Apps / Software iMovie for iPhone and Mac: Getting Started

Elizabeth Harper

When it comes to video editing, Apple is ahead of the game like no other manufacturer. For years, their professional software Final Cut has been a standard application in the television and film industry. However, it may not be beginner-friendly due to its professional orientation. That’s why Apple has also been offering a little sibling in the video editing department for many years: Apple’s iMovie, which is available for both macOS and iOS platforms. And the best part? It’s free. We’re here to help you get started. All you need is a video and maybe a little music. The best part is that the user interface is now almost identical on both Mac and iPhone/iPad.

### Guide: Creating a new iMovie project

Apple’s iMovie organizes your work in the form of projects, which you can think of as a folder that contains everything important for your movie. In addition to raw material such as videos and music, it can also include images, for example. And of course, it contains the actual editing with tracks and transitions.

### Tutorial: Quickly editing videos in iMovie

Once you’ve become familiar with iMovie, you can start with the actual editing process. iMovie is “non-destructive,” which means it doesn’t modify the original videos but only sets markers within the project. We’ll show you how it’s done using the macOS version, although the options might be in slightly different places on iOS, they are still available.

### Saving the finished iMovie video as a file

Over the years, iMovie has grown into a powerful tool that allows for quick realization of video editing projects on Mac or iPhone/iPad. Once you’ve completed the editing, you can export the project as a file.

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