How to Make a Quality Video on a MacBook Pro


If you want to make a quality video, you can shoot footage and edit it using your Apple MacBook Pro. The MacBook Pro has a built-in high-definition camera and microphone. Apple installs the free iMovie application on every MacBook Pro, which you can use to shoot videos and then edit the footage. IMovie also enables you to add transitions, music and titles to help you improve the presentation of your video.

  • Position the MacBook Pro so it's facing the subject that you want to shoot video of. For example, you could place it on a table and have people sitting in chairs across from the laptop. The MacBook Pro’s built-in camera is located just above the display.

  • Click “iMovie” on the dock of your MacBook Pro to launch Apple’s native video making application.

  • Click “File” from iMovie’s menu, and then click “Import from Camera.” The video recording window opens, and the light next to the built-in HD FaceTime automatically turns on, showing that the camera is working.

  • Click the “Capture” button in the video recording window. A dialog box appears. Click the “Save To” drop-down menu, and then click a folder on your MacBook Pro where you want to save the video.

  • Click the “Capture” button again to start shooting video. You can pick up the MacBook Pro and walk around if you want to create a moving shot, such as for documentary-style footage. You could also sit in a chair and hold the MacBook while someone pushes you around to get a smoother tracking shot.

  • Click the “Stop” button on the Video Capture window when you're finished, and then click “Done.” A thumbnail image of the video appears in the iMovie Event Library pane. Shoot more videos clips with the camera to make different scenes. For example, you could shoot over the shoulder of one person during a dialog, showing the other person’s face, and then switch angles to shoot over the shoulder of the other person. You could move the MacBook far away to get a long shot of a scene showing everyone in the room, and then shoot another segment with close-ups.

  • Drag the thumbnails for each video segment that you shot into the Projects panel. Drag the thumbnails to the left or the right to reposition them in the time line. Click a thumbnail and drag the right edge to the left to shorten a clip.

  • Click the transition button, marked with an icon of two triangles on the iMovie toolbar, to add a transition between two clips. The Transitions browser opens. Drag a transition, such as Dissolve or Wipe, in between two clips to apply it.

  • Click the title button, marked with an icon of the letter “T” on the iMovie toolbar, to add text to your video. The Titles browser opens, with various static and animated title styles. Drag a title style thumbnail onto the clip’s thumbnail to apply it. Double-click the clip’s thumbnail to see it in the Viewer panel with the text box superimposed above the video. Click the text box and type your own words to replace the placeholder text.

  • Click the music button, marked with a musical note on the toolbar, to add music to your video. The music browser opens. Click a folder containing the music you want to use. Drag the name of a sound effect or music track onto the thumbnail of a video to add it to your movie.

  • Click “Share” from the iMovie menu, and then click an option to export the video, such as “QuickTime.” Type a name for the exported video, and then click the folder on your Mac where you want to save it. Click “Save.”

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