How To Use iMovie Tutorial Guide

Trying to learn how to use iMovie? We’re glad to help!

Here is an easy 4 step screenshot breakdown to get you started in less than 5 minutes.
(BONUS: Make sure to check out our tutorial on how to turn on hidden advanced features in iMovie)


STEP 1: Name Your Project and Set The Aspect Ratio

When you first launch iMovie, you will see this screen (screenshot below). This will allow you to start a new “Project”.

Think of your “Project” as the video that you are trying to create.

Whatever you plan on calling your video, that’s what you will call this iMovie Project Name.


iMovie also allows you to choose the “Aspect Ratio” of your video.

For the aspect ratio, make sure to choose Widescreen (16:9).


This is the official standard aspect ratio and will make your final product look best on widescreen HD TV’s.


We highly encourage you to download the “How to Use iMovie- Tutorial Guide” 4-Step Checklist.
It will help you speed up the editing process for every one of your videos.

Got your 4-step checklist?

Great. Now, let’s move on…


STEP 2: Choose a Theme in the Menu

The themes that iMovie offers are interesting. Each one is like an animated video template giving your video a style or particular flavor that you’re trying to convey to the viewer.

We suggest playing with themes by choosing one that interests you the most.

(Don’t worry, you can always switch to a different theme or turn off the Theme all together if you don’t like it.)


The “Automatically Add Transitions and Slides” is a good option if you are trying to create a slideshow.

But if you’re creating a video, it’s best NOT to use this option. We advise not to use this because turning it off is a manual process which can be tedious and time consuming.


STEP 3: File > Import Movies to Get Footage Into iMovie

iMovie likes to have all of its footage imported directly into the program so that it can manage all of the media in the background.

To get your video clips into iMovie, you’ll need to go up to the “File” in the menu bar and select “Import” > “Movies…”


From here, you will choose the video files that you would like to import into iMovie using the Finder window.



STEP 4: Drag Clips Into the Timeline

Once you’ve got your clips loaded into the iMovie project database, select which clips you would like to add into your video.
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Next, click on those clips, drag, and drop it into the timeline above. 

What you are doing is building a video “timeline” that lets you cut from one video clip to the next whenever you want.


And that’s how you build your video inside of the iMovie interface!



Please let us know if you have any questions or tutorial requests in the comments section below!
We’re always here to help out iMovie users like you.

In case you missed it earlier…




Make sure to check out our tutorial on how to turn on hidden advanced features in iMovie.

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