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Produce Mini Masterpieces with iMovie for iOS

Learn how to create mini masterpieces movies with iMovie for iOS. Learn the basics and advanced tips in mobile editing.
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Created by Chip Dizárd
Last updated 11/2015
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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iMovie for iOS is a mobile video editing application that allows you to create professional looking videos from your mobile device. You can send the videos to Facebook, YouTube, CNN iReport, Vimeo and more. This course covers the 2.0 version of iMovie for iOS which has many new features as listed below.

What's new in this version 2.0?

  • All-new, streamlined design
    • Share clips, movies, and trailers to iMovie Theater and watch them anywhere
    • Full-screen Video browser with quick clip sharing
    • Adjustments Bar for easy access to audio and video controls
    • 16 new title styles
    • Three new transitions — Slide, Wipe, and Fade through black or white
    • Two new trailers — Indie and Family
    • Slow motion
    • Cutaway, picture-in-picture, and split-screen effects
    • Add just the audio portion of video clips to a movie
    • Detach audio from video in the timeline
    • Duplicate audio or video clips
    • Trim, split, and reposition music and sound effects
    • Adjustable audio fade-in and fade-out
    • High-frame-rate video recording
    • Share via Mail and Messages
    • Use AirDrop to send video clips and iMovie projects
    • Import media via iTunes File Sharing
    • 64-bit support

  • Visit my site for more information and to grab some free video bonuses!

    Who is the target audience?
    • People who are serious about making professional looking mobile videos
    • Journalists, Filmmakers, Photographers, and other pros who want to tell short stories with their mobile device
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    What Will I Learn?
    Edit videos shot on iPhone or iPad and publish videos to YouTube, Facebook or Vimeo
    Add background music to your videos from iTunes, Dropbox and other apps
    Create transitions and titles
    Create Hollywood style movie trailers
    Edit a mobile news package for CNN iReport or your local news
    Record voice-overs and add b-roll to your video
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    • iMovie for iOS Software
    • Requires iOS 7.0 or later.
    • The app is optimized for iPhone 5.
    • Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
    Curriculum For This Course
    Expand All 29 Lectures Collapse All 29 Lectures 02:08:13
    3 Lectures 09:18

    In this module, I give the course overview and things that you should expect when you take this course.

    Preview 03:30

    In this module I cover what key settings you need to adjust in iMovie for iOS.

    Preview 01:41

    iMovie for iOS is a universal app but there are a few differences between the iPhone and the iPad app. In this module I share the differences and best practices for editing in both devices.

    Preview 04:07
    Working with video footage
    4 Lectures 10:20

    In this module I cover how to import footage from iTunes to your iPad or iPhone.

    How to import movies from iTunes to your iPad or iPhone

    Many professional video editors will tell you that organization and is key to any successful video edit. In this module I cover organizing your footage, marking them as favorites and making selections with your raw footage.

    How to organize, favorite and sort your raw video footage

    Themes are the basis for all iMovie projects and edits. In this module I cover how to use themes and what themes to choose for the different types of videos you edit.

    All about iMovie Themes

    The redo and the undo button are life raft for a video editor. In this module I show you how to use them in your project.

    How to redo and undo an edit
    Working with Photos
    1 Lecture 09:39

    Adding the "Ken Burns Effect" or movement to your photos enhances photos and is the industry standard created by documentary filmmaker Ken Burns. In this module I share with you easy tips to add movement to your photos and how to get the professional look from iMovie using photos in your iMovie project.

    The Ken Burns Effect
    Working with Audio
    3 Lectures 12:29

    In this module you will learn how to use your iOS built-in mic to record a high quality voice-over.

    How to record narration or voice-over

    In this module I show you how to add background music and adjust it for your iMovie for iOS project.

    How to add background music

    iMovie for iOS has many built-in sound effects that can help enhance your video. In this module I share how to add them to your project and adjust them throughout your movie.

