Video Editing on iPads using iMovie

iMovie is a free, easy to use video editing app available across all Apple products. With more technology geared towards education, and many schools adding classroom iPad carts, iMovie is a great way to create fun, engaging school projects on these iPads while also learning beginner video editing skills. I will be going through the ropes of the many features of iMovie.

Beginning a project.

  • After opening the app, hit the create new project box in the center of the screen.
  • From there, you can select whether you want to create a movie or trailer.
  • Finally, you can scroll through the different themes at the bottom, and hit create at the top right corner once you have found your theme.

Creating a movie.

  • iMovie directly connects the music, videos, and photos already on the device directly into the app, allowing for easy access to your library. To add any of these, simply click on either the video, photos, or audio tab on the right, scroll through your library, and click on the desired item to add it to the video.
  • Each audio, video, or audio you add to the movie will be added to a track at the bottom. Each item can be selected by clicking on them, and you can increase or decrease the length of each item by pulling the yellow lines on either side of the clip. Also when these clips are selected, options appear beneath the clip to add modifications like titles, color filters, and deleting the clip. These clips can be moved around by simply holding down on them and then dragging them to another location.
  • Images and audio can also be recorded right from inside the app using the microphone or camera buttons on the left.
  • Another simple addition to the movie is by adding transitions between each clip, which is done by clicking on the small bracket between clips, and then selecting a transition.
  • Also note that the video can be previewed at any time by clicking the triangle play button under the preview screen.
  • If you forget any of these options, iMovie has provides helpful descriptions of each option by just clicking the “?” at the top right corner. Next to this help button is a gear, where you can change general video settings like the theme.

Finishing up.

  • Once the movie is finished, or if you are at a stopping point, just hit the done button at the top right corner of the screen. Here you can change the title by clicking on the title and editing it.
  • At the bottom, there are three options. The play button is to simply preview what your video looks like fullscreen. The middle button with and arrow coming out of a box allows you to share this video over multiple programs, including email and youtube. The final trashcan button is to delete the video.
  • To exit the saving screen, hit the “X” at the top left corner, and you will be brought back to the homepage, where you can either select and edit a previously made movie, or make another one.
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