What Is It?
iMovie is a digital video editing software program for Macintosh that is available as part of Apple’s iLife suite. With iMovie, you can import video from several sources (such as a miniDV tape, VHS recording or DVD) or record directly in iMovie using a Web cam. Once you have imported your video you can trim content, combine clips, insert images and add audio tracks, special effects and transitions to create a finished movie.
- Easy to use for short, basic projects
- Connect a digital video camera or a Web camera to import video
- Linked with iTunes and iPhoto for easy import of audio tracks and still images; you can import audio and images from other sources as well
- Library of special effects and transitions you can apply to portions of your movie project
- Export to a variety of video formats, including iPod video, streaming or DVD
Who Uses It?
iMovie comes installed on all new Macintosh computers. It is broadly used in the educational setting from elementary schools to colleges and universities for creating and adapting digital video content.
How Does it Work?
The user is presented with a screen that includes: a project timeline, a “bin” for unedited clips and a preview window that displays video from an attached camcorder or other video. A video clip is captured (digitized) by pressing an “import” button on the screen; the clip is transferred to the bin where it can be trimmed and then dragged to an appropriate point on the timeline. Other menus in the program allow you to add titles, still images, sound tracks, special effects and transitions between clips.
Once the editing process is complete, the user can export the contents of the timeline to a variety of digital video file formats or send the project to the iDVD program to create a DVD.
Things to Consider Before Using Adobe Premier Elements
- While iMovie offers a wide range of features, it is designed for educational and home users and does not include more advanced features such as color control or some of the advanced editing capabilities available in professional video editing applications.
- You need to have a basic understanding of the difference between an iMovie project file and an exported movie file, since the project file cannot be uploaded to a course Web space or distributed for playback by others.
- Short film projects typically require several gigabytes of storage space during the editing process, which can take place over several days. You should plan for this need before you begin your project.
- Third party applications may be needed to convert digital video files created with iMovie into other video formats, such as Real or Windows Media.
- Additional hardware may be needed to import video from a VHS tape or DVD; copy-protection may be present on commercial videos, preventing digitization of these materials.
Uses as an Instructional Technology
Preparation of short clips for streaming or download
Instructors can use iMovie to select excerpts or clips of video content for in-depth analysis or to illustrate key points. These clips can be exported in streaming or downloadable formats, then uploaded to a course Web space, such as woodle, for viewing by members of the class.
Editing platform for original student films
Individual students or collaborative groups can use iMovie to digitize footage, edit their films, and export the final product to iPod, streaming or DVD format. iMovie’s easy-to-use features make it an ideal application for students who have not had formal training in video editing.
Digitizing classroom video footage
Instructors who use a digital video camera to record classroom activities such as lectures, student presentations and performances can use iMovie to process the video, add introductory titles and export to iPod, streaming or DVD format.
Resources at Wooster
- iMovie is available for use in the Taylor 205 lab.
- Support for iMovie and other video editing projects is offerred by Instructional Technology.
- Click here for docuementation on iMovie
The content on this page was derived from webpages maintained by the Duke University Center for Instructional Technology