iMovie 10 - Get Started Video Editing!

Welcome to iMovie! If you already have a Mac, it's the simplest way to get started editing new video projects.

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Starting a New Project in iMovie 10

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When you open up iMovie 10 to start a new video editing project, you'll see your event libraries (where raw video files are stored and organized) in a column along the lefthand side of the window. There will be a library for your iPhoto files, where you can access photos and videos to use in iMovie. Any old events and projects that you've created or imported from previous versions of iMovie should also be visible.

Any edited iMovie projects (or a new, empty project) will be shown in the bottom center of the window, and the viewer (where you'll watch clips and preview projects) is in the top center. 

The downward arrow in the top left or the bottom center is for importing media, and the plus sign is for creating a new project. You can take either of those actions to get started on a new editing project. Importing is straightforward, and most types of video, image, and audio files are accepted by iMovie.

When you create a new project, you'll be offered a variety of "themes." These are templates for titles and transitions that will automatically be added to your edited video. If you don't want to use any of the themes, just select "No Theme."

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Adding Footage to Your iMovie Project

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Before you can add footage to your project in iMovie 10, you'll need to import the clips. Use the import button. Or, if the footage is already in iPhoto or another event library, you can find it and add it to your iMovie project. 

When adding clips to a project, you can select the whole or part of a clip. You can also get an auto-selection of 4 seconds from iMovie if you want easy editing. It's simple to add the selections directly to your project, either using the drag-and-drop function, or with the E, Q, or W keys.

Once a clip is in your editing sequence, it can be moved around by dragging and dropping, or extended by clicking on either end. You can also add video and audio effects to any of the clips in your project (you can access any of these tools by selecting the clip within your project, and then clicking on Adjust in the bar at the top right of the iMovie window).

You can also add transitions, sound effects, background images, iTunes music and more to your iMovie projects. All of this is accessible through the content library on the bottom left of the iMovie screen.

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Sharing Videos From iMovie 10

iMovie 10 Video Sharing screenshot

When you're done editing, share your video. Use Theater, email, or iTunes, or export a Quicktime or Mp4 file that will be stored on your computer or in the cloud. You don't need any kind of special account or access to share your file in one of these ways, and you'll be given video encoding options so you can optimize the quality and size of your file.

To share using YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, or iReport, you'll need an account with the corresponding site and internet access. If you're going to share the video automatically online, you should save a backup copy to your computer.

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