Month: August 2014

Eating Fruit


Eating Fruit

Tight, pink and wild, they sway to a gentle movement
stretched over a bed large enough to satisfy anyone.
Only the gentle sound of sighs broke through the silence of the morning,
as an accompaniment to the soft sound of the amber flesh
used to arouse and awaken.

Oh, to taste from tip to toe.
Of knowing when to start,
to sharing what you know.

Fruit always tastes sweeter in the glimmer of first light.
When hands, fingers, mouths are slow and bodies are tight.
To taste the flesh with the tip of a tongue,
To open and reveal,
To caress, to excite, a simple touch of delight.


Beach – film in a single day


Occasionally I like to set myself the task of making a short film in a day, using footage from one shoot. The limitations on how much I can shoot are the length of time the battery lasts and the amount of space I have on the iPad.

I have camera but I like the limitations mentioned above that force me to come up with succinct idea which doesn’t become major epic or a film which is going to take a few weeks to finish.

The music is a track I completed the other week, so for the purists, that is not something I did on the same day as the shoot.

Beach –  final edit.

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Moving External Video/Music into iMovie on an iPad


At times you will have video or music files which you have not shot/recorded on your iPad. How do you get that material into iMovie on your tablet? E-mail.

Above you can see that I have e-mailed to myself an MP3 Music track called Rock Factory.

TAP on it

You then get asked how you want to open the music track.


Select ‘open in iMovie’

You then get asked by iPad to select which Project or Create New Movie to insert your music.


I selected ‘Drama Edit’ and the track is loaded straight into the timeline.


Regardless of the running time of your movie the music will always be dropped into the timeline at the start of your film.

You may not want your music at the start so you need to use the ‘fix’ I created in the previous lesson under the heading: “Using Music Track as Spacing”. That will show show you how to add ‘spacing’ to your audio track.

However if you are wanting to start your movie with music then the job is done.

USB Memory Stick

Another way to get your external media files into iMovie on your iPad is to use a USB memory stick.


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Grab a sample here:

How to Edit Video on an iPad – sound mix









This lesson deals with what film editors used to call track laying: which translated means the editing and mixing of two or more different audio tracks in order to create an enriched soundtrack to your film.

Whether that be a feature film, short film, wedding video or a film about your dog, all of them will benefit from a soundtrack which has different elements.

Elements? Sounds like: dialogue, car doors opening and closing, rain, wind, music etc etc

Even a modest short film or home movie can benefit from the use of at least one music track. Though be careful of using copyrighted material. Some artists will let you use their tracks providing you give them a credit plus a link to their iTunes site; one artist has gone further, Moby offers a free license to use his music. Moby was the first one that I know to create a site where you can download his music and obtain a license for free. You will find a link to Moby’s site at the bottom of this post.

The iPad seems to come with a limit of two audio tracks but you shouldn’t let that hold you back. Though the iPad does have a gremlin in the way it works with audio tracks but I have found and easy way to get around that.

I am using a few clips from a short film I made about an English painter, Andrew Dixon. I interviewed him then later in the day I filmed Andrew painting by a canal. In this example I will show you how to have an opening shot with music; then as we cut into Andrew painting I add a voice over and finally cut to him in sync. Notice how I start with music then fade it down as I get into the painting sequence. Then as the interview ends I fade up the music to end the piece.

Let’s get started.

First here the cut sequence:










Looking at the image above you can see the shots in the top of the timeline. Then come the two audio tracks.


The top BLUE track is sync effects: Andrew walking through the grass, sound of him painting and his sync interview.

The bottom GREEN track contains the music, a track called ROCK FACTORY.

iPad Gremlin

Unfortunately the iPad throws in an automatic slight fade down when the shot of Andrew walking through the field cuts in. I would have preferred to have my music kept higher at the start then have a longer fade out under his painting.

Using Music Track as Spacing

As you can see the music track appears to be in three pieces even though you only hear it at the front of the film and at the end. This is because iPad would not allow me to have a section of music at the front followed by a space before the end piece of music came in.

The way I found around this was to insert a section of the music again. I made this second section last until the place in the film where I needed to hear the music again. I then dropped in the music again for the third section which is the music you hear at the end. Then I dropped the audio level down to zero for the middle section.

I have used the middle section of the music track purely to space out the section 1 of the music and section 2, so that the end piece only comes in where I want it to.

How to create a fade up or down

You TAP on the section of the audio track that you want to fade in or out. Below you can see I have highlighted section 1 of the music.



Once you have TAPPED on the section you will see TWO YELLOW ARROWS appear.






You then slide one of the arrows depending on whether you want a FADE UP or a FADE DOWN.

You will also see that a SLIDER has appeared below the track. This enables you to control the audio level. When you have music playing under someone talking you will need to control the audio level so as to not drown out your interviewee with music.

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Many thanks to Andrew Dixon for use of his interiew.

Here is Andrew’s site:

Here is Moby’s site:

Here is the sequence again.

How to Edit Video on an iPad – index





Part One – getting started –

Part Two – dissolves and cuts

Part Three – assembly edit –

Part Four – slow motion –

Part Five – sounds mixes –

Arriving soon … Part Six: Cuts, dissolves, wipes

Directing drama, overlapping action, music montage, adding sound effects and more.


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