Jeff CarlsonContributor, Macworld

Author and photographer Jeff Carlson is a columnist for the Seattle Times and a senior editor for TidBITS. He is the author of numerous books including The iPad for Photographers, Second Edition; The iPad & iPad mini Pocket Guide; and Photoshop Elements 11: Visual QuickStart Guide.

Import camera videos directly into iMovie '11

Instead of taking a trip through iPhoto, it is possible to import movies created with still cameras directly into iMovie '11.

gfxCardStatus 2.1

With gfxCardStatus, you can see when your dual-video-card-equipped MacBook Pro uses each GPU. You can even force the laptop to use integrated graphics when you're trying to conserve battery power.

Create a sports highlight in iMovie '11

iMovie's Sports theme gives you the tools to create your own sports video channel.

iMovie for iOS 1.2

iMovie for iOS 1.2 for the iPad makes movie editing tactile and engaging. While the app isn't perfect, it offers a surprising amount of flexibility. Jeff Carlson weighs in with this review.

Tips and tricks for iMovie transitions

Transitions can lend needed context to your videos. Jeff Carlson walks us through the basics of setting up transitions in iMovie '11.

Mastering iMovie trailers

iMovie trailers offer more than what appears on the surface, including a way to use the trailer as a starting point for a larger project. Jeff Carlson takes you through the steps.

How to rate photos in iPhoto

Don't waste time scrolling through thousands of thumbnails in iPhoto. Instead, quickly locate the best shots in your library by organizing them with star ratings.

iMovie '11

iMovie '11 has some standout features that show off its capabilities, like Movie Trailers, long-awaited sound editing, and One-Step Effects. But there are also plenty of other enhancements indicating that this release has depth and character, like the return of a traditional timeline in Single-Row View, a fix for rolling shutter artifacts, the People Finder feature, and more. Here's Jeff Carlson's review.

First look: iMovie '11

iMovie ’11 offers more than just flashy movie trailers to Mac video editors.

Editing tips and tricks for Apple's mobile iMovie app

Apple's iMovie app for iOS 4 is fairly easy to use, but it also carries expectations based on what iMovie for Mac (or really any video editor) can do. Being a mobile app, some capabilities aren’t available—or are they? Here are some tips for expanding the editing features of iMovie 1.1.

Premiere Elements 9

Although Adobe Premiere Elements has been refined over many iterations under Windows, this release marks its first appearance on the Mac. As a result, this “new” product isn’t starting off as a bare-bones editor. Here's our complete review.

Relocate your iMovie projects

Do you need to offload digital video from your main computer? Jeff Carlson gives you a simple way to relocate your iMovie files.

Six things you can do to make iMovie faster

While iMovie '09 is fairly speedy all on its own, you can still streamline your video editing process. Jeff Carlson takes us through the steps.

We've got the beat (markers)

Everybody get on your feet! Jeff Carlson shows you how to create your own music videos with iMovie.

Customize iMovie's titles

iMovie offers several pre-made designs for titles that overlap your video. All you have to do is select the title and edit its text to get a slick effect. But you can do a lot more to change the appearance of the text, from quickly applying different fonts and colors to tweaking the typography. Jeff Carlson walks us through it.