10 iMovie tips

Apple iMovie for Mac is an incredible program that turns iPhone recorded video footage into stunning movies. Here are our 10 best tips for getting the most out of iMovie.

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  • 1 Import from iPhone Import from iPhone
  • 2 Stabilization Stabilize shaky video
  • 3 Magic Trackpad Hand Magic Trackpad
  • 4 Swap Project and Event Swap Project and Event
  • 5 Increase Clip Size Increase Clip Size
  • 6 Instant Replay Create Instant Replay
  • 7 Precision Clip Trimmer Precision Clip Editor
  • 8 Facebook Edit Facebook
  • 9 Audio Effects Audio Effects
  • 10 Sports Team Sports Team
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Import video straight from your iPhone

Most people still use iMovie’s integration with iPhoto, but you can import video directly from your iPhone (or other camera) directly into iMovie.

Click Import and select your camera from the Cameras section.

You can rename the event and click Import All to get your video. You can also change Videos to Photos or All Clips to get all your footage.

Read next: Best free & cheap Mac video editing software

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Next Prev 1 Import from iPhone

Most people still use iMovie’s integration with iPhoto, but you can import video directly from your iPhone (or other camera) directly into iMovie.

Click Import and select your camera from the Cameras section.

You can rename the event and click Import All to get your video. You can also change Videos to Photos or All Clips to get all your footage.

Read next: Best free & cheap Mac video editing software

 

Use the Stabilization effect on shaky video

One of the first things you might want to do is fix any wobbly footage.

Add a clip to the Timeline and click on Adjust > Stabilize > Stabilize Shaky Footage.

The level is set at 30 per cent by default, but you can increase it for more wonky footage.

 

Use Magic Trackpad multi touch gestures

If you are using a MacBook or a Mac with a Magic Trackpad you should learn multi-touch gestures when using iMovie.

Swipe three fingers up to insert video into a project, pinch and zoom to expand filmstrips and use three fingers to re-arrange video clips in a project.

 

Swap Project and Event positions for a more pro look

A neat feature called Swap Project and Event (found under the Window menu) changes the layout of iMovie.

It places the Project at the top and all the Event footage at the bottom; we prefer it this way around.

 

Increase the clip size for finer editing

Increasing the clip size in the Project viewer makes it much easier to fine-tune video clips.

Click on the Clip Size icon and drag the Clip Size icon to the right.

 

Create an Instant Replay for good action shots

You can create an instant replay by selecting a shot and choosing Modify > Instant Replay and then choosing a speed (either 100, 50, 25 or 10 per cent).

The Instant Replay option adds a second version of the clip at the new speed with an Instant Replay graphic.

 

Learn to use the Precision Clip Editor

The Precision Clip Editor can be used to fine-tune clips.

If you’re looking to get an exact cut on a clip, press Command + / to open the Precision Editor above the clip.

 

Make a photo out of Facebook photographs

You can use Facebook photographs directly inside iMovie. You need to have Facebook set up in iPhoto first.

Open iPhoto and click on iPhoto > Preferences > Accounts > Facebook.

Check that Facebook is enabled.

Now in iMovie click on iPhoto Library and change Events to Facebook.

Lo and behold: Facebook photos are ready to include in a video.

 

Add audio effects to your movie

You can boost a movie by adding subtle audio effects to the background.

Click on Sound Effects in the Content Library to view a huge selection of audio that comes with iMovie.

 

Using the Sports Team editor

If you are using the Sports Team theme video be sure to check out the Sports Team Editor. Found under Window > Sports Team Editor you can get a menu for your team.

You can add Teams, Players for each team, a Team Logo and Player Photos.

These can then be used for imposing player and team information over a video clip of your game.

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You can read more iMovie tutorials over at our iMovie Topic Zone, plus:

10 tips for iMovie for Mac

How to use Maps and Backgrounds in iMovie for Mac

Edit a movie using the Precision Editor in iMovie for OS X

How to use effects in iMovie for OS X

Add titles to your home movies using iMovie for Mac OS X

Get started in iMovie for Mac OS X

How to view your iMovie Theatre clips, trailers and movies on any device using iCloud

Make an iMovie in 10 minutes

 

 

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