The Epic Guide to iMovie for iOS 2017 (iPhone & iPad)
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The Epic Guide to iMovie for iOS 2017 (iPhone & iPad)

Learn to Edit Pro Video on your iPhone & iPad Using iMovie for iOS - From Beginner to Expert
4.7 (29 ratings)
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Created by Eliot Fitzroy
Last updated 12/2016
Price: $25
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
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  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion

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What Will I Learn?
  • How to edit professional video content on a mobile device
  • How to teach and train others to a high level on how to get the most out of iMovie for iOS
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  • You will need an iPhone or iPad running iOS 10
  • You will need iMovie for iOS installed on your device

Mobile video production is revolutionising filmmaking and journalism thanks to the powerful video capabilities of Apple's iPhone & iPad, which allows you to achieve results previously reserved for high-end desktop computers running expensive software - right in the palm of your hand.

Learn to Master iMovie for iOS and Produce Pro Video Content on your iPhone or iPad.

  • Learn essential media management and file sharing techniques
  • Identify the strengths/weaknesses of iMovie for iOS and the difference between iPhone & iPad versions
  • Import media from a range of source including high-end DSLR cameras in 4k
  • Make basic edits, apply transitions, titles and fx to bring your movie to life
  • Master advanced editing techniques including J & L Cuts; Split-screen; Picture-in-Picture; and Cutaways to B-Roll and more.
  • Record professional voice overs and sync externally recorded audio
  • Create Hollywood blockbuster style Trailers with ease
  • Export for PAL broadcast in 25fps using iMovie for Mac

Turn your Smartphone into a Powerful Video Production Suite

This course will teach you how to edit pro video content on your mobile device using iMovie for iOS that looks so good, your audience won't believe it was edited on an iPhone or iPad.

Who is this course for?

  • Filmmakers who want to liberate themselves from their desk and edit on the go
  • Mobile Journalists producing content for web and TV broadcast who want professional results
  • Teachers/Educators who want to equip their students with the skills to produce killer content using iMovie for iOS

Whether you're new to editing using iMovie for iOS, or an experienced filmmaker or mobile journalist already producing content wanting to implement more advanced editing techniques, this course has everything you need to excel.

How is this course structured?

I've designed The Epic Guide to iMovie for iOS to be the most comprehensive and in-depth training series available, and it's broken down into highly targeted bit-sized tutorials. You can choose to consume it as a traditional course (from beginning to end), or jump to exactly what you're looking for whether you want a refresher, or are already familiar with iMovie's basic functionality, and just want something more advanced. Each tutorial is clearly labeled allowing you to quickly find exactly what you need.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for Mobile Journalists (MOJO) who want professional results using iMovie for iOS
  • This course is for Mobile Filmmakers wanting a pro editor on their iPhone or iPad for full 4k video production
  • This is for Mobile Media Producers who want to edit pro video for social media and the web
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Curriculum For This Course
49 Lectures
Introduction to iMovie for iOS
5 Lectures 08:59

The Epic Guide to iMovie for iOS is the most comprehensive and in-depth training series available on how to edit HD video on your iPhone or iPad. Learn how to effectively utilise this course in this introductory video, depending on whether you are new to iMovie for iOS, or a seasoned user looking to gain new skills.

Preview 01:12

iMovie for iOS is a brilliant app, but there are three main things you need to consider when deciding whether this editor is right for you. By the end of this lesson you will be able to identify iMovie's strengths and weaknesses for mobile video production.

Preview 03:54

iMovie for iOS is virtually identical on both iPhone and iPad, but there a three key differences you need to be aware of: screen real estate; the precision editor; and the ability to show and hide audio waveforms.

iMovie on iPhone VS iPad - What are the main differences?

One of the best features of iMovie for iOS is that it can be used effectively in both portrait and landscape modes. This lesson will introduce to both orientations on the iPhone and iPad. Whilst this course is delivered in landscape mode on the iPhone 7 Plus, you are free to follow along using portrait mode if you prefer.

Portrait VS Landscape Mode
Transferring Your Media Ready for Editing
8 Lectures 17:21

File management is at the core of any professional editors workflow, and this is no different for mobile filmmakers using iMovie for iOS. Understanding the basics of iMovie file management is an important aspect of being a productive editor on the iOS platform, especially when it comes to managing your device’s available storage, and this lesson teaches you exactly where you can access and store media when using iMovie on your iPhone or iPad.

iMovie File Management Explained

In this lesson you'll learn how to utilise the Photos App to store your video for editing in iMovie. The Photos app is an obvious choice as anything filmed using the Camera App is automatically saved here, and many pro video apps such as FiLMiC Pro can be configured to save directly to the Photos app as well, making your clips instantly accessible in iMovie.

