Below you will find the step by step process I used to create my Summary of Learning Mario Video:
Initially it was a bit of an uphill battle to achieve my goal of inserting myself into a video game, but I'm quite happy with the end product! I began the process by finding an existing video on Youtube of someone playing a level on Super Mario. I then copied the URL and pasted it in KeepVid so I could download a copy of the video. Once I had the video, I imported it into iMovie 11 and created a new project. In order to break the video down into thousands of images I then shared the project with Quicktime and changed the Export Setting to "Movie to Image Sequence" which then converted the entire video into thousands of images.
Once I had all the individual frames from the video, I began opening them up one by one in Adobe Photoshop CS5 and inserted myself and other images into them. Once I finished each image I re-saved it as a Jpeg and placed them in a new folder. (In total I Photoshopped 1395 images)
After I completed Photoshopping all the images, I then created a New Project in iMovie and imported all the images into the project and changed the length of each image to .1s. Then I exported this as a regular Quicktime movie. However, the frames still weren't progressing fast enough so I imported the finished movie back into iMovie and sped it up 400% to get the appropriate transition for each frame. As for the real life portion at the beginning of the video, I used the Camera from my iPhone to film and iMovie 11 to edit the video. I also used the audio from the original video that I downloaded from KeepVid by detaching the audio in iMovie. The final step was adjusting the audio clip so it would gel with my end product.