iMovie for the iPad
Before creating an iMovie, it is suggested that you gather any photos, illustrations, and text you would like to use in your iMovie. This will make the movie-making process easier.
In iMovie, you may add text over a photo or video, but you cannot add text with just a blank background. To add text with a blank background, you need to use something such as Keynote (current price $9.99).
To create a text slide in Keynote:
- Tap the '+' in the top left corner
- Tap 'Create Presentation'
- Select which Theme to use. I suggest White, Black or Gradient.
- Create slide with text needed
- Push 'Play' button in the top right corner
- Take a Screenshot of the Slide while in 'Play' mode. To Take a Screenshot, press and hold in Power button and Home button on your iPad. Release both simultaneously. Screen will flash and you should hear a camera shutter sound. The screenshot will save to your Camera Roll on the iPad.
- The image in your Camera Roll will now be available to add to your iMovie.
Creating Your iMovie on the iPad:
iMovie Home Screen
iMovie Project View
- Click ‘+’ to start a New Project. You will select a new Movie.
- Tap to select a new movie theme. These themes can be changed later. I would start with the ‘Simple’ theme.
- Tap ‘Create Movie’ in the top right corner to begin your movie.
- Once you start a new project, iMovie will automatically save your work. Project titles are defaulted to 'My Movie.' You can change the name of the project on the Home Screen.
- Tap ‘Video,’ ‘Photos,’ or ‘Audio’ in the top right box of the screen to add media.
- Tap the camera button to take a picture or record video directly in iMovie. WARNING: Media created this way will not be saved in your Camera Roll.
- Tap the photos and/or video you want to add to your movie. They will fall into the timeline at the bottom of your screen in the order you select them. You may rearrange the order later if needed. For videos, you will have to hit the arrow that appears when you tap on it for it to go into the timeline.
- The white line in the timeline is the current location if you were to play video, add media, add narration, etc.
- You may scroll through media added in the timeline to see the order in which they were placed.
- To move media to another location, hold down on the picture/video in the timeline. It will pop up and then you can drag it to the new location.
- To playback your movie at any time during editing, press the play button in the preview pane.
- Tap once on a photo to edit the length of time it shows in the movie. Drag the yellow lines in or out to change the length.
- Tap on a piece of media and press the trash can in the bottom right corner to delete from the timeline or tap and hold, then drag out of the timeline to delete.
- Tap once on a piece of media to add text to it. To add text, tap on ‘Titles’ at the bottom of the screen. Tap to select a title style. To change where the title appears on screen, tap Center or Lower. In the movie, tap the sample title and type a new title.
- To add narration,drag your timeline where you want the narration to begin. Press the microphone button to start recording.
- Tap ‘Record’ to start.
- You have a three second countdown before recording begins.
- Tap ‘Stop’ to stop recording.
- You can Cancel, Retake, Review, or Accept the recording.
- The recording will be added to the timeline below the media. It will be purple.
- You can tap on the recording to change the volume level and speed of the audio, as well as trim the audio clip.
- You can also hold and drag the recording clip to move to another location in the movie.
- Theme music can also be added to your movie. The theme music will play in the background of your movie. When narration occurs, the theme music volume will be lowered in the background.
- Tap ‘Audio’ to add theme music.
- Select theme music.
- You can preview the music by pressing the play button to the right of the music title.
- Tap on the arrow to add to your movie. It will automatically loop during the length of your movie.
- The theme music will be added to the timeline. It will be green.
- After you have added all media, narration, and theme music for your movie and it is ready for publishing, you will go back to the iMovie home screen to rename your movie.
- To return to the home screen, tap ‘Done’ at the top of the screen.
- To rename that project, tap the ‘My Movie” name and rename. Press 'Done' on your keyboard when you are finished.
Saving a iMovie
- To save the movie, you will need to first save the video to your iPad. The suggested size is ‘Medium-360p.’ The video will be exported to your Camera Roll.