Get started in iMovie for Mac OS X

iMovie has been designed to make the editing process as simple and intuitive as possible. Here we check out the basics.

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Before you can do anything, you’ll need some footage.

You can take clips from your iPhoto or Aperture libraries by clicking on the appropriate titles in the sidebar, or import them from an iPhone, iPad or other video recording device.

You can also use any video clip stored on your Mac by either importing them or dragging them from the Finder.

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Before you can do anything, you’ll need some footage.

You can take clips from your iPhoto or Aperture libraries by clicking on the appropriate titles in the sidebar, or import them from an iPhone, iPad or other video recording device.

You can also use any video clip stored on your Mac by either importing them or dragging them from the Finder.

Read:

iMovie versus other low cost (or free) Mac video editors

Apple iMovie 10 versus Adobe Premiere Elements 12 comparative review

Apple iMovie for iPad, iPhone v2 review

Apple iMovie for Mac version 10 review

 

Step 2 of 10:

To create a project, click on the large ‘+’ button along the top.

You’ll be offered two options – Movie and Trailer. Select the former and a window will open – double-click ‘No Theme’.

A drop-down window will ask you to name your project.

 

Step 3 of 10:

The pull-down menu beneath the title is important – you need to attach your Project to an Event.

Click on the drop?down menu, select an Event and click on OK.

 

Step 4 of 10:

The Event will open in the top-left section of the interface and your currently empty Project will take over the lower portion of the window.

You can revert to the previous iMovie look – Window > Swap Project and Event – but having the Project at the bottom will give you more space to work in.

 

Step 5 of 10:

Scroll up and down your Event’s clips to view them all.

The more thumbnails you see, the longer that clip is. To change how often thumbnails are generated, click on the filmstrip button and use the sliders to change their size and appearance.

In order to preview your clips, move the cursor slowly over the thumbnails – don’t click or drag, just move the cursor along.

 

Step 6 of 10:

Once you’ve found the section you’d like to use, click on the clip where the action starts. This sets a line with a ‘+’ button. Click on this to add four seconds from that point onwards to your project.

Alternatively, click and drag on a clip in the Event to manually select a specific portion, which you can resize.

Next, click on the ‘+’ again to add the clip to the end of your project.

 

Step 7 of 10:

This might give you the impression that you must add your clips in the sequence you’ll be presenting them, but that isn’t the case.

Instead of clicking on the ‘+’ button, once a section is highlighted, drag it into your project in between two clips.

Any clip to the right will move to make way for this new addition. You you can also put clips on top of others using this method.

 

Step 8 of 10:

To reorder clips, zoom out to get an overview of your Project – drag the slider that’s located top right of the project section, to the left. To move your clips, click one and drag it. As you do, the other clips will move to make room for it.

A blue vertical line will appear at the end of a clip, which shows you where the clip you’re dragging will end up.

 

Step 9 of 10:

Selecting part of a clip in the Event window can be a rough affair – you might, for example, have cut out the end of the action. This doesn’t mean you have to go back to the Event and select it all over again, though – you can do this from the timeline.

Move the cursor to the edge of your clip to change it to a resize tool. You can then click and drag to add or remove frames.

 

Step 10 of 10:

If you’re not comfortable using a timeline there is an alternative – you can edit a film from left to right and top to bottom. In order to reveal this option, add a few more clips to your project, then go to View > Wrapping Timeline.

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

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

10 tips for iMovie for Mac

Make an iMovie in 10 minutes

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

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