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iMovie
iMovie is an Apple application that provides you with basic editing tools that
are easy to use and results in a high quality video.
This video maker and editor is available on iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch devices.
Difficulty – Easy
Time required to create and publish a short video project – From a few
minutes to half an hour
Price – free with iOS 7 or later
Considerations to filming before you begin include:
1. Do you have a good microphone with low background noise? Consider a clip-on microphone
that is attached near your mouth to improve the quality of the audio (you speaking). While
this may tie you to the device, the length of lapel microphones can be purchased in excess of
2 metres, so you can comfortably sit near the device without pulling on the microphone
lead.
2. Do you have good quality lighting that is not casting half your face in shadows or reflecting in
your glasses lens? By considering what the light around you is doing can help improve the
quality of the video. Consider turning a light off from overhead or closing the blinds. To
consider the values of light, check out ‘Understanding light’ video to explore this technique
further.
3. What can the viewers see behind you? By considering what is positioned in the field viewer
of the camera can help make a video appeal to the viewers and also remove visual
distractions. Consider removing personal photographs and untidy piles of ‘stuff’. Or better
yet, consider ‘Photo composition’ to help position yourself amongst the background so it
works well for the overall video quality.
4. What is the position of the camera? By considering the composition of the subject, you can
set the camera up to record interesting video shots which helps with the overall quality of
the video. Check out ‘Rule of thirds’ video to explore photo composition technique further.
5. Check the settings of audio levels, lighting, background and positioning by recording a test
video.
6. Play your test video back to check from potential problems. Typical problems include camera
movement, especially if you are holding the camera while recording. Have you considered
using a tripod or stable object to steady the position of the camera?
7. Need ideas on how to set up to record in your office? Here’s an example
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0q-JKBEwNy4
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Record/Add a video project (for editing)
1. Download the app onto your mobile device and open.
To record video into a new project (a project being something you can edit), tap the Create
button
at the top right of the screen in projects view, then tap New Project.
If you’re not in projects view, tap the My Projects tab in the middle/top of the viewer.
2. Select a Movie.
3. Select a template for your new movie (‘Simple’ is the default option). Then select
Create from the top right corner.
At this point you can opt to select pre-recorded media (videos, photos and audio).
Alternatively, tap
in the bottom right corner to record from your device camera.
Note, you can upload media which is stored on your device, recorded previously in
iMovie or stored in iCloud Drive.
4. Tap the Camera button
mode, as shown below.
below the viewer, and make sure the camera is in video
Note: For better results, rotate your device to landscape orientation before
recording. This will remove the black frame that appears on either side of eth video
footage when recorded in portrait orientation.
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5. Ensure the setting is on 1080p 30FPS (highest quality) and the device has focused on
the object (person or object).
6. Tap the record button to begin recording video; tap it again to stop recording (note
the button will appear rectangular in record mode).
7. To preview the video, tap the Play button; tap it again to stop.
8. Tap Use Video to add the video to your project; tap Retake to discard the previous
take and record new video
To use the recorded video in other apps, you must first move the video to the Camera
Roll. You may also import videos previous recorded in another iMovie project iMovie
Media.
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Adding extra video or photos into your new video project
1. Do any of the following to add video and photos to your project:
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To add existing video, in the Video browser on the right side of the screen, tap
the location of the clip you want to add, then tap the video and select the down
arrow (if your iPad is in portrait orientation, rotate to landscape to find the
media add feature).
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To add an existing photo, tap the Photos button on the right of the screen. Find
the photo you want to add from the Camera Roll, then tap the photo to add it to
the timeline (if your iPad is in portrait orientation, rotate to landscape to find the
media add feature).
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To record video or take a photo directly into the project, tap the Camera button
in the bottom right corner of the screen. The capturing process is the same as
previously outlined in steps 5-8.
2. The added photo appears for a duration of 3 to 6 seconds, depending on the length
of the transitions that appear before and after the photo, but you can change this
duration. A Ken Burns effect is also applied to the image, which means the camera
appears to sweep across and zoom in on the photo. You can adjust this effect; to
learn how, go to Adjust a photo.
3. To change project settings (photo or video appearance), tap the Project Settings
button
in the lower-right corner of the screen. Adjust the filter and theme
settings to the desired appearance.
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Add audio (sound effects, background tracks, introduction music etc.)
1. With your project open, scroll the project timeline so that the playhead (the white
vertical line) appears over the location where you want to add the audio; you can move
the track later if you want, so an estimated position is fine.
2. Tap the Audio button on the right side of the screen, make your selection from the
provided audio files or import your own through iCloud Drive or iTunes. Then tap the
audio file and select the down arrow (if your iPad is in portrait orientation, rotate to
landscape to find the media add feature).
3. Alternatively, you can add newly recorded voiceover. To get started, select the
microphone icon in the lower-right corner of the editing screen. Check that the audio
level is acceptable (showing green for the majority of speech test). Tap record when
ready to record. Stop when finished and either Cancel, Retake, Review or Accept, when
prompted.
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Editing
Overview of editing
There are a number of editing techniques you can apply to a video after you add it to your
project. These techniques give you flexibility in how you use your video to best effect, how
you construct the story you’re telling, and how you make your project visually compelling.
To make the following types of edits, first tap a clip so the yellow selection handles appear.
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Trim a clip: After you add a clip to your project, you may decide to trim it so it flows
more smoothly into the next clip. Since trimming doesn’t actually cut the video
permanently, so you can always add back any video that you need.
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Split a clip: You can split a clip into two smaller clips. You might want to do so to insert
another clip, or a photo, between the two portions of the split clip, or to add different
titles to each of the two portions.
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Add a freeze frame: You can create a freeze frame from any frame of a video clip. You
might want to do this, for example, to draw attention to a specific frame of video for
comic or dramatic effect.
Trim a video clip, photo or audio track
1. With your project open, in the project timeline, tap the video clip, photo or audio track
you want to trim, so it is highlighted in a yellow box.
2. Touch and drag either yellow trim handle (on the left or right of the clip) to shorten or
lengthen the clip, photo or audio track.
If you try to increase the video clip or audio track’s length but the trim handle won’t
move, it means there are no additional frames of video on that end of the clip.
Split a video clip, photo or audio track
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Select the clip, photo or audio track that you wish to split by tapping the track.

