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iMovie for Mac

  • Free
  • In English
  • V 10.2.5
  • 3.1
  • (2082)
  • Security Status

Free entry-level video editing app

iMovie is a free entry-level video editing app for macOS. User-friendly and designed to work seamlessly across all your Apple devices, iMovie makes it easy to turn your home videos into polished films. While it may lack the sophistication of other, more advanced software, iMovie for Mac is a great choice for first-time video editors and would-be home movie directors.

How do I get iMovie on my Mac?

It's easy to download iMovie. Being a native Mac app, the iMovie download comes from the official Apple Store. Like all Apple apps, the install is straightforward and, in a matter of seconds, you’ll find yourself ready to get started.

Upon opening on a Mac computer, users are greeted with a simple black interface with menu items running along the top. iMovie only shows you the basic tools you need at this moment, keeping the interface clutter-free.

The app should open on the Projects List screen, from where you can begin to create your first movie. Simply click on the Create New box and choose between making a movie of videos, photos, and music or following a template to create a Hollywood-style movie trailer.

You will then be taken to the Project Interface, where you can begin importing footage and editing your movie. Users can import media either on their computer or from an external drive or camera.

iMovie doesn’t offer any tutorials for beginners, as some other video editing programs do. Rather, tooltips appear as users mouse over specific buttons and features. Useful how-to guides are also available via the Help menu. Total beginners might struggle initially when using iMovie over other software with more explicit tutorials.

What can iMovie do?

iMovie gives you the basic editing tools needed to put together a movie from your set of imported video clips, allowing you to cut and paste bits of them together. You can then add transitions, titles, backgrounds, soundtracks, and audio. There is even a green screen and blue screen support if you want to start playing with special effects.

There are also lots of trailers and templates to choose from that will help make your movie look more professional.

Adding soundtracks or audio to your creations is fairly simple thanks to integration with iTunes, although we would love to see easier access to a library of copyright-free audio content. Images can also be easily imported from iPhoto and the Photos app, while there is a Voiceover button to allow you to easily add narration.

You can save your edits and changes in digital format, including 4K resolution for super high-quality movies.

iMovie can be fussy with formats. It works best with DV format films and trying to import other formats may not work - we had some issues with MP4 files compatibility. It will, however, work perfectly with footage shot on Apple devices, so format issues for Apple users looking to create movies from their iPhone-shot videos shouldn't be a problem.

We also found that the playback with spacebar function would sometimes stop working while at times the whole program would freeze up, forcing us to have to quit and start again. Luckily iMovie regularly autosaves projects, meaning we didn't lose any work, but it was annoying.

Good for beginners, pros might want more

iMovie is aimed toward total beginners, although first-time editors will need to spend some time getting to grips with how exactly a movie should be pieced together. It also uses lots of specialized terminologies that first-time users might not be familiar with.

Using iMovie does require some patience in the initial stages of use but thanks to its simple, intuitive functionality, it's a pretty quick learning curve. You'll be surprised to find you can quite swiftly produce a basic first movie.

Once you have created several movies and gotten to know all the functionality available, you might start to find iMovie for Mac a little limited. Advanced video editors will certainly find that it lacks specialist editing functions, while others might find the included templates a little prescribed.

It's important to remember, however, that iMovie is geared toward beginners for creating simple video projects. Once you find you need more professional-quality editing software, moving onto Final Cut Pro X might be a good next step. Alternatively, Lightworks is a very sophisticated editing program. For an industry-standard alternative, users might like Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

Is iMovie good enough for YouTube?

If you are just starting as a creator on Youtube, iMovie is a great choice. It features an integrated YouTube uploader to publish your creations online instantly. We did, however, sometimes find this fails to upload properly or doesn't tag the video correctly.

You can also email your creations, share them to Vimeo or prepare the video for Facebook, although you will have to upload it yourself separately.

Can you get iMovie on a Windows computer?

iMovie is only available for Mac/iOS; Apple hasn't released a Windows version of iMovie nor announced any intention to develop iMovie for PC. Given that Windows Movie Maker is now discontinued, Windows users looking for an alternative to iMovie might like the simple and practical layout of Filmora Video Editor. There is also Filmora Video Editor for Mac available for macOS users.