The Photos App

In this lesson you'll learn how to easily import video recorded on a camera or DSLR to an SD card by using Apple's SD Card Reader accessory.

Importing from a DSLR Using the Apple SD Card Reader

This lesson teaches you how to connect your iOS device or DSLR directly to your iPhone or iPad to import media using Apple's camera connection kit - a powerful accessory for iOS film production.

Importing Using the Apple Camera Connection Kit

Many 3rd party video, image and audio apps will allow you to easily send your media for editing in iMovie for iOS through two main avenues. By either saving from the app directly to the Photos app, or via the Open-In extension which will export directly to iMovie. In this lesson you'll learn how to use both to effectively send media for editing in iMovie.

Sending Media from 3rd Party Apps

iCloud drive is a great option for importing media into your iMovie projects as it is the closest you'll get to a desktop like editing experience, and can be used to import photos, video and audio files.

Importing from iCloud Drive

Did you forget your lightning cable and need to transfer video from your iOS device to a mac or another iPhone or iPad? No worries! You'll learn how to use Airdrop to wireless transfer projects and video files between devices.

Preview 02:42

Learn how to use iTunes File Sharing to quickly transfer video clips from your computer for inclusion in an iMovie for iOS project. This offers the fastest method to transfer video clips and project files to your iOS device.

Importing Using iTunes File Sharing
Editing in iMovie
20 Lectures 38:39

In this lesson you'll learn how each of iMovie's three main navigational browsers work.

The Video, Project and Theatre Browsers Explained

The project QuickStart browser is a really helpful feature that quickly lets you assemble a rough cut in second before performing more detailed edits. This tutorial teaches you how to use it to begin a new project.

Creating a New Movie Project Using Quick Start

This lesson teaches you the basics of importing three different media types into your iMovie for iOS project: video, stills and audio files.

Adding Media to your Project Timeline

In this lesson you'll learn the quickest way of getting video into your project timeline: by capturing directly within iMovie using Apple's camera app.

Using the iMovie Camera for direct capture

Learn how to effectively navigate your project's timeline in iMovie for iOS to be a more productive editor.

Navigating the Timeline

iMovie makes rearranging your clips incredibly easy, and is this tutorial you'll learn how to rearrange shots in you sequence, as well as how to quickly delete clips that are no longer needed.

Arranging & Deleting Clips

Learn how to trim; split; rotate; and duplicate your clips in iMovie for iOS.

Preview 02:10

In this lesson you'll learn how to add transitions to your project in combination with iMovie’s theme chooser for powerful results.

Using Transitions & Themes

Didn’t nail the shot on location? Don't worry about it! In this lesson you'll learn how to use iMovie’s powerful crop feature to reframe your shot with ease.

Reframing & Cropping your Shots

In this video tutorial, you'll learn how to give your videos a touch of Hollywood blockbuster with iMovie’s selection of cinematic filters, which can be applied on a clip by clip basis, or to all clips in your project with a single tap.

Applying Video Filters

In this lesson you'll learn how to use the Ken Burns effect to animate your still images in a project. If you’ve ever watched a documentary featuring still images, chances are this technique will have been employed to add visual interest to what would otherwise be a static shot. iMovie for iOS makes this really easy to do.

Animating Still Images using Ken Burns

In this lesson you'll learn how to make basic edits and add titles and effects to your clips using iMovie from within the Photos app, using the iMovie extension.

Make quick edits in Photos using iMovie

In this lesson you'll learn how use cutaway edits. A cutaway edit, as the name implies, is used to cut away from the main action in screen, often only momentarily before returning back to the main action, and is used for many reasons including highlighting an important element in the scene or covering up a mistake. This technique is especially useful in documentary filmmaking to complement a talking head interview by using cutaways to b-roll material to add visual interest and complement the narrative.

Cutaway Edits

Picture-in-Picture edits are great for video commentaries and react videos and allows you to superimpose, scale and position a video over your main edit. In this lesson you'll learn how to achieve this effect in iMovie for iOS.


In this lesson you'll learn how to use iMovie's split screen editing function to place two clips side by side with each occupying exactly half of the frame. This effect can be used to show concurrent narratives or provide multiple perspectives on a single event.

Preview 01:16

J & L cuts describe two types of popular edits in which either the audio from the incoming clip plays before we see it on screen, or when audio from the outgoing clip continues to play over the next video clip in the sequence. You'll learn how to use this advanced (yet easy to use) editing technique to greatly improve the flow of your edits in iMovie for iOS.

How to Make J & L Cuts

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to use one of the few features exclusive to iMovie on the iPad: the Precision Editor, which can be used to fine tune edits, perform ripple and roll edits, as well as J & L cuts

Making Fine Edits Using the Precision Editor (iPad Only)

In this lesson you'll learn how to create advanced fast and slow motion effects; create freeze frames; as well as implement speed ramping to manipulate the timing of your shots.