Select the Scissor button from the lower-left corner. Drag the selected object so the
white line is positioned in the desired location.
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Tap the Split button to make the cut.
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Note you can Split, Detach, Duplicate or Delete the object using the controls at the
bottom of the editing screen.
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Adjust volume and editing sound
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Select the audio track that you wish to adjust by tapping the track.
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Select the Speaker button from the lower-left corner. Drag the audio track slide bar to
the desired level.
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Tap the speaker button to turn it off.
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Note you can Split, add Background sound, Duplicate or Delete the track using the
controls at the bottom of the editing screen.
Change speed of video (freeze frame)

Select the Speed button from the lower-left corner. Drag the speed slide bar to the
desired level, either towards the turtle for slow or the rabbit for fast.

Tap the speed button to turn it off.
Adding Transitions
You may want to use transitions between scenes to fade one scene to another or use
another transition effect.
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To access the transition options, select the transition
from timeline. Simply select
the transition you desire and it will be placed between the two scenes. Adjust the
length of the transition from 0.5 seconds to 2.0 seconds.
To finish your project, exit the timeline editor by selecting the back arrow in the top-right
corner.
Adding Titles to your video
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Change the title by tapping on the temporary title. Type your desired title text, then tap
Done to save.
You are now ready to publish your video. It is advisable to preview your video before you
publish it.
Tap the Preview button and view with the sound turned on. Select Done when you have
finished. If necessary, tap the Edit button and make any adjustments. When you are ready
to publish, tap the Share button.
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Share to YouTube
There are three options for sharing a video created on a mobile device: send to the camera
roll on your device and transfer to the computer; uploaded to the cloud and pull down from
the computer; or publish straight from the mobile device to a video host, like YouTube or
Vimeo. Whichever way you approach publishing a video, ensure you are retaining the
quality and size in which it was taken and produced.
As an example, publishing to YouTube can be completed easily if you have a Google
account. Visit http://www.youtube.com to set up a free account.
Share a project to YouTube
1. If you’re not in projects view, tap the My Projects button.
2. Scroll to the project you want to share.
3. Tap the Share button on the screen, then tap YouTube.
4. Type your YouTube username and password, then tap Sign In.
5. Tap Title, then use the keyboard to type a title (if this needs to be changed); tap
Description to add a description (optional).
6. To specify how your project is categorized on the YouTube website, tap Category, scroll
the options, then tap the one you want, such as Education.
7. Tap Tags to add terms users can use to find your video on YouTube (optional).
To enter more than one tag, tap Return after each one. If you previously shared the
project to another website, any tags you specified appear in the tags field.
8. Tap to select the size of the video quality. HD 720p or HD 1080p is recommended.
9. Tap to select the level of privacy. Unlisted is recommended.
10. Acknowledge that you have not used any copyright protected materials and then tap
Share in the upper-right corner.
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