    How to add sound effects
    Working with Titles
    2 Lectures 07:39

    Themes are the basis for all iMovie projects and edits. In this module I cover how to use themes and what themes to choose for the different types of videos you edit.

    How to create titles from iMovie Themes

    iMovie for iOS now has the ability to add custom pre-made titles to your project. Adding these types of titles give your video the professional polish that sets you apart. There are many options to choose from, and the customs titles can be changed based on the theme that you choose.

    Creating custom titles

    This short quiz is a review of the Title Sections.

    Titles in iMovie for iOS Review
    3 questions
    Working with Transitions
    2 Lectures 06:40

    iMovie for iOS has many built in transitions. In this module I show you how to add them to your iMovie project.

    How to insert transitions in your project

    In iMovie for iOS I show you how to add sound effects to your transitions and how to adjust the transition length by adjusting the video clips.

    Adding sound effects and adjusting transition length
    Advanced Editing
    4 Lectures 36:45

    In this module I show you how to add cutaways (b-roll) to your iMovie project.

    Cutaways and Secondary Footage

    In this module I show you how to adjust speed settings in iMovie and adjust audio settings to match the speed.

    How to adjust video speed

    How to create a freeze frame with video

    Using natural sound and adjusting cutaways can make a huge difference in your videos. In this module I share how how to make small adjustments to add a polish and professional look to your mobile videos.

    Using Natural Sound and J Cuts to enhance your mobile edits

    This quiz will cover some of the advanced editing techniques in iMovie for iOS

    Advanced Editing Review
    5 questions
    Finishing Your Movie
    1 Lecture 02:23

    This module covers exporting to YouTube, Vimeo, Messages and more. I also share why you should use the HD setting when uploading to these video sharing services.

    How to export to YouTube, Vimeo and more.
    Working with Trailers
    1 Lecture 08:51

    In this module I share how I make trailers for my home movies. Trailers are a exciting way to share your home movies or special moments. iMovie for iOS makes it easy to create them and share them with your family and friends.

    Creating movie trailers
    Bonus Lessons
    6 Lectures 10:22

    In this bonus lesson I share how to upload and download audio and video from the Dropbox app for use in iMovie for iOS. This is very useful when you want to get footage that was sent to you to add to your movie.

    Using Dropbox iOS app with iMovie for iOS

    Handout and Downloadable Footage
    3 pages

    In this module, I share my methods for editing a short piece and the "why" behind it. Visit our mobile site at for more mobile video training.

    Preview 02:59

    At we have created resources for mobile users. To view the videos that accompany the guide visit

    Storyteller's Mobile Production Guide
    8 pages

    In this bonus video, my business partner and co-founder of Web Video, Amani Channel shares his first iMovie 2.0 video edit. I thought it was so impressive that I wanted to share it with you. The possibilities are endless with editing on your iOS device.

    Shades of Fall (Sample edited iPhone video)

    This is a video I shot and produced for for a guest post. I used Dropbox, iMovie for iOS and two cameras and screen flow and reflector to capture the iPad.

    Advanced video edited with iMovie for iOS
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    About the Instructor
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    Video Professional. Final Cut Pro X Level 2 Certified

    Chip Dizárd is a Final Cut Pro X Certified Trainer  and entrepreneur with a passion for all things technology and media.  He graduated from Coppin State University in Baltimore, Maryland with a degree in Media Art/Communcation, and discovered his love for web design in 1999 after he created a web site for local nonprofit organizations in the Washington, D.C. area.

    He’s helped numerous organizations build an online presence.  In 2002, he founded the new media firm Absolute Presence.  The company focused on web development, video production, and media consulting with a focus on serving government agencies, non-profits, and companies.

    In 2002, Chip also co-founded, an online streaming portal where churches and ministries throughout the world can stream services live and on demand.

    He also discovered a love for education, and after working as the General Manager of Baltimore City Public Schools Education Channel 77, he now teaches media production for the school district.

    He now focuses on online delivery of teaching at his new web site  with his business partner, Amani Channel.

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