Slow/Fast Motion, Freeze Frames and Speed Ramping

If you want to be an even more productive editor, then you should consider using a Keyboard to take advantage of iMovie’s powerful keyboard shortcut support on both iPhone and iPad. In this lesson you'll learn the most useful shortcuts for editing in iMovie for iOS.

Preview 02:16

Whilst iMovie for iOS does support exporting your finished film at 60fps in full 4k, this feature needs to be turned on first. You'll learn how to do it via iMovie's Settings Menu in this lesson, along with some other useful features.

iMovie Settings - Enabling 60FPS Export
Working with Text
4 Lectures 11:36

In this lesson you'll learn how to apply titles to your clips and adjust the style, position and animation type to help bring your project to life.

Adding Titles

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to display and edit location information as part of your title text. This feature allows you to display location info in a seperate text area in iMovie for iOS, and when using certain themes, it will actually display this location on an animated map.

Preview 02:54

Learn how to adjust the title timing for your video clips in this lesson, as well as a useful workaround to have your text run over multiple clips.

Setting Title Timing

In this lesson you'll learn how to add centred subtitles to your project in iMovie for iOS - perfect for social video destined for Facebook, or for foreign language projects.

Adding Subtitles
Editing Audio
7 Lectures 13:35

In this lesson you'll learn how to import and arrange audio files in your iMovie project, as well as how to adjust trim handles; split an audio clip; layer audio tracks; and extract the audio from a video clip and insert it into the timeline without bringing the visuals.

Importing and Arranging Audio Clips

Learn how to adjust and mix your project audio in iMovie for iOS.

Adjusting Audio Levels

Learn how to detach audio from your video clip. This powerful feature allows you to perform J & L cuts, as well as add fade ins and fade outs to your audio tracks.

Detaching and Fading Audio

In this lesson you'll learn how to record professional voice overs directly within iMovie using your iPhones or iPad's internal microphone, or a professional iOS compatible microphone like the Apogee Mic 96k. This technique is perfect for recording ADR, dubbing your film into another language, or bringing your project to life with a narration track or director's commentary.

Recording a Voiceover

In this lesson you'll learn the difference between background and foreground audio types, and how you can use this to your advantage thanks to iMovie for iOS' powerful audio ducking feature.

Background and Foreground Audio (Audio Ducking)

The ability to show and hide audio waveforms in iMovie for iOS is a feature exclusive to the iPad. In this lesson you'll learn how to use it effectively.

Show Audio Waveforms (iPad only)

In this lesson you'll learn how to sync your externally recorded audio with video in iMovie for iOS. This can be done easily on the iPad thanks to its ability to to show audio waveforms.

Synching Audio Recorded Externally
Creating a Trailer
1 Lecture 04:04

In this tutorial you'll learn how to compete with the big boys in Hollywood and master the Project Trailer type in iMovie for iOS.

Creating a Trailer Project
Exporting Your Project
3 Lectures 04:01

This lesson will teach you how to easily export your finished film in a resolution of your choosing to the Photos app, or direct to Youtube, Facebook, or many other third party apps.

Exporting Your Finished Movie

In this lesson, you'll learn how to export your iMovie for iOS project so you can resume editing on a Mac using iMovie or even Final Cut Pro X for even more advanced editing features.

Exporting Your iMovie Project for Editing in iMovie for Mac

You'll learn how to export to iMovie Theatre so that your finished films will be available on all devices associated with your iCloud account, including iPhones, iPads, Mac computers and even the Apple TV.

Sharing to iMovie Theatre
Editing Workflow for PAL (25fps)
1 Lecture 02:27

One of the main issues with iMovie for iOS is that it will conform your footage to 30fps upon export, even if you shot in another frame rate, making it less than ideal for those content producers working in a country that uses the PAL standard of 25fps.

In this lesson you'll learn how to export your iMovie for iOS project in true PAL at 25fps by sending it to your Mac.

Exporting Your Sequence for PAL Broadcast at 25fps
About the Instructor
Eliot Fitzroy
4.9 Average rating
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128 Students
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Founder of Epic Tutorials & Apple Distinguished Educator

Hi. I'm Eliot Fitzroy — Apple Distinguished Educator; filmmaker; and founder of Epic Tutorials. I have a deep passion for teaching others how to achieve complete technical mastery over their Mac and iOS apps so that they can work at the speed of thought.

My Epic Tutorials have been viewed over 2.6 million times on Youtube and I have worked as a educator and smartphone filmmaking pundit for the past 12 years.

I hold a bachelors degree in film production and am an enthusiastic Dachshund owner!