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iMovie’s multi-touch gestures: how to edit video on iPad

How to edit movies and videos in iMovie for iPad and iPhone with multi-touch controls and gestures

mainHaving iMovie on iOS is such a wonderful thing. All that power of editing made mobile is a real design feat, giving you the chance to create and tweak your video clips no matter where you are. Of course, compared to the desktop version, this is a streamlined version of iMovie, but the interface is still familiar enough that anyone who has used the desktop version will be able to jump right on again here.

The biggest change comes in the functionality, with your fingers replacing the mouse. As a result you can zoom, trim and move clips using a few simple gestures. This tutorial will take you through the most common and useful gestures that can be applied when putting your projects together, helping to make the whole experience a better one.


Step 1

1 Add to timeline

When you create a new project, the video clips available appear on the right. Double-tap any clip to instantly add it to your timeline, dropping in behind the white line (the playhead).

Step 2

2 Drag to trim

If you want to be more specific with the part of a clip to include, tap it just once. You can change the size of the yellow clipping box that appears by dragging the handles at either end.

Step 3

3 Moving clips

You might get mid-way through your project and decide that the order isn’t quite right. Just tap and hold on any clip in the timeline and it will hover, enabling you to drag and drop it.

Step 4

4 Picture-in-picture

Tap a clip and then select the three-dot More option. Picture-in-picture options will appear, and once you have selected one you can drag and pinch to position and resize.

Step 5

5 Transitions

Open the Transitions menu by pinching on the transitions icon between clips. This will display the other types of transition at the bottom of the screen, which can be applied with a tap.

Step 6

6 Timeline view

To get a better look at your whole project as it comes together, pinch in and out on the timeline to zoom in and out. This way you can zoom in to tweak the minor points.

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