iMovie tutorials for TPA Certification

Textual Walkthrough

iMovie Default Workspace

Click on the iMovie icon located in the Applications folder.

This will open up the iMovie default workspace:


Creating a project

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


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


Import a video

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


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 to set up an appointment.


Make sure "Optimize video" is unchecked. The video will take a few moments to process. 
iMovie will open a popup that estimates the time remaining.


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


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.


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.


Export video

To export the project, from the top menu select Share > iTunes


Your video will export with the same name as your project name. 
Choose "Large" or "HD 720p" depending on your video length and click "Publish".


iTunes will open up automatically.


In iTunes, click the upper left drop down menu that says "Music" and click "Movies"


In the middle, click "List".


Find your video. In most cases it will have a blue dot by it.


Left click and drag the video out of iTunes onto the desktop.



Your video is ready to be uploaded to Pearson!