iMovie supports the following formats:
  • DV
  • DV Widescreen
  • HDV 1080i (25 and 30 fps)
  • HDV 720p (25 and 30 fps)
  • MPEG 4 Simple Profile
  • iSight

iMovie is compatible with the following:

  • iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 2, iPod nano (5th generation), and iPod touch (4th generation).
  • most Mini DV tape-based camcorders using DV and HDV formats.

Your iPhone and the Panasonic handheld cameras are very compatible with iMovie in terms of importing what you have filmed. IMPORTANT: If you are importing your footage from a handheld camera via an SD card, it is a good idea to first save your files to a folder on the computer. When you insert the SD card into your computer, save your footage from the screen that immediately pops up, NOT iMOVIE! Importing to iMovie is quicker when you are uploading directly from the computer as opposed to the camera itself.

If you experience difficulties importing video from another type of camera (i.e. Toshiba cameras or one from home) it is because your footage is in a format that is not compatible with iMovie. When this happens:
1. Save your video clips/files to the desktop.
2. See the Video Compatibility page for instructions on using Zamzar or Any Video Converter.

(for using iMovie on the MacBooks)

Importing your film to iMovie:

1. Connect your device (Camera, iPhone, etc.)
2. Create a New Project (File -> New Project)
3. When you create a New Project, you can select a theme for your movie. If you want to create a movie trailer scroll past the usual themes to the bottom.
4. Your clips should show up in the 'New Event' box at the bottom

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Piecing clips together:
1. At anytime, you can click on a clip and press SPACEBAR to play
2. Click on a clip and a box with a yellow outline should appear
3. Adjust the ends of the box to the left/right or move the entire box
according to how long you want that particular clip to be
4. Drag the clip (in the yellow box) up to the top
5. Continue to drag your clips up and REMEMBER TO FOLLOW YOUR STORYBOARD

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1. To adjust the color, double click on the clip and choose the 'Video' menu
2. To crop or zoom in/out, select clip and choose the crop tool
3. To adjust the audio, double click on the clip and choose the'Audio' menu.
You can:
- Adjust the volume
- Fade in/out
- Reduce background noise

Adding extras:

1. To add audio, photos, text, or transitions, choose the corresponding menu
-Audio: Possible background music
-Photos: Introduce your video or conclude it with a still photo
-Text: ADDING TITLES TO YOUR VIDEO IS A GREAT WAY TO GET YOUR POINT ACROSS. You can adjust what they say, how long they stay on the screen, and how they transition.

-Transitions: Make your film interesting
2. Drag the media on top of your clips in the top left box
3. After you drag it to the top, you can edit your media by double clicking
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1. To add voiceover, click on the microphone
2. Follow the onscreen instructions
and press the SPACEBAR to complete your recording

Movie Trailers:
1. iMovie offers 15 different movie trailer templates (comedy,
drama, romantic, etc.). Graphics and titles are designed to flash
across the screen and each trailer has its own soundtrack.
iMovie automatically adds transitions and trims your clips.
2. Simply select a template and drag your clips up.
NOTE: The templates do not allow for a ton of creativity, but they
are a great way to produce a quality video if you are
uncomfortable doing a lot of edits on your own!

Click here for a great article with step-by-step tips for creating a movie trailer.

1. The 'Clip' drop-down menu allows you to add special effects
2. Just remember to select your clip (in the top left box) first

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3. You can also do more advanced edits with each clips corresponding audio from the 'Clip' menu.
1. When your video is complete you must share and export your movie.
2. From the Share menu, select Export Movie.
3. On the next screen, you can choose 'Where' to save it. Make sure to save your movie to a file on your computer.
4. After saving, log in to your GoogleDrive.
5. Upload the movie.
The Google Apps page has tips for uploading.
6. From GoogleDrive you will be able to embed your movie to a wiki if necessary.

