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iMovie Tutorials

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The tutorials below serve as good refreshers, but if you’re just starting out with iMovie, please take a look at our interactive iMovie modules. These interactive modules will teach you everything you need to know about iMovie, from the beginning, and will give you a feel of what it’s like to work within iMovie before starting your project.

Introduction to Basic Editing in iMovie

This tutorial will introduce some of the basic editing skills in iMovie. Starting a New Project To start a new project, first open iMovie. You should be presented with a screen that looks like this: This is the Project List, and it will show you all of the projects...

Making Audio Adjustments in iMovie

This tutorial will explain how to adjust the audio levels of video or audio tracks in iMovie. Adjust/Even Audio Levels After recording video in different locations or when mixing video clips and voiceover narration, you may realize that the audio levels of...

Adding Sound Effects, Music and Recording Voiceovers in iMovie

This tutorial will explain how to add sound effects, music and how to record voiceovers in iMovie. Sound Effects and Music iMovie has a built-in Library of sound effects and royalty free music that you are able to use and access easily from within the program. Click...

Adding and Customizing Titles in iMovie

This tutorial assumes you are already familiar with the concepts discussed in the Basic Editing in iMovie tutorial. Start with video already on your Timeline. Click “Titles” listed at the top left half of the screen. This will open up the Titles Browser where you can...

Using Transitions in iMovie

Transitions provide a smooth and easy change between clips. They generally are used to show a passage of time or change of location. First, make sure that you have some footage in the Timeline. Now click on the Transition tab at the top of the screen. This will open...

How to Use Green Screen in iMovie

To use your green screen footage in a bigger project, first edit it the following way, export it, and then import the new file. Not doing so will cause you to be unable to use cutaways, text, or transitions with your green screen footage. To use green screen in...

Backing Up & Restoring Your iMovie or Final Cut Project

When working on a Media Commons iMac, you will have to back up your project when you are not actively working on it. This is because all of Penn State's iMacs get refreshed every day so everything gets deleted. Additionally, you will not be able to access your work...

Exporting Your Video From iMovie

To be able to use your video outside of iMovie you need to Export it. One it has been exported as a self-contained file you can put it on a flash drive, upload it to YouTube, or upload it to any cloud-storage you may have. To export your video, start by clicking on...

Changing the Speed of a Clip in iMovie

iMovie allows you to change the speed at which – and direction in which – a clip plays. The following tutorial will help you find and change the speed and direction of a particular clip. Once you have added some footage to your Timeline you are ready to change the...

Stabilizing Footage in iMovie

iMovie allows you to smooth out or stabilize a clip: in other words if your footage is really shaky it will help smooth that out. The following tutorial will help you find and smooth out your clip in iMovie. Once you have some footage in your Timeline you are ready to...

Adding Video Effects in iMovie

iMovie comes with several Clip Filters and Audio Effects that can be added to any or all of your footage to help you achieve a style or look to your video. The following tutorial will help you find and add those effects. Once you have some footage in your Timeline you...

Creating Stop-Motion and Slowmation Videos in iMovie

This tutorial will show how to create a Stop-motion or Slowmation video in iMovie with still images. Download Workshop Files (135 MB)   Creating a Stop-Motion or Slowmation Video Start a new project in iMovie and import your images into iMovie. If you need help...

Creating Animated Maps in iMovie

iMovie has a feature that allows users to place and customize animated maps in their video. This tutorial will outline exactly how to create and include one of these maps in your video.To start, we want to locate the Maps and Backgrounds section of the Media Browser....

Using Themes in iMovie

Themes can be used to quickly build stylized video edits. However, it should be noted that the No Theme or unstylized timeline is the most appropriate theme for most class assignments. To add a Theme to your iMovie project, you can either start a new project, or open...

Capturing Footage using an iSight in iMovie

To capture footage using your iSight camera (the built-in camera on the iMac) inside iMovie, press the Import button at the top of iMovie, which is a downward-facing arrow. When you do, a window will pop up. Choose FaceTime Camera (Built-in) under the Cameras section...

How to Import Videos from an HD Camera

On the Camera Plug in your HD camera via USB or Firewire cable, whichever your camera uses. Make sure your camera is on and set to Playback mode. You should be able to switch to Playback mode by pressing the button next to an icon that usually looks something like...

Converting iPhone HEVC Video to .mp4 Format

This tutorial will show you how to use a program called Handbrake, to convert your iPhone video into .mp4 format. Different cameras and phones record video into many different formats, depending. The most universal video format at the moment is...

Faculty: Adding The iMovie Training Modules To Your Canvas Course

You can now add the Media Commons' iMovie Training Modules into your Canvas course as a graded assignment. The modules are stored in the Canvas Commons and this tutorial will explain how to import them into your course and then change the point value of each...