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Import and organise your home videos

Add videos to your iMovie library and keep it organised with events and tags

Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 12.26.08When it comes to editing your videos into a finished movie with music and transitions, it’s hard to find a better choice than iMovie. The app makes every step of the editing process simple, but while the basics are all straightforward, the app actually has a great deal of power.

Before you can start editing your movie, however, you need to gather together all the shorter clips you’ve taken and import them into iMovie. Whether you’re importing directly from a camera or iOS device, or you are adding video files that are already on your Mac, the process is quick and easy. And, once your clips are in the app, you can get them organised into one place and rate them out of five, so you can see which are your best clips and which you may not want to use. Getting organised is vital.

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Step 1: Import button

To start importing video into iMovie, click the Import button on the left-hand side of the top toolbar. This will bring up the import window where you can choose your videos.


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Step 2: Devices or disks

Down the left-hand side of the window is your list of locations. Connected cameras, iPhones and iPads appear at the top, above your Mac’s hard drive and favourite locations.


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Step 3: View your clips

Choose a connected camera and you’ll see all the clips on it as thumbnails. Alternatively, use the controls to find videos that are saved to folders on your hard drive.


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Step 4: Preview

When you click a video, the image at the top of the window changes. This is the preview area – scroll your cursor up and hit the play button that appears to preview your clip.


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Step 5: Create an event

At the very top of the Import window is a drop- down menu. Click it, choose New Event at the top of the list and type in a name for your event to keep all your clips together.


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Step 6: Import

When you are happy with the videos you have selected, click the Import button in the bottom- right corner of the window and the clips will be added to your library right away.