Software & Apps Design How to Enable iMovie Advanced Tools Both iMovie 10.x and iMovie '11 have advanced tools by Tom Nelson Writer Tom Nelson is an engineer, programmer, network manager, and computer network and systems designer who has written for Other World Computing,and others. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Tom Nelson Updated on March 26, 2020 Design Animation & Video 3D Design Graphic Design Tweet Share Email Video editing applications iMovie 10 and iMovie '11 from Apple have many advanced features. Some of these features are difficult to find, and some aren't visible until you need them. This keeps the user interface uncluttered, which you'll appreciate after you learn where to look for the advanced editing tools. Instructions in this article apply to iMovie 10 and iMovie '11 on a Mac. iMovie '11 was released in 2010 as part of the iLife '11 software bundle. Apple released the completely redesigned iMovie 10 three years later and has updated it regularly ever since. That means iMovie 10 is newer than iMovie '11, which causes some confusion. iMovie 10 iMovie 10, which is a free download for all Mac users, expands the options for sharing an iMovie via social media and includes themes from the iOS version. iMovie 10 also includes picture-in-picture, cutaways, green-screen effects, transitions, and a method to create movie trailers. Accessing iMovie 10 Advanced Tools The iMovie 10's Preferences menu doesn't contain an option to Show Advanced Tools. The advanced tools are located in a toolbar above the large thumbnail image in the editor. The row of icons above the large thumbnail image includes many advanced capabilities: A magic wand performs automatic video and audio correctionTitle settings for entering and editing textColor balanceColor correctionCroppingStabilizationVolumeNoise reduction and equalizationSpeedClip filter and audio effectsClip information You may not see all of these tools at the same time, depending on the type of clip you are working on. Some of the older advanced tools (such as the green screen) are only visible after you use them. Adding a new, overlapping clip to your timeline causes a drop-down menu to appear. This menu provides options for how two overlapping clips should be processed: Cutaway, green/blue screen, split-screen, or picture-in-picture. Depending on the options you choose, additional controls display, such as positioning, softness, borders, shadows, and more. iMovie '11 iMovie '11 is a consumer-oriented video editor. It offers easy-to-use tools on the surface, but it also has some advanced tools. The most useful advanced tool is keywords. Use keywords to organize your videos and to make videos and video clips easier to find. You can also use Advanced Tools to add comments and chapter markers to projects, create green screens and blue screens to superimpose video clips, replace a video clip with another video clip of the same length, and add picture-in-picture clips to a video. How to Turn on Advanced Tools in iMovie '11 To turn on Advanced Tools, go to the iMovie menu, select Preferences > Show Advanced Tools, then close the iMovie Preferences window. Two new buttons appear to the right of the Horizontal Display button in the top right corner of the Project browser window: Comment tool: This is the left one. Drag it to a video clip to add a comment, like adding a sticky note to a document.Chapter Marker: This is the right button. Drag it to each place in a video that you want to mark as a chapter. There are two other new buttons are on the horizontal menu bar that splits the iMovie window in half: The Pointer (arrow): Closes any tool that is currently open.The Keyword (key): Adds keywords to videos and video clips to make it easier to organize them.