Do you ever have a bunch of random videos laying around and have no idea what to do with them? If you learn how to edit, you can create a video collage of memories, a snappy instagram clips, or a short film. All you need are the right tools and a few pointers.
What tools are we talking about? The tool that is going to be your new best friend is iMovie. This amazing editing software helps people cut video clips into one cohesive project–and it comes free with any Mac. With this short guide, you can learn how to cut video in iMovie and become a proficient editor.
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What is iMovie?
iMovie is what the pros like to call a nonlinear editor–this is a type of software that you can use to cut and edit videos, music, and graphics without changing any of the original files. They’re powerful tools for filmmakers and are used to edit almost all of today’s Hollywood films. Professional-grade editors like Adobe Premiere Pro and Final Cut cost a fortune. Because iMovie is free, it’s a great place for beginners to start. The only drawback is that it only works with Apple products—sorry PC users.
Like many other Apple products, iMovie is designed to be very intuitive, keeping the average user in mind. Not everyone is a professional editor with years of experience under their belt, and the developers of iMovie know that. This doesn’t mean it isn’t an effective tool. You can still create jaw-dropping projects in iMovie—all it takes is a little practice. Get started learning how to cut video in iMovie with some of the basics below.
Importing Footage into iMovie
Before you start editing, you have to get your individual clips into iMovie. This process is called Importing, and it is the easiest part of editing. Once you’ve created a new project, all you have to do is click the import button or press ⌘ + I. Then select the video and audio clips you want to edit and click Import Selected. This visual demonstration will help get you on the right track.
Step 1: Create a New Project and Select Movie
Step 2: Click on the Import button or Press ⌘ + I
Step 3: Select Your Footage and Audio and Press Import Selected
Now your files are imported into iMovie and are ready for editing!
Cutting Video Clips and Editing Your Project in iMovie
Now you get to turn all of your individual clips into something special. This is the fun part, but there’s a lot you can do in the editing stage so it may be overwhelming at first. Basically, the editing process is where you cut and trim video and add any music and titles. It doesn’t sound like much, but once you’ve mastered these three things, you’ll be able to do a lot in post production.
Step 1: Drag a Clip into the Timeline
Step 2: Adjust the Length by Dragging the Edges
Step 3: Repeat with Other Clips
Step 4: Add Audio by Dragging an Audio Clip Underneath the Video in the Timeline
Step 5: Add Titles by Going to the Titles Tab
Step 6: Drag a Title Template into the Timeline above the Video
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Exporting Your Video
Now it’s time to share your masterpiece with the world! In order to do this, you have to export the finished product. Exporting simply compresses your project into one video file, and iMovie does a great job of doing all the hard work for you. All you have to do is choose the platform you want to upload your video to like YouTube or Facebook, and iMovie will export and publish it for you. You don’t have to worry about all of the complicated settings that look like hieroglyphics.
Step 1: Press the Export Button
Step 2: Select Your Desired Platform
Step 3: Click Next and then Publish
Just like that—you’re a video editor. There’s a lot more that you can do with iMovie, but it’s always good to start with the basics. Keep editing and you’ll be an iMovie pro in no time! Find inspiration for your next project on our blog.