Available for free with the purchase of a Mac, iMovie is video editing software for everyone. A simple interface, which however conceals many options, although basic. The software is adorned with a fun and cinematographic dimension, through its numerous filters and the guided creation of trailers. To be reserved for a family audience and beginners.
Why use iMovie?
Available for free with the purchase of a Mac, iMovie is video editing software for macOS available to everyone. Import, create, share, improve or adjust. These are the 5 basic functions that make up the toolbar of iMovie.
In addition to personal files, the import area allows you to browse a gallery of transitions or backgrounds. Titles, simple or moving, can be embedded in or between video sequences.
What to do with iMovie?
The program allows you to create a movie or a trailer in High Definition up to 4K and 60 frames per second. In the first case, a choice of 15 animation themes is offered, most of them family and travel oriented. In the second, 30 models take up the codes of the main cinematographic genres. Each has a railroad of storyboards with a predefined duration and plan; it’s up to you to replace each of them with a personal sequence.
On the editing side, a right click on the timeline allows you to split a video, insert a freeze frame, a crossfade or even separate audio and video tracks. Only one video track is available, while multiple audio tracks can be overlaid. If a single click selects a specific image, an entire file can be selected with a double click.
In addition to its automatic improvement tool, iMovie allows you to more precisely adjust certain video (color balance and calibration, cropping, stabilizer) and audio (speed, volume, background noise reduction, equalizer options) parameters. Added to this is a large gallery of video filters (negative, dream effect, black and white, sepia, retro, etc.) and audio (muted, radio, echo, cathedral, etc.)
Compatibility and export
While files in AVCHD, H.264, iFrame, MJPEG, MPEG 2 and 4, MOV and DV can be imported, your productions can be exported in H.264, 3GP, MPEG 4, DV or be directly shared on Youtube, Facebook or Vimeo. Codecs, frame rate per second, resolution, letterbox option, quality or even bit rate can be configured.