Great first option for video editors

iMovie is a free video editing app exclusively available through the Apple Store. Its clean and elegant interface, and simple functionality, are well-suited for beginners looking to create their first movie. First-time users may find its lack of tutorials challenging initially, they will quickly get to grips with the app's main features.

iMovie is a great entry-level desktop application that can turn your footage and photos into impressive productions. While it lacks some of the formats and features supported in other programs, its simplicity and constraint are actually part of its appeal to beginners.

With a streamlined design and intuitive editing features, iMovie lets you enjoy your videos and tell stories like never before.

Browse your video library, share favorite moments, and create beautiful movies that you can edit at resolutions up to 4K. You can even start editing movies on an iPhone or iPad, and finish them on a Mac. And when your movie is ready for its big premiere, you can enjoy it on all your devices in iMovie Theater.

Browse and share video
• See all your video clips and photos organized in one place
• Quickly share a clip or a portion of a clip
• Background import lets you begin watching and sharing video instantly

Make Hollywood-style trailers
• Choose from 29 trailer templates with stunning graphics and original scores by some of the world’s top film composers
• Customize movie studio logos, cast names, and credits
• Select the best videos and photos for your trailer with the help of animated drop zones

Create beautiful 4K and HD movies
• Edit movies at up to 4K resolution with video from iPhone 6s, GoPro, and other Ultra HD cameras on compatible Macs
• Support for 1080p HD video at 60 frames per second for smoother, more life-like action shots
• Import movies and trailers created using iMovie on iPhone or iPad to finish them on your Mac
• Enhance your movie by adding titles, transitions, and 3D globes and travel maps
• Speed up and slow down the action with fast-forward and slow-motion effects
• Create sophisticated picture-in-picture, side-by-side, and green screen effects
• Create a soundtrack using built-in music and sound effects, songs from your iTunes library, songs you’ve recorded in GarageBand, and your own narration

Fine-tune every clip
• Instantly improve the look and sound of your video using one-click Enhance
• Give your video a boost with easy-to-use color controls
• Stabilize shaky video for a smoother picture that’s easier to watch
• Automatically zoom in on faces and glide across panorama photos with the Ken Burns Effect
• Choose from 48 fun video and audio effects

Watch anywhere with iMovie Theater
• Fill iMovie Theater with posters as you share clips, movies, and trailers
• Access iMovie Theater on all your devices with iCloud
• Enjoy iMovie Theater on your HDTV with Apple TV

Share with friends and family
• Email videos with Mail Drop when signed in to iCloud
• Share directly to YouTube at up to 4K resolution
• Publish movies directly to Facebook and Vimeo
• Share any video frame as an image

iOS Developers: Create App Previews for the App Store
• Import iPhone and iPad screen recording videos captured with QuickTime Player
• Highlight features with 11 animated titles designed to showcase apps in action
• Export finished videos using the App Preview share option

PROS

  • User-friendly interface
  • Good option for beginners
  • Organized layout design
  • Lots of templates to choose from
  • Share videos directly from within the software
  • Integration with iTunes and iPhoto
  • Makes your raw footage look professional

CONS

  • No tutorials or wizards for total beginners
  • Fussy when importing formats
  • Periodically freezes up
  • Limited storage available
  • YouTube uploader can be temperamental
  • Limited functionality for advanced users

iMovie for Mac

  • Free
  • In English
  • V 10.2.5
  • 3.1
  • (2082)
  • Security Status

User reviews about iMovie

  • Saneylabs Mateo

    by Saneylabs Mateo

    i cannot update my imovie?
    what must i do now i'm using macbook pro late 2011 model.

  • Don Kap

    by Don Kap

    it's funny and helpfull it's full of options and helps in creating good films thankyou

  • Jann Vicente

    by Jann Vicente

    so easy to use, great features really make my life easy with very happy result of the videos and picture.

  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous

    MovieMator is similar to iMovie and it is totally free..
    MovieMator is similar to iMovie and it is totally free. iMovie can not be downloaded as More

  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous

    imovie has been a miserable experience for me.
    I loved imovie when I first started using it, but then it started crashing, and now, it is unusab More


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