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Lights! Cameras! Action! Start Producing Home Videos with iMovie
You have multiple options for recording video footage to be edited within iMovie. You can shoot the movies directly on your iPhone or iPad using the Camera app. Or, you can shoot video using any other video camera, and then import the raw footage into your iPhone or iPad using the iTunes Sync process (or iCloud). This works best, however, if you keep your videos short.
When you’re ready to transform your raw video footage into a flashy Hollywood-style production, launch the iMovie app. From the app’s Library screen, tap on the plus sign icon and select either New Project or New Trailer. Choose New Trailer to create a themed movie trailer from your footage. Otherwise, choose the New Project option.
If you started working on an iMovie project on your Mac, you can import it to your iOS device to continue editing it using the iTunes Sync process. Tap the Import icon that’s displayed near the bottom-center of the iMovie app’s Library screen to import an existing movie project.
Later, you’ll return to the main Library screen of the app to watch your movies in full-screen mode (which will look amazing on the new iPad’s Retina display), use the AirPlay feature to watch them on a HD television set (via Apple TV), or share your videos via email or by publishing them online, for example.
Once you select either the New Project or New Trailer option, the main video editing screen of iMovie is displayed. It’s from here you’ll import or gather your raw video footage, digital photos, and music, and then transform this content into a slick-looking video production.
Like the Mac version of iMovie, each on-screen icon and the menu options offered within the app are context-based. This means what they’re used for will vary, based on whether you’re clipping raw video footage, arranging video clips, adding titles, working with music or sound effects, or importing photos, for example.
If you’ve never used iMovie or video editing software before, what you’ll probably discover is that the iMovie app is not initially intuitive. However, to quickly get started editing video like a pro, from the app’s Library screen, click on the iMovie Help icon (that’s shaped like a question mark). It’s displayed in the lower-left corner of the screen. From the iMovie Help menu, select the Create a Project option, and then the Create a New Project option to get you started.
Ultimately, to really become acquainted with using the iMovie app, you’ll want to read all of the iMovie Help files, and then start tinkering with the various features and functions of the app firsthand until you become proficient using them.
After investing 30 to 60 minutes learning to use the app and experimenting with its features, you’ll probably have the skills necessary to use the templates and themes built into the app to begin editing your own videos. The more practice you put into using the more complex features built into the app, however, the more impressive the results will be.