To celebrate the release of the Epic Guide to iMovie for iOS here are 15 tips and tricks to help you master pro mobile editing in 2017 using iMovie for iPhone & iPad.

15. Quick Scrub your Clips

In the Video pane of the Media Library, you can tap and hold on any video – then drag, to quickly scrub through and preview it.

14. Quick Snap to Project Start/End

To snap the Playhead to the beginning of the timeline, tap and hold on the left hand side of interface – and to move the Playhead to the end of the sequence, tap and hold on the right hand side.

13. Use the Split Gesture

To quickly split a clip in the timeline, position the playhead over the frame you want to split, tap once to select it, and swipe down.

12. Quick Add a Freeze Frame

Swipe up over a selected clip to create a freeze frame which lasts for 2 seconds by default. To change the length of the freeze frame, tap the SPEED icon and the freeze-frame will become highlighted allowing you to drag the start and end points. To remove a freeze frame, tap RESET.

11. Import Video from iTunes

If you have video files on your computer that you want to quickly transfer to iMovie for editing, launch iTunes, and drag and drop your video clips to iMovie under the File Sharing pane. Launch iMovie, tap the Import Icon, then iTunes, and tap to import your clips. You can add them to an existing project or copy them to a new one.

10. Apply Project Filters for Hollywood looks

If you want a constant look across all clips in your project tap the Settings Cog, and select a Project Filter which will instantly be applied to all current and future clips added to your timeline.

9. Rotate Clips in the Viewer

You can quickly rotate a clip in the viewer in increments of 90 degrees by twisting with two fingers — clockwise or counter clockwise.

8. Use 3D Touch in iMovie for iPhone

iMovie for iPhone supports 3D touch on compatible iPhones. Hard press on the iMovie icon to quickly open a project or create a new one, and in the Projects Browser you can hard press on a Project to preview it and then swipe up to Edit, Share or Delete it.

7. Apply Audio Fades

To fade your audio in and out in iMovie for iPhone & iPad, tap to select a clip, then tap detach to seperate the clips audio on to its own track. Now tap the Audio Button and select Fade to reveal the fade handles which can be dragged in to adjust the length of the fade.

6. Reframe your Shots

You can reframe a clip selecting it in the timeline, then tapping the Magnifying glass in the Viewer. Pinch in and out to zoom, and drag to reframe. This technique can be used to make vertically shot video fill the frame.

5. Import DSLR Footage

Did you know that iMovie running on an iPhone 6s or later can easily edit 4k DSLR footage? There are two ways to import your DSLR video into iMovie. Either with Apple’s SD Card reader which will automatically launch the Photos import window when inserted. Or using Apple’s Camera Connection Kit which allows you to attach your camera via its USB cable, as well as ethernet adaptors, wired keyboards, mics and MIDI keyboards. Once your import is complete, your clips are ready to be imported into iMovie for editing.

4. Use iMovie in the Photos App

Once you have iMovie downloaded on your iOS device, you can make powerful non-destructive edits from right from within your Photos app using the iMovie extension.

Simply select a video and then tap Edit in the upper right > then tap MORE OPTIONS > and if iMovie doesn’t appear, just tap MORE and add it along with any other available Video Editing Extensions and tap DONE. Now tap the iMovie icon. You can MUTE the clip audio, make trims, add FILTERS and animated titles as well as music from either iMovie’s royalty free Theme Music Library, or from your Music library. To accept all changes tap DONE in the upper right. As any edits performed using the iMovie extension are non-destructive, you can revert to your original clip by tapping EDIT, then REVERT in the lower right, and select REVERT TO ORIGINAL.

3. Use Theme Transitions

By default iMovie applies a cross dissolve transition between clips which can be changed by tapping to select the transition. If you select the Theme transition, the transition associated with your currently selected theme will be applied, however you can choose between 7 different themes under Settings. After tapping Done, the transition is automatically updated.

2. Be More Productive with Keyboard Shortcuts

iMovie supports both wireless and wired keyboards via the camera connection kit. Hold the Command Key down on the iPad to reveal a shortcut list, and these will work on the iPhone as well. Some handy shortcuts include pressing C to select the clip under the playhead. Pressing Command-B to split it. And using the left and right arrows to progress one frame at a time for making super fine edits.

1. Enable 60fps Export

iMovie for iOS does allow you to export video at 60fps, however by default this option isn’t enabled. To turn it on, open Settings and navigate to iMovie and tap to open. Enable 60fps export, and now if you open a Project that includes video recorded at 60 frames per second, when you tap Share and Save Video, your native frame rate will be preserved upon export.


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