There are a number of new features in Quicktime X for Lion and a cool one is basic video editing along with some new sharing options.
Record a Movie
File > New Movie Recording
If your Mac has a built-in iSight (Face Time) camera it will try to use that as the video source
Click the arrow button in the controller.
From here you can control the Camera and audio sources
Control the record quality (Medium, High, and Maximum)
Select the Save location for your clip
Press the red recording button to record. Press 'stop button to stop.
You can also use Firewire DV cameras and some USB webcams a video sources
External usb mics and audio interfaces can also be used.
Quality settings using FaceTime HD camera
Medium - 640 x 480 H.264 15 FPS 2.5 Mbit/s
High - 1280 x 720 H.264 15 FPS 13.35 Mbit/s
Max - 1280 x 720 Photo JPEG 15 FPS 12 Mbits/s
This is very similar to movie recording
File > New Audio recording
High Quality - 256 Kbps 44.1 Hz AAC Stereo
Max Quality - 24bit Stereo 44.1Hz AIFF
File > New Screen Recording
Set the Mic and Quality (Medium, High)
Can also 'Show Mouse Click in Recording'
In the video mouse clicks with black circles when you click
You are given the option to make a selection to record a portion of the screen
Click to record the whole screen
The recorder staays on the screen and in front so you may want to minimize it
Quicktime X in Snow Leopard would make it go away and place a 'stop' option in the menubar
To stop you can press the stop button or hit Command+Control+Esc
Quality settings (seem to be backward in Lion)
Medium - Photo JPEG 50Mbit/sec
High- H.264 2Mbit/sec
Edit a Movie
Trim a Movie
Open or record a clip and choose Edit > Trim
Use the yellow "trimming" area to define the area you want to keep
Drag the start and end handles to make your selection and press 'Trim' to trim your clip.
While in trim mode you can use the Edit > Select All Excluding Silence option to quickly select an trim clips that have silence at the beginning and end of the clip.
Splitting a clip
Drag the playhead to the desired location and choose Edit > Split Clip
Now in "Clip view" you can make additional splits
Make sure the clip is outlined in yellow (edit mode) in order for the editing functions to be visible.
Drag the thin red line to the desired position and choose Edit > Split (Command + Y) to make additional splits
I sometimes had a hard time getting the split clip option to be visible. Especially when near the ends of a clip. Possibly because Apple feels at that pint you should use the 'Trim' features
Trimming a Clip
Make sure your in 'Clip' editing mode. Choose View > Show Clips (Command + E) if not.
Double-click a clip to enter the trim mode.
Often if it's a clip you just split or trimmed you'll see you still have full access to the entire clip.
Until you save all the editing within a move seems to be non-destructive.
Drag the yellow trimming bar handles to make your trim selection and press the 'Trim' button to trim the clip and return to the 'Clip' view.
Open the movie you want to add other movies to
Choose View > Show Clips
You can choose Edit > Add Clip to End
A standard open dialog box will come up and you can now select the movie you want to add.
If the movie you want to add clips to already has some clips in it you can select a clip, make sure it's highlighted in yellow, and choose Edit > Insert Clip After Selection
Then use the dialog box to find and add a movie after the selected clip.
Adding and moving clips
Open the movie that you want to take a clip from
Use the techniques I'm already covered to split or trim the source material so you can select just the clip you want to use.
Make sure the clip is selected in the Clip view and is outlined in yellow.
Choose Edit > Copy
Now open or go back to the movie you want to add the clip to
Choose Edit > Paste
The clip will be added to the beginning of the movie and you will be placed in 'Clip' view
You can select the clip by clicking it, it will highlight in yellow, and then you can drag the clip to the position you'd like.
If you are already in clip view and have a clip selected when you select Paste, then the pasted clip will be added after the currently selected clip.
Extra clip editing features
You can also rotate or flip clips
Select the clip and under Edit > choose whether you want to rotate the clip left or right, or flip the clip horizontally or vertically.
