Apple’s iMovie app lets you edit videos right on your iPhone or iPad without having to use your computer. At the same time, you have the ability to remove unnecessary frames, apply filters and add music.
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IMovie is developed by Apple and is completely free. With a user-friendly interface and support for intuitive Multi-Touch gestures, iMovie is one of the best video editors on iOS and iPadOS.
To create videos, you can use ready-made trailer templates with stunning graphics and music from popular composers. In addition, the program allows you to change transitions, overlay text, slow down and speed up video, add effects, etc.
Download iMovie for iPhone and iPad for free (App Store)
Create a project, upload photos and videos to iMovie on iPhone and iPad
1. Download and launch the iMovie app.
2. Click the button “Create a project” and select item “Movie”…
On the display of your device, you can see the content in your library.
3. Check the photos or videos you want to combine and click “Make a movie”…
After that, you can immediately see them in the timeline (timeline), which will allow you to start editing.
4. Tap a video or photo in the timeline. A yellow border should appear around it. Move the frames on both sides to trim the video to the desired length. If you suddenly deleted an extra piece, you can undo your action by clicking on the button in the form of a rounded arrow on the right side of the screen.
If you want to divide the edited clip into several small fragments, select the file, drag the vertical white scale to the required place and click the button “Divide”…
To change the sequence of clips on the timeline, drag the selected video or photo to the desired location.
To add new videos or photos, click the button “+”…
To remove unwanted uploaded photos or videos from the timeline, just click on them and swipe them up. At the same time, a dust cloud icon will appear on the upper right corner of the thumbnail.
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How to change the speed of certain clips
In order to increase or decrease the speed of a certain clip, select it and in the lower menu click on the button with the speedometer icon. Use the slider to adjust the playback speed, if it is maximum, you get the effect of fast shooting.
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How to add audio to video
To add music to a video, click on the “+” sign on the right and select “Audio”…
You can add your own sound files or choose from a variety of ready-made soundtracks.
The section “Audio Effects” will give you the opportunity to use the noise of the surf, the rumble of thunder, the roar of a car and other similar effects. You can add a voiceover, for this you need to click on the microphone icon, leaving the main menu.
The melodies and sounds that you have chosen will be shown in the timeline below the video.
They can also be edited: cut, increase and decrease the volume. Note that the soundtrack is muted by default. When working with transitions, it is worth aligning them with the rhythm of the music.
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How to apply filters or overlay text to videos in iMovie on iPhone and iPad
To apply a filter on a frame, select a photo or clip in the timeline and click on the icon with three circles.
In order to overlay text (titles), click the icon with the letter “T”…
If you want to see what the edit you made looks like, then move the vertical scale to the beginning of the frame. To rate your special effect or melody within the created video, click the play button.
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How to customize transitions in iMovie
You’ve probably noticed that there are small squares on the timeline between the elements of the movie you are creating (be it photos or clips). These elements are responsible for the transition from one scene to another, making it smooth.
To edit the transition, click on the square and select the appropriate effect option in the lower menu.
If two videos shot at the same time and in the same place are glued together, then you can try to abandon the transition altogether (there is such an option). Then the change of the picture will not seem too sharp. In the very bottom line, you can also set the transition speed. An interesting point – in the transitions “Slide” and “Shutter” you can change the direction of the effect by simply double-clicking on this icon.
To test the transitions, click the button Play…
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Final steps and video export to iMovie
After finishing editing, press the button Ready, after which the main page of the created project will open.
To return to editing the project, press the button Edit…
To rename the project, tap the caption My project and enter a new name.
To save the video to the Photos app, Files app, or send the video via social networks, click Share this and select the option you want.