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iMovie tutorials for TPA Certification

Video Tutorial:


Textual Walkthrough


iMovie Default Workspace

Click on the iMovie icon located in the Applications folder.
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This will open up the iMovie default workspace:

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Creating a project

To create a new project, from the top menu select File > New Poject.

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Name the project in the Project Name box.  
When prompted to select a theme, select None. 
Finally, click Create.

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Import a video

Importing your footage: 
From the top menu select File > Import > Movies.

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Next we will be taken to a box that will ask you where you want to import the file from. On the left side, there is a list of locations where you can search for the file you want. Once you have found the file, click on it and then select Import.

Note: Students who have (videos) in the following file formats will need to convert them to .mp4 in order to use iMovie:

  • .AVI
  • .WMV
  • .MTS
  • .MOD

Please come in during DML tutoring hours, see DML calendar, to receive help converting your videos or contact slevesque@uwb.edu to set up an appointment.


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The video will take a few moments to process. 
iMovie will open a popup that estimates the time remaining.

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When the importing process is complete, you will notice the imported footage on the bottom of the screen.

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Crop video

Select the footage for the project. Click and drag on a part of the footage to the right. This will create a yellow square that shows what you have selected and the duration of that clip. For example, the clip selected below is 20 seconds long.

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Hover the mouse over the clip selection until a hand icon appears. Click and drag the footage into the top left square or your new project. A green plus sign will appear when the clip is ready to be added to your project. Drop the clip and it will be added to your project. Notice, the clip is added to the project in the image below. The total length of the clip is described at the bottom of the window.

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Export video


To export the project, from the top menu select Share > Export Using Quicktime Movie.

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In the Save As box, type in the desired project name. 
Click on the down arrow to open an expanded list of places to export your project. Choose a location for the video to be saved. When you have completed these steps, click Save and it will begin to export the project.

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The down arrow shows an expanded list of places to export your project. 
Just click on the location on the left side where you want your video to be saved.

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An popup window will appear to estimate when the export will be completed.

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