iMovie Best Resources & Tutorial Links
I began this tech travel journal with the simple message. You don’t need a lot of money to travel and having the right gear with you makes capturing the moments easy. One of the things that came to mind was… just how would I edit and upload to YouTube? Well easy enough! Just use the basic video edit software that comes with the Mac. Is it the best full feature video editor out there? NO. It has many limits. But we are not Steven Spielberg. We just need all the basics to get a nice high quality video published on YouTube.
I scoured the web looking for the best tutorials to get us started with iMovie. This will like many of my posts, be a long running updated list. Feel free to comment below with additional resources.
Best iMovie Tutorials
iMovie for beginners tutorial video. This is a pretty good guide to follow for getting your feet wet in iMovie 10.1.
It’s a good complete guide for learning to edit with iMovie. Realistically you don’t need more than the free Apple offering of iMove 2016 for most common features to edit and upload to YouTube. This tutorial guide shows you how.
It has some good complete tutorial sessions like:
- Creating a new movie project.
- Importing various types of media assets.
- Adding media assets to the timeline.
- Editing of the video.
- Titles and text including animations.
- Editing the audio tracks.
- Sharing the movies – exporting to YouTube and other social media outlets.
Another great tutorial that I found was from this really quality YouTuber: Eric Timmer
Eric wrote a really good iMovie 10.1 Tutorial for Beginners. His iMovie tutorial I show you how to create a movie, import media, add media like images and other clips to the time line. Eric also goes pretty indepth into how to edit video, edit audio, add titles & text. Finally there is a good section of the video where he shows you how to share (export) your video to the desktop and YouTube.
Basically what you will find on the internet is a bunch of outdated tutorials that are very poorly written. With help of readers like you we can keep this list of tutorials updated with the latest guides. So now you are asking why in the world would I put this effort into a list of links of good iMovie tutorials? It’s basicaly because for most of us we just don’t need all the features of more expensive options and subscriptions for video editing software. I mean really we just need to do some basic edits and post to YouTube. Now let me say that if it gets to where you do need more layers to add special effects or that you can afford the better offerings of the pro level software; by all means do it. I come from the thinking that it’s better to start making some money first before hatching out the cash for software.
So now to some additional links:
The following is a great link for matching different light sources with clips. This is kind of important because most of the time for consumer non light controlled situations, the videos will not match in light consistency. This following tutorial shows how to match clips.
This tutorial has information about:
- Match the look of two clips under different light sources
- Add a picture-in-picture effect
- How to stabilize the footage
- Precise edits
- Tweak the workspace
- Add instant replay
- Detaching audio from the video clip
- Pinch to crop the video
and much more!
Hope we can continue to update this short but good quality list.
Thanks and happy video editing while traveling.