Apple’s iMovie is a remarkable application featuring high quality video capturing and editing. Without installing any third-party apps, iMovie allows you to create your own work of art and share it with friends and family via the various social networking sites, MMS or Bluetooth connection. Download iMovie ($4.99) from iTunes, follow the instructions below, add sound and voice clips, effects, text and convert your movie to the format you want. With a little practice, you will be able to edit your movies like a pro!
1. Insert Media
Transfer movie clips from your video camera or pc by clicking on the ‘File’ menu of iMovie. The app detects the available clips and allows you to choose the ones you wish to import. Just keep in mind that transferring time may vary depending on the volume and quality of your videos. Moreover, iMovie recognizes only MP4 video format thus you may have to convert your files before transferring them to your phone. There are numerous sites offering free download conversion programs.
iMovie is an easy app to use. Once all the movie clips are imported to your phone, iMovie will automatically create thumbnails sorting them out at the bottom of the main menu. Choose a clip simply by tapping it. For a quick view of a movie, slide your finger in the desirable speed over the timeline. To gain access to the clip’s menu, drag your finger along the movie’s pins.
3. Function Buttons
There are 4 onscreen buttons that are mostly used to edit your videos. Specifically:
– Projects View: located on the top left corner, the Projects View button allows you instant access to your current projects.
– Play/Pause: located on the top right corner, the Play/Pause button gives you full control to play or freeze your clip.
– Media Library: located on the bottom left corner, the Media Library button adds video, audio and photo files to your project.
– Camera: if you do not already have a video captured or simply wish to add another one, the Camera button on the bottom right corner allows shooting HD videos and instant addition to the iMovie Library.
Choose the movie you wish to edit and click on the “Tap + to start a new project” option. Then, you will be prompted to select a theme choosing from 5 different options such as, Bright, Modern, News, Playful and Travel. If you are not satisfied with the theme you have chosen, you can change it anytime by tapping on the ‘Settings’ menu. Themes have preinstalled audio files. If you wish to add your own, click on the Media Library button. Make sure you have audio set to ‘On’ to be enable audio integration.
Mark all the clips and photos you wish to add to your project and drag-and-drop them to the Timeline. Once you are done, sort them out by placing them on the order you wish them to appear. If you wish to delete a file, then drag-and-drop it outside the Timeline. Think of the Timeline as your desktop; all files added there will be used to your final project.
Transitions are vital adding stability and continuity between the various files you have chosen for your project. To choose one, click on the ‘Transition’ tab found between files. Then you will be prompted to choose the appropriate settings for it including duration, cross dissolve and theme options.
7. Edit Photos
You may want to crop your photos for better results; to do so, click on the desired file and then on the ‘Crop’ button. A preview window will open up on your right-hand corner where you can easily crop your photo.
You can also zoom it in and out or even reduce its duration shown to your project by reducing the yellow marker on one side of the photo.
8. Edit Videos
You can also edit your movie clips before completing your project. To do so, double tap on the clip you wish to edit and a settings window will pop up. There you can add a title for it, a location and turn sound on or off.
For additional settings, click on the ‘Video Adjust’ button and fine-tune the video’s saturation, exposure and white and black intensity.
9. Music and Sound Effects
The ‘Music and Sound Effects’ buttons allows you to dress your masterpiece with audio files. Open up your iTunes Library, choose the audio file you wish and add to a specific movie clip or the entire project. If you wish to add different audio files for each movie clip, then you can easily toggle with sound settings adjusting the volume and fading out effect.
10. Finalize your Project
Once you are satisfied with the result, export your project to the desirable size. The iMovie app gives you three options to choose from: Medium (360p), Large (540p) and HD (720p).
Apple’s iMovie is an extraordinary app helping you edit your favorite photos and videos. Add the files you wish, sort them out, crop them if needed, add music effects and you are done! Share it with and family and enjoy their praises!