Included with the latest version of iMovie is the iMovie Theatre, a new service that allows you to view all of the movies, trailers and clips you create in iMovie on any of your devices linked to Apple’s iCloud service.
iCloud makes it possible to access content that you have stored on servers in Apple's 'cloud'. Content can include contacts, calendars, photos, music, books, apps and now iMovies. You log on using your normal Apple ID.
If you have an iCloud account, movies sent to the iMovie Theatre will automatically appear on all of your iCloud-connected devices, including other computers, iOS devices like the iPhone, iPad and the Apple TV.
How to send your iMovies to iCloud Theatre from your Mac
1. First you need to ensure that you are connected to iCloud
2. Open System Preferences and click iCloud
3. Sign into iCloud if you’re not already and select Documents & Data
4. Click the Options button next to Documents & Data
5. Make sure the iMovie checkbox is checked
6. In iMovie, choose iMovie > Preferences
7. Check the “Automatically upload content to iCloud” checkbox.
8. Once you have an iMovie to upload to iCloud Theatre, click Share > Theatre
9. Be aware that movies, trailers and clips uploaded to iCloud can’t be longer than 15 minutes.
10. Now your iMovie will upload to iCloud.
11. Apple says your iMovies will automatically be uploaded to the iMovie Theatre when you export your movie as a QuickTime file, send it to iTunes, or publish it to online sharing websites. You will need to select Add to Theatre option when you render the video though.
How to send your iMovies to iCloud Theatre from your iPad or iPhone
1. You'll need to use the latest version of iMovie for iPhone or iPad to share your movies to iCloud Theatre. It costs £2.99 or is a free update if you already own the original iOS app.
2. Once you have edited your iMovie tap the video clip or project you want to share.
3. Now tap the Share button and tap iMovie Theatre.
4. Enter a name for the shared video.
5. Now the movie will export to iMovie Theatre.
6. The iMovie will appear in iMovie Theatre on all your iCloud linked devices. It took about 30 seconds for the iPhone iMovie to upload on our Mac.
7. Unlike with Photo Stream which allows you to share your photos with friends, iCloud Theatre can only be shared with other devices connected to your iCloud.
How to view iMovie Theatre on your devices
1. If you wish to view the movie on your iPhone or iPad you will need the latest version of iMovie for iPhone or iPad.
2. In iMovie for iPhone or iPad tap the Theatre icon at the top of the screen to view the iMovies you have stored in iCloud.
3. To view iMovie Theatre on an Apple TV choose iMovie Theatre from the main menu.
How to delete a movie from iCloud Theatre
If you change your mind and want to delete a movie from iCloud Theatre select it and tap the Delete key. Then Delete from iCloud (unless you want to never see it again, then you can Delete from Everywhere).
Not enough space in iCloud
It’s worth noting that you only get 5GB of space in iCloud for free. Unlike your photos, which take up no space in iCloud (although you are limited to 1,000 at a time) iCloud Theatre uses up your allocated space.
If you run out of space in iCloud, Apple will alert you via an icon that appears in the top-right corner of the movie indicating you can’t upload new movies.
You automatically get 5GB of iCloud storage for free. If you need more, you’ll need to consider purchasing additional storage space. It is £14 a year for 15GB, £28 a year for 25GB or £70 a year for 55GB. Once you have adequate storage space, your movies will automatically reappear in iCloud.
If you prefer not to use iCloud Theater, uncheck the “Automatically upload content to iCloud” checkbox in your iMovie preferences.
If you log out of iCloud on a device, the videos tied to your iCloud will disappear. They’ll automatically reappear as soon as you sign back in. Your iCloud movies are all private. They’re tied to your iCloud account and can’t be viewed by anyone who doesn’t have access to your account.
Read our review of iMovie for iPhone and iPad.
Read our review of iMovie for Mac.