iMovie Tutorial

iMovie LogoiMovie 10 is a video editing tool created by Apple for OS X and it gives users the ability to edit and makes movies as well as to publish them onto the internet.  It can be purchased from the Apple App Store for $14.99 or can be used at certain University Computer Labs, such as the Electronic Technology Center (ETC) Lab.  iMovie allows you to import and edit video clips from digital cameras and camcorders, as well as videos downloaded from the internet.  You can also import audio files and photos from your music and photo libraries.  iMovie can be used to combine clips from a variety of sources into a single video clip and iMovie can also be used to capture video from a digital camcorder.

For more information on iMovie, please visit Apple’s iMovie webpage.

See Lynda.com for an in-depth video tutorial on using iMovie 10.  Read more about how to access Lynda.com.

Startup

Open iMovie.

Once you have opened iMovie, you should be presented with the program window.
iMovie Opening Screen

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Importing Media

iMovie allows you to import photos, videos, and audio from a Mac or a connected external source.  If you have digital media, such as video files on a digital camera or SD card/memory stick, or downloaded videos from iTunes or any other internet service, you can browse for this digital content and import the new media into your event.

There are two ways to add media files to your new event:

Click File > Import Media.

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Select   iMovie Import Media Window

In the Import window, locate and select the video clips you want to add to your event and click Import Selected.
iMovie Import Media

Once you have added your video clip, the Viewer screen is located in the top half of the window.  You will see your video clips’ Filmstrip in the Timeline, located in the bottom half of the window.
iMovie Event

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Capturing From a Camera

There are two ways to capture video from any camera device:

Click FileImport Media.

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Select   iMovie Import Media Window

In the import screen, there is a tab on the left called “Cameras.”  Unless an external camera is attached, iMovie will use the built-in camera (called FaceTime Camera) in your Apple monitor or computer to record the video.
iMovie Camera Capture Highlighted
Click on the record button to begin recording your video.  When you have finished your recording, click the record button again.

The recorded clip will appear in your event.

When you have finished recording all of your videos, press the Close button to exit out of the recording screen.

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Editing Your Movie

The first thing you need to do is to add the clips in your event into a new movie:

  • Select File tab > New Movie to add your event to a new movie.
  • You will be asked to apply a theme for your new movie.  Once you have selected a theme, click Create.
  • You will be asked to name your new movie.
  • You will also be asked to select which event you want to use for your movie.  Choose the event that contains the clips you will use for your movie.

 

The Movie Window

Once you have created a new movie, you will see the imported clips in the browser:
iMovie interface with each component numbered

  1. The Library Sidebar lists all of your active movie projects and events.
  2. The Browser contains the imported clips from your event and it is also where the selections for a Content Library tool will appear.
  3. The Toolbar is used to edit your movie:
    iMovie Tools Labeled
  4. The Viewer screen allows you to preview effects and edits to your movie.
  5. You can play your video by clicking on the Play button.  Use the Previous button and Next button to go to the previous or next clip or click and hold the Previous or Next button to rewind or fast-forward.
  6. Use the zoom to zoom in and out of your clips.  You can also adjust the size of your Filmstrip’s thumbnails to appear larger or smaller in the Timeline.
    iMovie Clip View Options Labeled
  7. The Timeline is your work space and it is where you will edit and add to your movie.
  8. The white Playhead that slides across the clips’ Filmstrip will indicate where you are watching in the Viewer.  You can mouse over the Filmstrip to preview the exact frame in the Viewer without having to select it.
  9. The Content Library offers you tools to customize your movie.  Click on a tool to see available selections in the Browser.
    iMovie Content Library

Adding a Clip Segment to Your Movie Timeline

iMovie allows you to select a part of a clip, or range, that you can add to your movie.  Click and drag along the portion of a clip that you want to add.  You can adjust either end of the yellow border that appears around your range to fine-tune your selection.
iMovie Add the Selection to the Movie

Once you have selected a range, add it to your Timeline by clicking the “+” symbol, located in the bottom right-hand corner of the yellow border.
iMovie Add the Selection to the Movie Labeled

Transitions

Transitions offer you the ability to smoothly move between clips in your movie.  Click Transitions from the Content Library to open a selection of transitions in the Browser.  To preview a transition, slide your mouse across the transition option to preview it in the Viewer.
iMovie Transitions

To add a transition to your Timeline, click and drag the transition you have selected from the Browser and place it into the gap between two video clips.  A transition icon  Transitions icon  will appear in the space between the clips.
iMovie Transition in Movie

NOTE:  You will only be able to add transitions at the in between two video clips.  If you wish for a transition to appear within a clip, you must go back and import it as two separate clips.

 

Titles

iMovie offers a wide variety of ways to insert and display titles in your movie.  You can add title text to any clip in your movie and can customize its appearance.

NOTE:  Some title styles are only available in certain movie themes.

Click Titles from the Content Library to open a selection of titles in the Browser.  To preview a title, slide your mouse across the title option to preview it in the Viewer.  To add a title to your movie, click and drag the title you have selected from the Browser to the point where you want it to appear in your Timeline.
iMovie Titles

Maps & Backgrounds

iMovie includes a selection of animated maps and backgrounds that you can add to your movie.  Click Maps & Backgrounds from the Content Library to open a selection of maps and backgrounds in the Browser.  To preview a map or background, slide your mouse across the map or background option to preview it in the Viewer.  To add a map or background to your movie, click and drag the map or background that you have selected from the Browser to the point where you want it to appear in your Timeline.
iMoive Maps & Backgrounds

Adding Audio

There are three ways to add audio to your movie.  You can add audio from iTunes, Sound Effects, or GarageBand in Content Library.  Click on any of the three tools to open them in the Browser.  To add audio to your movie, click and drag the audio file that you have selected from the Browser to the point where you want it to appear in your Timeline.
iMovie iTunes

Example of a Customized Timeline

Here is an example of what your Timeline could look like if you have edited and customized your movie:
iMovie Timeline Labels

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Sharing Your Movie

Once you have finished editing your video clips and are ready to combine them into a single movie file, you can share your movie in two ways:

(1) Click File > Share (2) Click the Share button at the top of the screen
iMovie Share Tab iMovies Share in Screen

There are variety of ways to share your movie.  Once you have selected how you want to share your movie, you will have the option to provide a small description and to select the resolution and the quality of the movie.

iMovie Save Movie

Once you have finished, click Next and wait for the movie be shared and saved.  That’s it!  You have just made your movie and shared it!

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Watch the Example (0:14)

 

For additional help with iMovie, see iMovie Help from Apple.