iMovie Tutorial: Steps for Beginner

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iMovie Tutorial for BeginneriMovie is a video editing software application provided by Apple.inc for Mac and iOS. The software is free with all new Mac computers since 2003. And this article is iMovie Tutorial which suitable for Beginners starting a new video project.

iMovie imports video transcription using the FireWire interface on the computer’s USB port or on MiniDV format digital video cameras. That video editor also available to import video and photo files from a hard drive. We can edit some photos and video clips with adding titles, themes, music, and effects, including basic color correction and video enhancement tools and transitions such as fades and slides.

Best iMovie Tutorial for Beginner

Introduction to Basic

Editing in iMovie

This is a tutorial that introduce some of the basic editing skills in iMovie.

1. Starting a New Project

At the first of all, to start a new project, start on iMovie. We should be presented with a screen that looks like this:

iMovie Guidance

This is the Project List, and it will show us all of the projects that we have made in iMovie. If this is your first time using the program, then we might not see any projects listed in this window.

To create a new project, click on the Create New box, denoted by a large “plus” sign.

iMovie Guidance

Once we click, a drop down menu will appear. Select the Movie option.

iMovie Guidance

We will then be taken to the Project Interface, where you can begin importing footage and editing our movie.

iMovie Guidance

To name your project, click on the Projects Button in the upper left corner of iMovie. A popup box will appear, allowing us to name the project.

iMovie Guidance

iMovie Guidance

Keep in mind that you can always rename our movie later from the Projects List.

To open your project again, double-click on your project in the Projects List.

Note: we will notice that there is no Save command under the File menu. This is because iMovie is Autosave at the regular intervals and does not require to manually save.

 

2. The Project Interface

iMovie Guidance

The first section in the top left third of iMovie is called the Event Library

iMovie Guidance

The Event Library workspace grants us access to all imported footage, functioning essentially like a media browser, and dividing our imported movies into folders called Events.

The next section is the bottom half of the interface and is called the Project workspace or Timeline.

iMovie Guidance

The Project workspace is where you can access and build your movie from the files you selected from the Event Libraryworkspace.

The section in the top right corner is called the Viewer.

iMovie Guidance

This Viewer window is where your footage will play as you edit and watch the clips in our Project workspace. We will also be able to make many different clip adjustments in this section of the interface by clicking the adjustment icons at the top of the Viewer.

 

3. Importing Files from Your Computer

To import video files from our computer, go to the top of the iMovie window and click the Import button, which is a downward pointing arrow.

IMovie Guidance

When we do, a window will appear that allows us to select the clips we want to import. Use the menu on the left to navigate to our media either on the computer, external drive, or camera, that we wish to import.

iMOvie Guidance

At the top of the Import Window, we will also see a menu titled Import to: where we can select which Event we would like the clips to import to.

Click on that drop-down menu, and select an existing Event, or select New Event to create a new event in which to import the video clips. iMovie will then prompt us to name the New Event.

iMovie Guidance

 

4. Editing Workflow Between the Event Library and Project

The Event Library workspace and the Project Timeline look similar. The major difference between the two is that we cannot edit in the Event Library workspace. All editing must occur in the Project Timeline. The most we can do in the Event Library is select a certain clip and drag that clip into the Project Timeline.

To do this, click on a video clip in the Event Library workspace that we want to use in our Timeline. This should create a yellow box around the clip that we want to use.

iMOvie Guidance

We can then click and drag the video inside the yellow box into our Timeline, and it will add the clip into our Project.

IMOvie Guidance

5. Basic Editing in the Timeline

Now that we know how to add clips from our Event Browser to our Timeline, we can start to edit some of our footage.

a. Splitting a Clip

To split a clip into two different clips, move our Playhead (white line that follows our cursor) to the point we want to split, and click on it.

Now, go to the top of the screen and select the Modify menu. Scroll down to the middle of the drop-down menu and choose Split Clip.

When we do, our clip will be split into two parts at the point where the Playhead was.

b. Trimming Clips

If you need to trim a clip down because we’ve added too much of it to our Timeline, there are three ways to do this. The first is by simply dragging the ends of the clips in your Project Timeline workspace.

Start by selecting the clip we wish to trim. we will know it is selected when a yellow border appears around it. Next, move our cursor to the left edge of the clip until our cursor turns into two arrows pointing left and right. When it does, left-click, hold, and drag left or right to either extend or shorten where we clip starts, respectively. When we are satisfied, we can let go of the left-click.

Then, move our cursor over to the right edge of our clip until the cursor changes to the arrows again. Now, left-click, hold, and drag left or right to extend or shorten where our clip ends. When we are satisfied, we can let go of the left-click.

Finally, we meet the end of this iMovie Tutorial, Now that you know how to use iMovie, keep editing and you’ll be a video editing pro in the future.

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