Tutorial : cheater loops

A motion graphics clip is said to loop when there is seamless motion between the clips if they are played side by side in the timeline. Looping clips are useful because you can have infinite, smooth motion to use as a background for titles or for those moments when you just want to space out on something. The majority of our clips loop, so you can use them as a background no matter how long your video segment lasts. There are also a number of our clips that do not officially loop but come pretty close when you apply what we call the cheater loop to them. The cheater loop is accomplished by simply placing a cross dissolve transition between two instances of the same shinyDV video clip. Below is a list of clips that work well as cheater loops and how long to make the cross dissolve between them.

video name cross dissolve video name cross dissolve
buegid 1 second pimento 2 seconds
flying fractals 15 frames Julia 15 frames
pastel kaleida 1 second tie dye 1 second
tie dye2 1 second blue glow 1 second
blue squishy 2 seconds clouds of neptune 2 seconds
electric spicule 1 second fire spiral 1 second
homer hair 2 seconds synapse 1 second
neo smolder 1 second    

For more information follow along on the tutorial below and you will be cheating yourself into perpetual motion in no time at all!


step 1 - Get Your Clip  

Open your iMovie project and import your shinyDV background that you want to loop. For our example we chose Synapse.

After importing drag the clip to the timeline.

step 2 - Copy and Paste  

Make sure that your clip in the timeline is selected, click on it if it is not (the clip is a blue color if it is selected)

Add another instance of this clip to the timeline by by copying it and pasting it after the first clip in the timeline.

Go to the menu and select Edit>Copy (if you want to impress the ladies use the key combo command-C).

Immediately after copying the clip go back to the menu and select Edit>Paste (or command-V). This will place another copy of the Synapse clip after the first one that you placed in the timeline.