If you have a portrait (vertically) oriented clip you can also change the alignment
Select the clip
Choose Edit > Clip Alignment
Options are Center (Default), Top, Bottom, Left, or Right
Choose File > Export
In the dialog enter the filename and the location you wish to export to
Choose an option for format from the presets
These options will vary depending on your source material and will give you up to the maximum possible resolution and data rates based on your source material
Possible options are:
480p: 3 Mbit/s H.264 MOV files with up to a 640 x 480 resolution.
720p: 7.5 Mbit/s H.264 MOV files with up to a 1280 x 720 resolution.
1080p: 10 Mbit/s H.264 MOV files with up to a 1920 x 1080 resolution.
iPod Touch (3rd generation) & iPhone 3GS: Creates a 480p copy of the movie using 3.0 Mbit/s H.264. MPEG video files.
iPad, iPhone 4 & Apple TV: Creates a 720p copy of the movie using 7 Mbit/s H.264. MPEG video files.
If you press and hold the Option key while selecting the format drop down you get preset options for older devices
iPod & iPhone: 1.5 Mbit/s H.264. MPEG video files
Apple TV: 5 Mbit/s H.264. MPEG video files.
After making your choices click Export.
When exporting if you'd like you can choose Window > Show Export Progress to see a status window
This is really helpful when you are exporting multiple movies at the same time
Export for Web
Choose File > “Export for Web.”
In the dialog enter the filename (will also be a folder name) and location you want to save the files.
Select the sizes you want to create
Wi-Fi: Creates a movie optimized for delivery over a Wi-Fi connection. Cellular: Creates a movie optimized for delivery over a cellular connection. Broadband: Creates a movie optimized for delivery over a broadband connection.
In the Resources folder there will be an HTML file that you can open in Safari with instructions on how to add and use the files with your web hosting company
The basics are:
The resources folder will have all the assets and folder structure. You need to upload all those file via FTP and maintain that structure on your server.
The exported movie files and reference movie need to be kept together are the same folder (directory) level
When the page loads the reference movie determines the browsers device and connection capabilities and then delivers the appropriate size and quality of video.
Sharing a Movie
Under Share menu there are options for a number of Apple and Web based services
iTunes: The movie is converted and added to your iTunes library in a format suitable for iPhone and iPod, Apple TV, or iPad.
MobileMe Gallery: If you have a MobileMe account, you can upload a movie to your MobileMe Gallery. Just give your movie a title and description, select whether you want your movie to be compatible with iPhone and iPod touch, and then select the access options you want others to have.
YouTube: If you have a YouTube account, you can upload a movie to your YouTube account. You’re asked to provide your YouTube account information. YouTube allows you to upload movies that are up to 15 minutes in length or up to 2 GB in size.
Vimeo: If you have a Vimeo account, you can upload a movie to Vimeo. You’re asked to provide your Vimeo account information, and then you can give your movie a new title and description. You can also add tags for your movie or make your movie personal.
Flickr: If you have a Flickr account, you can upload a movie to Flickr. You’re asked to provide your Flickr account information, and then you can give your movie a new title and description. You can also add tags for your movie or make your movie personal.
Facebook: If you have a Facebook account, you can upload a movie to Facebook. You’re asked to provide your Facebook account information.
Mail: The movie is added to a new message in Mac OS X Mail so you can easily email it to others. You can choose whether you want to send the movie at its actual size or at 480p.
Many of the services allow you to upload using the 'Make this Movie Personal' option which means it can only be viewed by your account once uploaded.
Choose Window > Show Export Progress if you want to be able to monitor the upload progress. This window will also have the link to your uploaded content on the service after it finishes and provides a 'Unpublish' option for most services if you decide you want to take down the content.
Last tip: While editing and viewing you and use your Magic Mouse or Trackpad to scrub through video
One finger swipe left and right on Magic mouse or 2 fingers on a Trackpad