All Hail King Leo


For the Highlight Reels assignment, I created the video above. It consists of some skills by the Argentinian Lionel Messi who plays for the club team FC Barcelona.

Behind the Creation

I am a huge soccer fan, or football whatever. I do not care what the hell you call it, you’re talking about the same damn sport. Anyway, I have been a fan of soccer for many years now and also play soccer whenever I can. I loved making this video and could honestly just keep putting my favorite clips of him from over the years but then this video would end up being over 20 minutes or something. I picked some epic and dramatic music for the back track because I think it compliments Messi’s status in soccer as being the greatest in history. At the end, I decided to not have any music and just let the emotions of the crowd be the “music” you listen to. I loved the clip at the end because it is just raw footage from the stands and it immerses you in the experience and it gives you the closest feeling to actually being there in the stadium. Also a quick side note for those non-soccer fans, getting past someone by going between their legs (a.k.a. a nutmeg) is extremely embarrassing for the player who it happens to.

The Process

I used iMovie to put together this compilation which is a free movie editing software that comes with a Mac. It is very intuitive and simple to use.

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After opening the iMovie software, I went to “File” and selected “New Movie” to start a new movie project.


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The project editor is now created for you. To import my clips, I went under the “Libraries” section in the left bar. I right-clicked on where is says “iMovie Library” and selected “Import Media”.


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After finding where I saved the clips on my computer, I clicked the blue “Import Media” button in the bottom right to import the clips from the folder where I put them.


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The clips that I can now use to create my video now show up under the “My Media” tab located above.


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I can now click at a certain point in a clip, then I can drag my mouse up to the part that I want to add into my movie.


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The selection I made gets highlighted in a yellow box


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I then pressed the little box with the plus sign to add the section of the clip into my movie. A little tool tip also show up when I hover my mouse over the box to inform me of what clicking the box does.


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After clicking the plus button, the clip section now shows up in my movie timeline below. I followed the same steps of making selections from the clips above and adding them to my main movie timeline to put all the clips together.


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To add transitions into my video, I went to the “Transitions” tab above which brings up a list of transitions I can pick from. I selected the one I wanted and simply dragged it to the part I wanted it in. A tool tip also shows up when hovering the mouse over it to inform you of how to add the transition.


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I put the transition at the end of the video and I can double click on the box to adjust how long I wanted the transition to last for.


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To add the titles, I went to the “Title” tab above. This brings up a list of titles I can select from. Same as with the transitions, I simply dragged the transition I wanted to the place where I wanted it in my main movie timeline.


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The title now shows up as a purple box in my main movie timeline to where I dragged it to.


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Since you can only add transitions and title between separate clips, I right-clicked at the place in my movie timeline where I wanted to split the clip so I could add a title in between. This brought up a little menu from where I selected “Split Clip” to but a split in the clip.


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The clip is now split and you can see that the editor puts a gap in between the clip. I was now able to add any title or transition I wanted to put.


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To edit the text on the title sections, I simply double clicked in the preview window on the text. I can now edit the text straight from there to whatever I wanted. There are also font editing options available above to make other changes that you want to make.


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I then muted the audio on the first clip. You can see that I select the first clip in the main movie timeline since it is highlighted with a yellow box.


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Here is a zoomed in view of the box. To change the audio volume on this clip, I simply dragged the horizontal yellow line above the sound waved on the bottom of the box. You can drag this line up or down to increase or decrease the volume respectively. I dragged it all the way down to 0 to mute the audio. I did so for all of the clips in my main movie timeline.


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To import my own audio track. I opened a folder window where I had the audio file. I was then able to drag the audio file from the folder window to the bottom of my movie timeline.


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The green bar representing the audio I dragged in is now displayed under my main movie timeline.


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To shorten the audio, I was able to simple drag the end of the green box to the left to make it shorter.


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I then dragged it to where I wanted it to end. Then to save the video into a .mp4 file, I went to “File” then selected “Share’ from which a menu appeared. From this menu I selected “File” to export the project into a video file that I could share.


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A window appears from where I could make some final tweaks before I export the project, I decided to keep everything as it was. I then clicked the “Next” button in the bottom left.


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The video begins to export, after it was complete I get a notification from my Mac that the export has finished and it is ready to share.

One thought on “All Hail King Leo

  1. This was really good Hasan! I like how the music switched off at the 1:27 mark- that was an interesting dramatic effect. Oh, and thanks so much for the well documented tutorial. I have to do a lot of video editing tomorrow in iMovie which I’m not familiar with, so I’ll definitely be using this. Yay!

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