imovieiosicon.jpegiMovie for iPad
Web Site to Download the App:

Cost: $4.99 (available for volume purchase at a lesser cost if purchased in bulk)
Tutorial on iMovie for iPad from YouTube: (watch at right) or follow this link:

The editing screen is very similar to iMovie on the Mac for those users who are familiar with the desktop/laptop version and is split into three different screens. On the bottom of the screen, you will find the timeline, on the top left is the available media, and a video preview of the project/video is located in the top right. The “My Projects/Project Directory screen is designed to look like a vintage movie theater.

Previewing Clips: You can preview clips by dragging your finger across them and trim the edges before adding to your project.
Moving Clips: To move clips around in your timeline, simply drag to position the clip where you want and drop it.
Splitting Clips: If you want to split a clip, position the cursor, select the clip, and swipe down along the cursor.
Record Video: Tap the record Button to easily record audio and video directly into the timeline.

Themes: iMovie is preloaded with eight themes, each of which comes with its own title screen format, transitions, and theme music
Sound Effects: iMovie comes with a bank of sound effects that can be added to movies.

imovie_ipad_gallery1_20110302.jpgSharing: Sharing your movies is a simple task, as iMovie has built in the ability to send finished projects directly to YouTube, Facebook, and Vimeo. Just tap the share icon from the projects screen and make your selection.

How to Use iMovie on iPad 2

Guided Tour: iPad 2 Guided Tours
Help Site for iMovie: Apple's iMovie Help site.
Information Button/Help Button: When you see the question mark icon, you can click it and receive help or information about the available tools:

Please Note: Users of previous version of iMovie on the desktop/laptop must realize that the ios version of iMovie is not an advanced editing tool and does not contain as many features or controls as the more robust desktop version.

Getting Started:
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Step #1: Tap the iMovie app icon on the Home screen and the iMovie app will open and any videos you've taken are displayed as thumbnails (see at right)

Step #2: On the screen that appears, tap the New button (Plus Sign) in the top right corner to begin a new project. (if you wanted to edit an existing project you would simply double tap the video clip)

Imovie Main Screen with Labels
Imovie Main Screen with Labels
Step #3: You new project will open and you can simply double-tap the video camera to begin recording or open existing clips or pictures using the corresponding icons

  • If you want to create a slideshow with still photos rather than video, tap the Camera button and your stored photos are listed instead.imovie-project.png

  • To undo any action, tap the Undo button.Tap the storyboard to scroll through your video frames.
Step #4: The long vertical line (red or white) that sits on the project line is called the playhead. This line indicates where your next action (such as playing video or adding transitions, adding pictures/video, etc.) begins.

When Working with Video Clips: imovie-video-yellow.png
  • When recording, the clip appears to the right of the first one (previous recording) in the storyboard.
  • To use existing video clips, tap the "video" tab in the top right corner and select by tapping the clip. (it will have yellow handles when selected) Adjust the yellow handles to select the portion of the video you would like and then tap the "down arrow" to insert the video into your project at the current position of the playhead.
  • If you want to add music to your videos, tap the Audio tab and tap a music option (see below)
  • The option of sound effects, music in your iPod library, or theme music becomes available. You can also drag the item to the timeline to make it a background track or associate it with a specific clip

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  • Tap the Settings button (it looks like a gear) in the lower right corner to open a menu that lets you adjust settings for playing theme music, looping the music to play continuously, and using a special effect to fade your movie in or out at the beginning and end (see at right)

Recording Audio Clips:
  • To record an audio narration, scroll to the point in the movie where you want it to be hear
  • Tap the Microphone button.
  • Tap the Record button, wait for the countdown to complete, and then record.
  • When you're done recording, tap Stop.

  • Tap Review to hear your recording or Discard or Retake if you're not completely happy with it. Click Accept to save the recording when you're done.
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  • Edit the transitions between clips by tapping them (up an down arrows between clips in your project timeline) and selecting the duration and type of transition you would like.
    • You will only get the transitions and durations when you have tapped the transition between clips
    • Preset transitions will depend on the theme you have selected for your project
  • Rearrange and cut segments out of clips. by tapping and dragging or by tapping to select and dragging your finger up the pink line to split the selected clip.
  • Play around with the app to see the possibilities using photos from your iPhoto library and the Ken Burns effect by selecting start and end points for the movement of your picture.

Adding Titles to Your Project

  • Add Titles to your movie by double tapping a clip on the timeline and selecting the "T" icon in the lower right corner. (see below)

  • Select a title option (the ones that default depend on the theme selected)
  • Drag over the text that appears in the preview (see below) to change the text, text color, font, etc.


Sharing Your Project

  • Your iMovie creation can be shared in a number of ways from email to YouTube to back to your computer through iTunes.
  • To Share Your movie
    • Navigate back to the opening screen on iMovie (back arrow in top left corner)
    • Tap the Share icon (it looks like a square with a rounded arrow--see below)
    • Select the share location (most schools either share to an existing classroom or school YouTube channel or to their Camera Roll for deciding later)