, first open Preferences>General and check the Show Advanced Tools option. Now go back to your project and hit the button in the top-right of the Project window to view your Timeline in a single row.

78.  Resize Thumbnails

There are two sliders in the iMovie window: one changes the clip’s displayed time, while the other controls the size of the thumbnails in the iMovie window. The latter is often completely missed, but it’s a great way of checking which clips are which without playing them all.

79.  Change clip timing to frame counts

For first-time iMovie users, the counter at the bottom of the screen is easy to use and understand, which is great. However, as you become more knowledgeable, you need more control, and this comes in the form of a frame counter. You can switch this feature on in the General section by checking the box next to Display time as HH:MM:SS:Frames.

You can switch this feature on in the General section by checking the box next to Display time as HH:MM:SS:Frames.

GarageBand secrets

80.  Use the EQ Analyzer

To open the Visual EQ effect, double-click a track’s header and choose Edit from the info panel on the right. Click the Visual EQ option and you can manually adjust the equalizer settings and set the EQ to analyses your track so you can see exactly which adjustments are needed.

81.  Change multi-track view

GarageBand has the ability to record up to eight real instruments and one software instrument simultaneously, which is more than enough for recording a full band in one sitting. To activate and set it up, choose Track from the menu bar, and then click Enable Multi-track Recording. This will make a small red button appear next to each track, and you can click this to activate the tracks you want to record simultaneously. Hit R on your keyboard to start recording.

82.  Copy and paste with Alt

If you’ve created a section of a track that you want to copy and paste later in the song, you don’t have to use multiple keyboard shortcuts to do it. Select the area you want to copy, then simply hold the Alt key as you click and drag it. Now drop it where you want!

Copy and paste with Alt

83.  Change your account information

GarageBand will automatically use the information stored on your Mac when it comes to adding information about your track. You can change this information to whatever you like, however. Do it by opening up Preferences and choose the My Info tab. You can input your own Artist, Composer and Album Name, as well as naming the new iTunes playlist the track will be added to.

84.  Edit a movie’s audio track

You can use GarageBand to fine-tune or completely edit the audio tracks in your movie projects. Open GarageBand and in the New Projects section choose Movie. Then, import the video you want to edit from the menu on the right of the screen to see the audio tracks displayed below their thumbnails. It offers much greater control over your audio than iMovie, so it’s well worth a try for even more professional results.

You can use GarageBand to fine-tune or completely edit the audio tracks in your movie projects.

You can use GarageBand to fine-tune or completely edit the audio tracks in your movie projects.

iWork secrets

85.  Temporarily disable guide lines

Dragging objects around in iWork will make them automatically lock into guide lines on the page. Whether they’re aligning with the center of the page itself, or aligning with the other objects that you’ve added to your page, they can often make it hard to position things precisely where you want them. To stop objects sticking to the lines temporarily, hold the Cmd button while you drag them around.

86.  Password protect documents

If you want to keep documents secret, you can request a password for the document you’re working on to be opened. To do this, open the Inspector and in the first tab check the box marked require password to open. You’ll be prompted to create a password and add a hint, and once this is done your document will be secure.

If you want to keep documents secret, you can request a password for the document you’re working on to be opened.

87.  Export Pages as Microsoft Word documents

While Pages is a brilliant word processor, it’s often frustrating that Pages documents cannot be opened and used by Microsoft Word. Instead, you’ll need to choose File>Export and then select Microsoft Word from the options.

88.  Add an advanced gradient

Gradients are useful for adding some color to your work, and with Advanced Gradients you can add multiple colors to your shapes with smooth transitions. When you create a shape, open the Inspector to the Graphic inspector section and choose the Advanced Gradient Fill option from the drop-down box. You can add points to the gradients with different colors, as well as move the mid-points around.

89.  Multiple inspectors

The Inspector is an incredibly useful tool, but sadly it doesn’t let you see all your controls at once. Thankfully, you can do this by opening up multiple inspectors, each displaying a different control section. To do this, hover over the tab you want, hold Alt and click it. A new Inspector will be opened in that tab – you can have as many open as you like.

The Inspector is an incredibly useful tool, but sadly it doesn’t let you see all your controls at once.

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