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(for using iMovie on an iPad)


Create a New Project:
1. Launch iMovie and you'll be presented with an old-style
American front-of-house movie theatre.
2. To create a new film, tap on the '+' button.
Choose the option to create a new Project.
3. All the clips stored on your iPad are available on the
top-left part of the interface:

- In the Video browser on the left side of the screen, tap to select the clip you
want to add, and tap it again to add it to your project. To see the Video browser in
portrait orientation, first tap the Video button (which looks like a single frame) .
- To add existing photos to your movie, tap the Photos button (which looks like a camera), tap a folder or
Event to find the photo you want to add, and tap the photo.
- To record video or take a photo directly into the project, tap the Camera (which looks like a video camera) button
and follow the onscreen instructions.


Preview and clip selection:
1. You can preview any clip in the top-right section of the
interface by dragging your finger over it.
2. To select a clip, tap on it. You can then drag the yellow handles
on either side inwards to only select part of your clip.
3. Then tap on the clip and it'll jump down into the timeline.

The Timeline:
1. The red line represents the playhead and the image shown
top-right of the screen is the frame that the playhead's over.
You move your project by dragging it to the left or the right.
2. You can further fine-tune your edit straight from the timeline.
3. Tap any clip to bring up yellow handles. Use them to add or
remove parts of that clip from your project.
4. To zoom in or out, move two fingers away or closer together.

Reordering, splitting, and rotating:
1. To change the order of clips, tap and hold on one. This removes it from the timeline. With a finger still touching the screen, you can move that clip to another position. If you release it while it's out of the timeline, it's removed from the project.
2. You can also perform more complex edits like inserting a new clip in the middle of an existing one: move the playhead over the clip then select it. Now, swipe down over the playhead to cut your clip in two. You can now insert a new clip in between those two parts.
3. To rotate a clip, tap your clip so it appear in the viewer. In the viewer, use your thumb and forefinger in a twisting motion over the clip to move it clockwise or counterclockwise. It may take a moment for your clip to appear rotated.

Working with transitions:
1. You can alter transitions by double-tapping on them.
2. You can choose between no transition (i.e, a straight cut),
to a cross dissolve, to one based on your chosen theme.
The transition icon changes to reflect your current choice.
3. You can also alter the duration. Select Theme, move the
playhead back a bit and press the Play button to preview.


Sharing your finished movie:
1. In Projects view (the movie theatre background where your
video is shown as a movie poster), select the share button.
2. Tap Camera Roll and select the size you want to export.
3. After saving your movie to Camera Roll, open up the GoogleDrive
app and sign in.
4. Upload your video from the Camera Roll to your drive.
5. You can also e-mail the movie to yourself if it is not too big by going to your Camera Roll and tapping the Share menu and then Mail.
5. In order to embed your iPad video to a wiki, you must use a
computer to access your drive and embed from there.

Apps to Use with iMovie:CamCool HD

Cost: Free Updated: April 29, 2013 Requirements: iPad iOS 6.0 or laterHow to use: This application allows you to film with filters (black and white, sepia) or effects (fishbowl, light tunnel, etc.)

1. When you open the app, you have 24 filters to choose from. Swipe between the pages to see your options.
2. Once you decide which filter you would like to use, tap it and your camera will open. If you decide you don't want to use this particular filter, tap the fan button in the bottom left corner and you will return to the opening screen.
3. You can toggle between camera and video camera in the bottom right corner.
4. Tap the shutter icon at the bottom when you are ready to take a picture/begin filming.
5. When you are done and ready to save, tap the gear icon at the bottom. It should be set to AutoSave to your Camera Roll.

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GreenScreen Movie FX
Cost: $1.99 Updated: November 30, 2012 Requirements: iPhone, iPod, iPad, iOS 4.3 or later
How to use: This application allows you to film as if you were using a green screen and insert different types of backgrounds into your movie.

**Blue backgrounds work best (try a wall of lockers) or smooth surfaces. You can tap the screen while its filming to try and get a more complete background.
1. When you open the app, you see a small video screen.
2. If you tap the film strip in the top left corner, you can choose from a variety of backgrounds. The Polaroid icon to its right will allow you to choose a picture from your Camera Roll as the background.
3. Tap the red circle to begin filming.
4. Press the Options gear to play your recorded videos, share or delete/manage them.
5. To share your video, press Options and choose your video from the list of any saved videos. Select the Share menu in the top right corner. Export your movie to the gallery (Camera Roll). From there you can upload it to your drive or import it into iMovie to begin editing.