iMovie

iMovie 10.1.3

Apple's official video editing suite for Macs

iMovie is Apple's flagship program to create and edit movies on your Mac. User friendly, iMovie makes it easy to turn your home videos into polished films. View full description

PROS

  • Makes editing easy
  • Lots of templates to choose from
  • Integration with iTunes and iPhoto
  • Makes your raw footage look really polished

CONS

  • Fussy when importing formats
  • YouTube uploader can be tempramental

Excellent
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iMovie is Apple's flagship program to create and edit movies on your Mac. User friendly, iMovie makes it easy to turn your home videos into polished films.

Incredibly easy to use

 

iMovie works by importing your movie and then allowing you to cut and paste bits of it together, much as you would with a word processing application. Adding soundtracks is a breeze thanks to integration with iTunes, while images can be just as easily imported from iPhoto and the Photos app (it is even possible to apply an automatic Ken Burns effect to panoramic shots). There is also a Voiceover button below the viewer to allow you to easily add narration.

If you just want to cut something for YouTube, an integrated uploader makes sure your creations go online instantly, although I sometimes find this fails to upload properly or doesn't tag the video correctly. You can also email your creations, or share via. Youku and Tudou, in app.

Easy to add a touch of class

 

There are tons of trailers and templates for you to choose from that make your movie look far more polished than would ordinarily be possible. By the time you've finished, your raw film should look amazing. There is even green screen and blue screen support if you want to start playing with special effects.

iMovie can be fussy with formats - it works best with DV format films and trying to import other formats may not work (though Sony's XAVC-S and AVCHD are explicitly supported).

Not for Pros but great for the home user

 

Advanced video editors will find that iMovie lacks specialist editing functions but for most people, iMovie turns you into a pro with minimum effort.

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

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User reviews about iMovie

  • yitianeffect

    by yitianeffect

    "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 a stand-alone software from Apps... More.

    reviewed on September 1, 2016

  • behadul

    by behadul

    "Easiest professional-looking movie editor bar none."

    I have been using Macs for a while, and I admit I'm bias toward the programs Apple creates, usually with good reason. A... More.

    reviewed on July 3, 2012

  • mjcp12

    by mjcp12

    "imovie has been a miserable experience for me"

    I loved imovie when I first started using it, but then it sta... More.

    reviewed on May 30, 2012