iMovie on an iPhone. iLike it.

Posted: September 21, 2010 in Apple, iphone, software
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At first I thought “why?” but that was quickly changed to “why not?” after using it.

Using an editing app on a small screen like the iPhone may have you squinting so much your brain hurts, but thankfully it looks like Apple realized this as well and reworked their consumer grade movie editing software iMovie enough to make it possible to end up with relatively decent movies after a little tweaking and a fairly simple learning curve.

Check it out in the Apple Store and you’ll see all the great features of this little editor that could.  It really is rather easy to use and the built in auto-saving means you can easily pick up where you left off later on if you realize you need more photos or video to finish your project.

There are a few things i’d like to see changed or added.  Along with them are my workarounds which I hope you find useful, or at least get you thinking of ways to make this app give you the results you want it too.

Transitions:  You can transition between images of video, but no fade in/ fade out.  This is an easy fix though.  As shown in the 3 preceding screen grabs, Take a picture of something black, up close so there is no light and add that picture at the beginning of your movie.  iMovie will add a transition that basically fades thru the black image to the movie or first photo.  Same thing at the end of the movie or really anywhere within it to get a fade to black.  You can adjust the length of the time the photo stays on screen and the transition length to suit the fade you want.

The only down side is at the end you will have a Thumbnail of your finished movie in the project listing that is black as seen above. Makes it a bit tough to figure out which is which if you have a few on the go.  I do wish there were a few more options for the transitions too.  You get what you get depending upon the theme you select for your movie.

Credits:  There is no built-in way to add credits to your mini movie.  Again, there is a simple fix for that too.  Create your credits in any program that lets you type and then save and import that image from your photo library into the iMovie app. I used the free app Simplenote on my iPhone.  Sure its white with black lettering, which doesn’t really go with the theme that well, but its a simple way to create them and i’m sure you could find another program that will let you create a black sheet with white lettering.  You just have to think outside the box a bit.

One final word of caution, don’t delete your source video.  iMovie, just like its full blown on the desktop version is a non-destruction way of editing.  In other words it is only linking to the video not actually copying it into the iMovie file. So if you delete the footage, you end up with a blank space in iMovie where the video used to be.

All in all, this is a good start and will have you creating quick and easy movies for viewing and sharing without having to copy and import video off your device onto a laptop or desktop to do it.  You can even go the extra step like i did and upload the file to dropbox or use to send it to friends right from your iPhone.  This truly is a portable editing option that can make those impromptu moments and memories look that much better and all while you are still at the event.  There is something very cool about filming,editing, and sharing a movie outside while sitting in your favorite backyard muskoka chair.


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