iMovie is a great video editing software from Apple for Mac and iOS devices. Video making and editing tasks are called a Project on iMovie or iMovie Project. This article should provide a useful guide on how to carry out this project without stress.
If you’re new to editing video with iMovie, start by gathering all the necessary elements in one place—your Mac. This means you should have the video you want to work within the Mac’s Photos app already. Do this by connecting your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or camcorder to the Mac to automatically import the video to the Photos app. Any pictures or sound you plan to use when making your movie should also already be on the Mac, either in the Photos app for pictures or in iTunes for sound. If iMovie isn’t already on your computer, it is available as a free download from the Mac App Store.
Next is to Open, Name, and Save a New iMovie Project
Before you get started editing, you need to open, name, and save your project:
- Firstly, open iMovie.
- Secondly, click the Projects tab at the top of the screen.
- Thirdly, click the Create New button on the screen that opens.
- Fourthly, select Movie in the drop-down menu to combine video, images, and music in your own movie. The app switches to the project screen and assigns your movie a generic name such as “My Movie 1.”
- Click the Projects button in the top left corner of the screen and enter a name for your movie to replace the generic name.
- Click OK to save the project.
- Anytime you want to work on your project, just click the Projects button at the top of the screen and double-click the movie from the saved projects to open it in the media screen for editing.
How To Import Video to iMovie
- To locate the video footage you want, click Photos Library in the left panel and choose the My Media tab. In the drop-down menu at the top of the screen under My Media, select Albums.
- Click the Videos album to open it.
- Scroll through the videos and select the one you want to include in your movie. Drag and drop the clip to the work area directly below it called the timeline.
- To include another video, drag and drop it behind the first one on the timeline.
How To Import Photos Into iMovie
When you already have your digital photos stored in Photos on your Mac. it’s easy to import them to your iMovie project.
- In iMovie, click Photos Library in the left panel and choose the My Media tab.
- In the drop-down menu at the top of the screen under My Media, select My Albums or one of the other selections such as People, Places, or Shared to see thumbnails of those albums in iMovie.
- Click any album to open it.
- Browse through the pictures in the album and drag the one you want to use to the timeline. Place it anywhere you want it to appear in the movie.
- Drag any additional photos to the timeline.
How To Add Audio to Your iMovie
Although you don’t have to add music to your video, music sets a mood and adds a professional touch. IMovie makes it easy to access music that is already stored in iTunes on your computer.
- Click on the Audio tab at the top of the screen next to the My Media tab.
- Select iTunes in the left panel to display the music in your music library.
- Scroll through the list of tunes. To preview one, click on it and then click the play button that appears next to it.
- Click the song that you want and drag it to your timeline. It appears underneath the video and photo clips. If it runs longer than your movie, you can trim it by clicking the audio track on the timeline and dragging the right edge to match the end of the clips above it.
View Your Video
Now you placed every necessary part on your timeline. Move your cursor over the clips in the timeline and see a vertical line that indicates your position. Position the verticle line at the beginning of your first video clip on the timeline. You’ll see the first frame enlarged in the large editing section of the screen. Click the play button under the large image for a preview of the movie you have so far, complete with music.
You can stop now if you’re satisfied with what you’ve created, or you can add effects to liven up your video footage.
How To Add Effects To Your Movie
To add a voiceover, click the microphone icon at the bottom left corner of the movie preview screen and start talking.
Use the effects buttons that run across the top of the movie preview screen to:
- Adjust color, skin tones, or white balance
- Change the saturation or temperature of the color
- Crop a photo or apply a Ken Burns effect
- Stabilize shaky video
- Adjust the sound volume
- Reduce background noise
- Change the speed of the video or run it in reverse
- Choose from a large selection of clip and audio effects
Your project is saved as you work. When you are satisfied, go to the Projects tab. Click the icon for your movie project and select Theatre from the drop-down menu that is under your movie icon. Wait while the application renders your movie. Click the Theatre tab at the top of the screen at any time to watch your movie in full-screen mode.