Software & Apps Design iMovie 10 Video-Editing Tools Tips on using some powerful features by Gretchen Siegchrist Writer Gretchen Siegchrist is a professional videographer who enjoys helping amateurs master the basics of desktop video. our editorial process Gretchen Siegchrist Updated on November 05, 2020 Design Animation & Video 3D Design Graphic Design Tweet Share Email iMovie 10 for Mac or iOS is a powerful video-making tool, letting you easily create your own movie masterpieces to share. To get the most out of iMovie, here are some important editing and effects tools that will take your projects to the next level. iMovie requires macOS 10.15.6 or later. If you're using iMovie on an iOS device, you'll need iOS 14.0 or later. iMovie Video Effects and Editing Tools iMovie offers an array of editing tools that change how your video footage looks. You'll find many of these tools via their icons in the upper-right toolbar of your screen, while others are accessible from the main menu. Select a clip or clips, and then try these tools to make overall improvements to your project: Color Balance Select Color Balance to fix any color issues. Choose from Auto to autocorrect, Match Color, White Balance, or Skin Tone Balance. Color Correction Select Color Correction to adjust your color further. Cropping Select Cropping to choose from a variety of image cropping options, including Crop to Fill and Ken Burns. Stabilization Select Stabilization and then choose to Stabilize Shaky Video or Fix Rolling Shutter to reduce motion distortion. Volume Select Volume to adjust the volume on a clip or clips. Noise Reduction and Equilizer Select Noise Reduction and Equalizer to reduce background noise and change equalizer settings. Speed Select Speed to adjust the speed options for your video clip or clips. Speed the clips up, and you can tell a long story or show a detailed process in a matter of seconds. Slow the clips down and you can add emotion and drama to any scene. In addition to slowing down, accelerating, and reversing clips, iMovie makes it easy to add freeze frames or create instant replay from any part of your video. These options are also accessible via the Modify drop-down menu at the top of the screen. Filter Select Filter to instantly apply a variety of clip filters, including Black & White, Duotone, Raster, and much more. This tool also lets you select from a variety of audio effects, including Robot, Cosmic, Echo Delay, and more. Enhance To quickly add automatic general enhancements to your image, go to the Modify menu, and select Enhance. Precision Editing in iMovie Most of the tools in iMovie are designed to work automatically, and this is usually all you need. But sometimes, you may want to be more careful and apply precision to every video frame. iMovie's Precision Editor lets you adjust the location and length or transitions. It also lets you see the whole length of a clip, so you know how much you're leaving out, so you can easily adjust the included part. Access the iMovie Precision Editor from the Window menu. Moving Between iMovie and FCP X You can do a lot of detailed editing in iMovie, but if your project gets really complicated, you'll have a smoother time editing it in Final Cut Pro. Luckily, Apple has made it simple to move projects from one program to the other. From the File menu, select Send Movie to Final Cut Pro. This will automatically copy your iMovie project and video clips and create associated files that you can edit in Final Cut. Once you're in Final Cut, precision editing is much easier, and you'll have more options for making adjusting the video and audio in your project.