How to use video in iMovie on iPad and iPhone

Learn how to use the Video feature in iMovie for the iPad and iPhone

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If this is the first time you’ve launched iMovie, Video is the section selected by default. Any video clips stored on your device will appear here in chronological order. Your clips are also divided by the date they were taken, which can be helpful when navigating multiple videos.

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If this is the first time you’ve launched iMovie, Video is the section selected by default. Any video clips stored on your device will appear here in chronological order. Your clips are also divided by the date they were taken, which can be helpful when navigating multiple videos.

 

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Tap on the white triangle (shown at the top right in our screenshot, but it may appear at the bottom right depending on how you hold your device) to reveal various sort options. ‘Oldest First’ and ‘Newest First’ are self-explanatory, but you can also use these to jump to the top or bottom of your collection.

 

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Other sort options let you see ‘All’ or only your favourite clips. The latter can be useful if you shoot a lot of video. In order to set favourites in the first place, tap on a click to select it and a preview will appear just above its thumbnail strip. Tap the Heart icon to set that clip as a favourite.

 

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There’s no use selecting an entire three-minute clip if only 10 seconds of it is interesting, so the ability to favourite only a specific section can be useful. The selected clip is surrounded by a yellow border. Drag the border edges over a portion of the video, then tap the Heart icon to favourite only that section.

 

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Once you’ve favourited a section you can move the yellow selection handles to another location on the same clip and favourite that bit, too. Any footage marked as a favourite will be displayed with a green line across it. Tap on the white triangle and select ‘Favourites’ to see only those clips.

 

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To play a clip in real time you simply tap on the preview image’s Play button. Tapping on the preview image while the clip is playing pauses playback. You can also scrub through your footage by dragging the thin white vertical line, which represents the playhead, that moves along your thumbnail strip.

 

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Another way to preview your clips is using the tortoise and hare icons to the left of the preview image (these will be visible only in landscape mode on an iPhone). Use these icons to slow down or speed up playback. This adjustment is for preview purposes only and isn’t applied to the exported clip.

 

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iMovie’s video section lets you preview a clip prior to adding it to a project. Once you’ve selected a section, tap on the Share icon and select ‘Create Movie’. You’ll be prompted to create a new film or add your selection to an existing project. With the latter, this clip will be added after the playhead.

 

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The Video section allows you to bypass the movie-creation process and lets you share complete or parts of clips to video-hosting sites. Tap the Share button to find options to upload to Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo and CNN iReport. Then simply add a title and a description and you’re good to go.

 

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iMovie Theatre is a new option in this sharing menu. This allows you to save your clip to iCloud, where it will be synched with all your Apple devices. Once transferred, select the clip on the new device, then tap the Share icon and choose ‘Save Video’ to save it to the Camera Roll.

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