Start a New iMovie Project

New iMovie Project

If you're using iMovie for the first time, it can be overwhelming and confusing, but follow these simple steps and you'll be on your way to creating your first movie!

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Start a New iMovie Project

New iMovie Project

With iMovie open, go to File > New Project... or press Command+N. This will open the New Project pane.

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Name Your iMovie Project

Name Your iMovie Project

The first step is to name your new iMovie project. Choose something that's easy to identify. We also suggest including the date in your iMovie project title, so you can save and keep track of multiple versions.

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iMovie Project Aspect Ratio

iMovie Project Aspect Ratio

When starting a new project in iMovie, you must choose the aspect ratio — widescreen (16x9) or standard (4x3). Choose the format that most of your footage is in. If you shot HD, it'll be 16x9. If you shot standard, it might be either. If you're combining both formats in your projects, iMovie will adjust so everything looks good in the frame. We suggest formatting iMovie projects using 16x9 widescreen whenever possible because it's the default setting for new TVs and online video players.

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iMovie Project Frame Rate

iMovie Project Frame Rate

For every new iMovie project, you also have to choose a frame rate — 30 FPS NTSC, 25 FPS PAL or 24 FPS cinema. If you're in North America or have a camcorder made there, you'll want NTSC. If you're in Europe or have a camcorder made there, you'll want PAL. And if you have a special new camera that records 24 frames per second (you'll know who you are), choose that.

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iMovie Project Themes

iMovie Project Themes

Project themes include a set of stylized titles and transitions that can be automatically added to your video. Some of the themes are cheesy — but they can be a fun way to quickly edit your video.

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iMovie Movie Trailers

iMovie Movie Trailers

Movie trailers are templates that include titles, music and shot lists that turn your footage into authentic trailers for whichever genre you choose. It's a fun and easy way to make your iMovie project unforgettable.

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iMovie Auto Transitions

iMovie Auto Transitions

Auto transitions are available if you select No Theme for your new iMovie project. Any of the iMovie transitions are available, and whatever you select will be automatically added between every video clip.

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Create Your New iMovie Project

Create Your iMovie Project

When you've customized all your settings, you're ready to create your new iMovie project!