While the iMovie application for Mac has a few more bells and whistles, Apple's mobile version of its video editing program is full of features and much more intuitive than its big brother. But before you go directly into a movie editor on your iPhone, you should first know the basics.
The first step in iMovie for iPhone is to start a new project, import photos and videos, and create your movie. Of course, once you've created the movie, you'll be able to apply your editing skills to a sophisticated smartphone-based minifilm, and we'll cover some of the editing tools you'll use later. Let's start a project in iMovie first.
Note that you can do all of these steps in either portrait or landscape.
: Create a Movie Project
In the Projects Viewer On the tab, tap the Create Project icon (the plus sign), and then choose Movie in the prompt that appears. Alternatively, you can choose the "Trailer" option, which allows you to create a Hollywood trailer in an automated way. However, we will not go into that guide in this guide. Feel free to mess around with it.
Step 2: Browse Your Media  iMovie jumps you straight from the photo app to your Moments where you can start selecting and selecting photos, videos, or both to start importing into your new project. If you want to search for other albums, tap "Media" in the upper left corner, where you can choose from "Video", "Photos" or "Albums". In landscape mode, Browser Media will open on devices with larger screens on the left.
If you make a motion picture without any still pictures, "Video" is the best option here. You can choose to drill down to specific albums, recent items, or just all the videos in your photo app. You can also choose Albums to show all your video albums and photo albums (or mixes).
When you check out albums with photos Only or photos and videos together, tap a photo or video to see a larger preview. When you have found all the desired objects, tap the thumbnails until white / blue check marks appear.
If you are in only one album with videos, the view changes to mini timelines for each video. To quickly scrub through a video without actually playing it, tap the video, then drag your finger to the right or left. A thumbnail follows your finger and shows you the frames of the video.
To preview a video, tap it once to highlight it (if unchecked), and then tap the Play button. You can check this in the same pop-up menu as the playback option. In this view, before you review a video, you can also adjust the start and stop points by dragging the yellow bars inward.
You can see that videos are "checked" for each import by the thin yellow bar indicating how much of the video is imported into the project.
When you have selected all the photos and videos that you have to your first To add a project, tap the "Create Movie" button at the bottom. Do not worry if you forget something. You can add them later.
Videos are imported as the actual length, while most photos are imported in 4-second clips. I say the most because everything depends on the transitions they can make between 3 and 6 seconds. When a picture starts or ends a video, it is 5 seconds by default and the middle 4 seconds by default.
From here you can start playing. You can delete clips, move clips, change or edit transitions, undo / redo changes, add more media, and more. I will not go into these details in this guide as this article should help you get started.
Feel free to play around in your new video project, and look here for upcoming guides to everyone Forces of iMovie to use on the iPhone.
This article was produced during the special coverage of Gadget Hacks on the Smartphone Video Creator Tips for Filming and Editing. Take a look at the entire Videography series.
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