Quick look at iMovie
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Quick look at iMovie for beginners using Mac

The easiest way to edit your videos on a Mac, is iMovie, not to mention it’s free. This is a quick look at iMovie for beginners using Mac that are looking for a way to edit and export their videos in the easiest and cheapest (FREE) way.

Video is now a very important part of any business, blog, school, and anyone who wants to get his message out into the world. So why not take advantage of this free Apple software to edit and publish our own videos.

 

Here are some basic things we can do iMovie:

Download iMovie

If you don’t already have it installed, you can go to the App Store on your Mac and search for iMovie, or download from here. Remember it’s a free download.

Download iMovie
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Import a video clip

We can go to File -> Import Media, and search for our file.

Import a video clip in iMovie
Import a video clip in iMovie

Or we can always just drag and drop it to the timeline.

Note: iMovie supports .mov and .mp4 file formats, among others. These 2 are the most common ones to use.

 

Import images and audio

If you want to add images or audio, it’s the same method as importing a movie clip.

 

Edit your clip

By selecting your clip, and ctrl+click, we get these options to cut, split, among other actions.

Edit your clip in iMovie
Edit your clip

 

Adding Titles in iMovie
Adding Titles

We have almost 50 different Titles to choose from, that already come preinstalled. To add them to our clip, we just drag and drop it into our project.

Note: To preview the animation, we can slide the cursor over the thumbnail from side to side.

 

Backgrounds

Backgrounds in iMovie
Backgrounds

We can use a background when we have a “Picture in Picture” or a “Blue/Green Screen” project. To add them, we just drag and drop it to our timeline.

Note: To preview the animation, we can slide the cursor over the thumbnail from side to side.

 

Transitions

Transitions in iMovie
Transitions

We have over 20 transitions that helps us go from one clip to another. Same as before, we can preview them by sliding the cursor over the thumbnail, and to add them, we just drag and drop them between any 2 clips.

 

Adjusting the duration of a clip

We may want to edit the duration of a tile, image, or any other clip, for this we just select the clip, and place the cursor on the edge until a double arrow cursor appears, now we can click and drag to edit the duration.

Adjusting the duration of a clip in iMovie
Adjusting the duration of a clip

 

Editing options

iMovie is a basic video editing software, but it comes with a lot of options to correct or enhance our movie clips. Here’s a glimpse of those great features:

Video overlay settings in iMovie
Video overlay settings

 

Color balance in iMovie
Color balance

 

Color correction in iMovie
Color correction

 

Cropping in iMovie
Cropping

 

Stabilization in iMovie
Stabilization

 

Audio in iMovie
Audio

 

Noise reduction and equalizer in iMovie
Noise reduction and equalizer

 

Speed in iMovie
Speed

 

Clip filter and audio effects in iMovie
Clip filter and audio effects

 

Exporting your video

You can export your video directly to social media sites, and you also get other options like “File”, where we export the video to share it the best way you think so.

Exporting your video in iMovie
Exporting your video in iMovie

 

If you need to create a video for your website, eBook, YouTube, among other places, this is one of the best, easiest, and cheapest (FREE) options to do it.

Sergio Vázquez
Sergio es el creador de digital-editorial, donde se especializa en publicación digital en áreas como: eBooks, Desarrollo Web, Aplicaciones Móviles, Recorridos Virtuales, Podcasts, Cursos y HTML5. Ha participado en: FILIJ, FILAH, FLT, FILEC, en la celebración del Día Mundial del Libro y del Derecho de Autor en el Palacio de Bellas Artes, 2do Congreso de Tecnologías de la Información en la UPT, y en el Foro Leer y Escribir hoy de la SEP Puebla.
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