iMovie 10 Advanced Video Editing

iMovie 10 Opening Screen


 If you're interested in making your own video masterpieces with iMovie 10, these advanced editing tips and techniques will take your projects to the next level.

iMovie 10 Video Effects

iMovie video effects
iMovie offers a range of pre-set video effects, as well as the ability to manually adjust your images.


Editing in iMovie 10, you'll have lots of options for changing the way that your video footage looks. Under the adjust button (in the top right of the iMovie window) you'll see options for color balance, color correction, image cropping, and stabilization. These are basic effects that you may want to consider adding to any video clip, just to make overall improvements to how it comes out of the camera. Or, for easy adjustments, try the Enhance button, which will apply automatic improvements to your video clips.

In addition, there's an entire video effects menu that can change your footage to black and white, add an old-movie look and more.

Fast and Slow Motion in iMovie 10

Speed editor in iMovie
The iMovie speed editor makes it simple to slow down or speed up your clips.


 Adjusting the speed of your clips can really change the effect of your edited movie. 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 iMovie 10 you adjust the speed of the clips through the Speed Editor. This tool offers preset selections for speed, and also gives you the ability to reverse your clips. There's also a dragging tool at the top of any clip in the speed editor that you can use to adjust the length of a clip, and the speed will adjust appropriately.

In addition to slowing down, accelerating, and reversing clips, iMovie 10 makes it easy to add freeze frames or create instant replay from any part of your video. You can access these options through the Modify drop-down menu at the top of the screen.

Precision Editing in iMovie 10

iMovie precision Editor
The iMovie Precision Editor lets you make small, frame-by-frame edits to your projects.


Most of the tools in iMovie 10 are designed to work automatically, and for the most part, you'll have success just letting the program work its editing magic. But sometimes you want to be extra careful and apply precision to every frame of your video. If that's the case, you'll be happy to know about the iMovie precision editor!

With the precision editor, you can adjust the location and length or transitions in iMovie. It also lets you see the whole length of a clip, so you know how much you're leaving out, and you can easily adjust the part that is included.

You can access the iMovie precision editor by holding control while selecting a clip in your sequence, or through the Window the menu.

Overlapping Clips in iMovie

Overlapping video options in iMovie
iMovie lets your overlap two clips to create picture-in-picture or cutaway footage.


 iMovie uses a trackless timeline, so you can stack clips two clips on top of each other in your editing sequence. When you do this, you'll see a menu with video overlay options, including picture-in-picture, cutaway, or blue/green screen editing. These options make it simple to add b-roll to a project and incorporate multiple camera angles. 

Moving Between iMovie 10 and FCP X

Send iMovie project to FCP
If your project gets too complicated for iMovie, just send it over to Final Cut.


 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. All you need to do is select Send Movie to Final Cut Pro from the File drop-down menu. 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.