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What is iMovie?

What is iMovie?

iMovie is a proprietary video editing software application of Apple and was originally released in 1999 as a Mac OS 8 application bundled with the first FireWire-enabled consumer Mac model – the iMac DV. Since version 3, iMovie has been an OS X-only application included with the iLife suite of Macintosh applications.

How to Get iMovie?

If you bought your Mac new from an Apple Store, it may already have iMovie. If you do not have iMovie, it is available as part of Apple’s iLife suite which can be purchased from Apple for $79 or $99.

A strength of iMovie is that it is not merely video edit software, it is video import software. iMovie will detect digital camcorders, digital cameras and analog-to-digital converter devices on your computer’s USB and / or FireWire ports and allow you to transfer footage to and from these devices. iMovie will allow you to review video from the source and import it to your Mac’s hard drive.

If the video can`t be natively supported by iMovie, you can use below software to convert video to iMovie:
iMovie Converter
XAVC to iMovie
1080P AVCHD to iMovie
MOD to iMovie
MXF to iMovie

Works with Applications
iMovie works effortlessly with other Apple applications including QuickTime, iDVD, iPhoto, iWeb, iTunes and with other Mac OS X applications.

Sync with Apple Devices
If you own an iPhone, iPod, or Apple TV you can use iMovie to save your movies in formats for use on these devices. Note that iTunes is used to sync to your iPhone or iPod.

iMovie Editing Functions
iMovie, as compared to other amateur market video editors, is easy to use and feature-heavy. iMovie employs a simple visual editing interface, which is toggled between clipboard and timeline style by the user. Clips can be dragged to the timeline / clipboard, where they can be cut, combined or edited with effects.

Transitions and Effects
As time goes on, the strength and variety of effects available in iMovie increases. The simplest of video effects are fades: fade in, fade out and cross-fade. There are film effects, such as sepia tone and black and white. There are also action effects, such as earthquake or lightning.

Titles / Text Effects
IMovie allows you to add text to your films. Text can be added over video or over black and there are a number of different text effects which are available, ranging from music video style to scrolling titles. Some text effects are more artful, such as falling letters or spinning text.

Photo and Audio
iMovie, as part of the iLife suite, is integrated with your iTunes and iPhoto libraries. It is simple to add music and pictures from your collection to enhance your movie. It also allows you to cut and edit music with audio fade effects. Photo integration features the “Ken Burns Effect,” a slow zoom on a still image.

iMovie has a range of export options once a project is finalized and saved. iMovie videos can be exported as simple QuickTime video files of various sizes to the local computer or to the internet or email. Completed films can also be exported to iDVD for integration into DVD projects and burning onto DVD-ROMs.

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