iMovie for iPhone 4 is a video editing application designed by Apple. iMovie is also the name of the video editing software included in iLife, which is bundled with every Mac. iMovie is only available for iPhone 4. (Don't be sad, it needs the extra RAM and Apple A4 processing power).
As with most Apple products, iMovie is very easy to use and is fairly intuitive. If a tap doesn't do what you want, a double tap will. iMovie can be used in either portrait or landscape, but landscape seems more natural for me.
While in editing mode, the top center of the screen shows your movies, the bottom of the screen has the timeline, and the sides of the screen have options: projects, upload media, upload media directly from camera, and play. When choosing media to add to your project, there are three tabs: video, photos, and music. Videos are listed in reverse chronological order, but photos are listed in chronological order. I find this annoying because it's very likely that the photo I want to choose was recently taken and scrolling through hundreds a photos every time gets tedious. Not to mention, scrolling through photos is very laggy. This needs to be fixed.
Editing your movie is a breeze. You can drag clips around, trim the edges of clips, add titles, quickly switch between themes, and make minor edits to transitions. If there is a clip or photo you want to remove, just drag it off the timeline. There is one thing I want to mention about titles, however. They are very nice, but you cannot edit their length. Titles are automatically the same length as the clip you have the title attached to. Another simple feature that is missing is the ability to add plain text against a colored background.
Although there are a few little things missing from iMovie, I found it to be an excellent and quick way to edit a video. This is the first release of this app and I look forward to the changes that Apple may bring to it in the future. For only $4.99, iMovie is worth every penny.
Video and screenshots after the break! (To see a completed movie that was created with iMovie, check out my quick review of the iPhone 4's camera)
- Very easy to use
- Comes with 5 themes: Modern, Bright, Travel, Playful, News
- Can add your own music or chose from Apple's theme music
- Export as, medium (360p), large (540p), or HD (720p)
- Titles last the entire duration of clip, with no option to set the length.
- Cannot add more than one audio track
- Cannot split clips
- Must pan over images. Cannot have entire photo displayed in video.
- Searching through photo library has major lag
- Photos are listed in chronological order instead of reverse chronological order
- Cannot add a text slide
[$4.99 - iTunes link (opens in new tab)]
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Former app and photography editor at iMore, Leanna has since moved on to other endeavors. Mother, wife, mathamagician, even though she no longer writes for iMore you can still follow her on Twitter @llofte.
We need to somehow get him hooked up with a i4 A.S.A.P .. Going to start a get Rene ( and Georgia ) a i4 petion.. lol ...
Now my only other wish is for Apple's Aperture team to release a simplified version of Aperture for iPhone, allowing me to non-destructively adjust exposure, sharpen, raise black level, vignette, etc., on images taken with my iPhone 4 before importing them into iMovie for iPhone. I know other vendors have similar apps, but I want Aperture for iPhone. Come on Apple, I'd happily pay $5 for that app too!
In this case, my requirement was to polish a 1 minute video of a baby.
- There's either title all the time, or none at all.
- I tossed a picture in the front instead, intending to put the title on it. Sorry, you can't put a title on a picture.
- There's just a few seconds at the start I'd rather remove, where we're still talking about what she's doing instead of recording it. Nope, no editing the clip here.
- If you could edit the clip, you could split it and put the title just on one piece. No such luck.
This is pretty basic stuff for a movie editing App. I feel like I wasted five bucks. The only consolation is what Glaw has to say: "it WILL be updated people relax." It probably will. I hope.
I had a 1 minute 30 second clip that I wanted to have a beginning and ending title. To do this I added my clip, trimmed it down to ~10 seconds and added the title. Then I added the clip again, and trimmed out the first 10 seconds. Then I added the clip a third time and trimmed out the first 1 minute 20 seconds and added the ending title.
Added some music and trimmed a few seconds off of the end so that the clip ends at a OK spot in the music. Rendered @ 720p. Whole process about 10 minutes (most spent rendering).
Result: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMKsB_W7OV8 (no audio since I guess I used a copyrighted song, and youtube looks to be processing for HD)
Thanks for your tutorial. I learned a few things. Should have watched it before trying to make the movie...it would have saved me some time. I have a question for you. My video is longer than my song. So partway through the video, the music just stops. Is there anyway to repeat the song in the movie to keep music playing throughout?
Thanks, in advance, for your help~