This video tutorial, by the Rowan University Libraries Digital Scholarship Center, introduces users to creating videos using iMovie, a free video editing application by Apple. This easy to use software can help you quickly create student projects and instructional videos for online or blended learning. This specific video tutorial introduces learners to iMovie's interface and importing media files.
Closed captions available through the video's button. The transcript appears below.
Hello my name is Mike Benson
and today we're going to explore
creating a video project
using Apple's free video editing
called iMovie. iMovie is
an entry-level video editing application
and it's available
only with Apple products such as Apple
the iPad and iPhone. If you're using a
you might take a look at Windows Movie
Wondershare Filmora, or Adobe Premiere
Elements, which may require a modest fee
to use. You might also want to consider
professional products such as
and Adobe Premiere Pro, which both
require a fee
for both mac and pc users. You can also
use ClipChamp, which offers a free
web-based video editing application.
For more information on using ClipChamp
check our video tutorials.
If you're new to video editing or just
need to create a video quickly,
iMovie is a great choice. The software is
easy to use,
and it's also very powerful.
You can quickly create video projects,
videos for online learning,
or create course assignments, where
students become creators,
share their voice, and learn media design
Using iMovie you can quickly import
and video from a variety of free online
or you can import files from your camera,
including your mobile phone or
tablet. iMovie is generally installed
as a standard application on Apple
The software can be found within your
inside the Applications folder. If you
don't see the software, you can also
download it from the Apple App store.
Once you open the software you will see
which will let you create a new project.
Let's select the "Create New" button.
We'll then select the "Movie" option.
This window will open showing the entire
This area on the left is called the
or "Event Browser." It provides access to
imported footage and works sort of like
a media browser.
This section is called the "Events
Browser" or just the "Browser,"
and it's where you import and access
Let's add a photo and a video by
this icon. We'll select this jpeg
and this mp4 video file.
The files then appears in the Events
We'll use these files in a couple of
To continue our tour of iMovie's
we have the "Viewer," which plays our
as you edit. If you select a file
in your Browser it will appear in the
From here you can make adjustments using
these icons at the top of the Viewer.
For example, let's adjust this photo
of a beach. We can adjust the contrast
the hue, and we can explore a variety of
for photos. Icons related to video and
are not available. If we select the video
we can make additional adjustments to
This area at the bottom of the interface
is the "Project Timeline."
This is where you will edit your video
To add a file to the Timeline select the
and drag it to the Timeline. By default
photos are automatically assigned 4
and video is imported at the length of
For example this photo is set to 4
and this video clip is 33.4
seconds long. Once a file is in the
you can edit the clip by moving this
or this right part. If it is a photo
you can make the time very short or
For a video, you can make a clip shorter
but you can't make it longer unless you
add another clip.
You can also make edits to the file
using these icons.
above the Viewer. Video files that
audio will include a sound wave at the
We can increase the volume of the clip
by dragging this line
up or down.
We can also make adjustments to the
audio using the icons
above the viewer
If you select a clip while also holding
the control key
you can access this menu which includes
such as "Splitting a clip" and "Showing the
which allows you to make more precise
Above the Browser you can see five tabs
which are used to manage your files
and to add text, backgrounds, and
We will learn more about these tools in
Concerning saving your project iMovie
automatically saves your work within a
an iMovie Library. These files are
in your account's Movie folder. We will
need to name our project by selecting
tab located here. Let's call this project
When we come back to the project it will
appear within the projects
In the next iMovie tutorial we will
and importing files to our project and
use some of the more common iMovie tools.
Thanks for watching!