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Planning a Movie > Preparing the iMovie Project - Pg. 105

iMovie: The Swiss Army Knife of Digital Video Software 105 · Try to keep camera motion while you are shooting to a minimum. When you move the camera, stop shooting while you are moving, unless it is essential to move and shoot at the same time. Footage that you capture on the move is not likely to be pleasant to watch. You should also avoid using the camera's Zoom control while you are shooting for the same reason. Stop taping, change the camera position or zoom, and resume taping again. Try to use a tripod whenever possible. Preparing the iMovie Project When you have planned your movie, you are ready to get into iMovie and start making the movie by creating an iMovie project. Create an iMovie Project 1. Open iMovie. If you have not used iMovie before, you will see a dialog box with three buttons: New Project, Open Project, and Quit. In this dialog box, click the New Project button. (If you have previously worked with iMovie, it remembers your last project and automatically opens it for you. In that case, start a new project by choosing File, New Project.) In the Create New Project dialog box, name your project. Move to the volume on which you are going to store it and click Create. Open the project folder that you just created, and you will see two items: a folder called Media and an iMovie file that has the same name as the project you created (see Figure 4.14). The media folder is used to store the clips, images, additional sounds (such as a music track), and other components that you use in your project. The iMovie file is a small pointer file that contains references to all the files in the media folder that you are using. If you want to open your project by double-clicking something, this file is the icon that you double-click. 2. 3.