iMovie is a video editing software application that comes preinstalled for the Mac and iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini and iPod Touch).  Unlike Wevideo, it doesn’t require you to create an account before using.
Start Video Editing Dashboard
  1. Create a movie, select the “+” (plus) sign on the top menu and set whether you want to create a movie (from scratch) or use one of the theme templates available on iMovie
    imovie_create movie
  2. A theme template will includes an opening title, end title and a transition between each clip to give your movie a professional look.
  3. You will notice there is an “import” button next to the “new” button. Click the “import” button to import image, audio and video into iMovie. You will need some files to get you started
  4. Event acts like a folder and helps to group movies and trailers for ease of retrieval. The default naming of event folder is by the year of creation

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Creating and editing a video
  1. Here’s what the dashboard of iMovie looks like:-
    imovie dashboard 1
  2. You can create or edit a video by selecting and dragging the different media files (videos, audio, images) into the timeline section below and set them in order as to how you want them to appear. Default content templates like Transitions, Titles, Maps and backgrounds, audio files provided by iMovie are available at the left bottom section under “content library
  3. Media can also be overlapped to combine them in the same screen. Please make the image background transparent if you wish to have the image overlay on top of a video without covering the video completely like :-
    imovie_green screen 2
  4. iMovie allows you to edit the whole video or to edit the individual media file. To edit the video, go the preview panel, and select the available options from the menu bar above it. A quick and easy way is to select “enhance” and let iMovie auto-improve your movie
    imovie enhance
  5. For more options and specific customisations, use the options below:-
    imovie edit media 2
  6. It has options like:-
    • Color balance
    • Color correction
    • Cropping is useful when you want to remove parts of a video or image or to adjust them to fix the final video’s aspect ratio. Please note that you are cropping the video frame for that particular section and not the whole video.
      imovie crop
      Select “crop“, then move and resize the frame according to your requirement. To apply the change, click the Apply button imovie_applybutton to the right of the cropping controls. To remove the change, click the Reset
    • Another interesting effect is the “Ken Burns” which is useful when you want to create zoom in a particular video frame
      imovie kenburns
    • You will see two different frames (1) Start (2) End. Use the “+” sign to adjust where you want the zooming to end.
    • Stabilization helps to stabilise shaky video. Move the slider up or down to adjust the amount of stabilisation needed. This option is only available if the video was “detected” shaky in iMovie
    • Volume adjust the audio volume of your video. It allows you to varies the different audio clips if you have more than 1 in the particular section. This is useful when you want to keep music and audio files at the same frame
    • Noise reduction and equalizer allows you to reduce background noise
    • Speed
    • Video and audio effects provides many default settings for you to apply to a particular frame
    • Clip information

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Editing media files
  1. To edit the individual media files or content, select the clip as it appears on the timeline and right-click. This will show the edit menu
    imovie edit media1
  2. Different media will allow different options. Here are some of the highlighted features:-
    • Split Clip allows you to split a clip into 2. In the timeline, select the clip you want to split and position the playhead (white line) to here the split should be
      imovie split clip
    • Add Freeze Frame lets you extract a moment in a video and make it to a still image. To do it, select the clip and position the playhead over the frame you want to freeze, and then right click to choose Add Freeze Frame. A 4-second freeze-frame clip is inserted at the playhead. You can drag it to a new location in the project and change its duration.
    • Detach Audio helps you to split the sound from the video. This is useful for further manipulation of the sound captured in the video or for replacing of the sound. When you detached an audio from a clip, the detached audio will displayed directly below your inserted media.
      imovie timline
    • Clip Trimmer allows you to add more frames to a clip, or remove unwanted frames from a clip. Using the clip trimmer, you can see how much of your clip is being used, as well as how much is unused.imovie clip trimmer
  3. To further enhance your video, you can add “Opening Title” or “Closing Title” or “caption” by selecting “Titles” from the content library by dragging your desired template onto the timeline, this is the same also for “transitions“, “maps and backgrounds“, “Sound effects“, etc. It will be auto-stacked over the timeline according to where you place it and the content format

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Publishing your video
  1. Select the sharing button above the previewed video to publish your video
    imovie publish
  2. iMovie allows you to publish directly to a number of social media sharing sites, you just need to have accounts with the relevant channels in order to do so
  3. Select the desired channel and criteria settings and then click “Publish”
  4. Refer to apple support for details on publishing to the different channels

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Exporting your Video
  1. From the menu bar, select File > Share > File…
  2. You will be prompted to set the format, resolution and quality of your video
  3. Refer to apple support for details

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