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Editing and Exporting with iMovie

Editing and Exporting with iMovie

Jimmy Chorng

Jimmy Chorng



iMovie is included with every Apple computer. In this tutorial, we’ll touch on the basic tools used to edit a Skillshare class.

Opening iMovie and Setting Up a Project

1. Navigate to your applications and open iMovie. You’ll see the interface below. This is the “Library” view. On the left, you can see previously imported files, and also files from your iPhoto library.

2. Click “New” in the upper left-hand and select “Movie”.

3. You’ll be prompted to choose a theme. Feel free to browse themes, but for the purposes of this tutorial we’re going to go with “No Theme”. Give your project a name.

Importing Footage

1. Click the “Import Media” button. There is also an icon on the upper left. Both are the same.

2. Select the video files you would like to use in this video. In this tutorial, we have 1 video file of 2 teachers talking, along with supplemental footage that we want to include. You can also drag and drop from a finder window. Imported footage will appear in the media bin.


1. With your media imported, you can drag and drop clips into your timeline.

2. In your timeline, you can trim a clip if you’d like to cut out any pauses in the beginning. Simply drag the end of the video to where you would like it to begin. Tip: You can always look at the audio waveform to see where talking begins and ends.

3. If there’s a long pause, or just a chunk of video you would like to remove, click and drag the area you want gone. Right click and “Delete”. You’ll now have 2 separate clips.

4. To hide this edit, you can lay a piece of footage over it. That way you eliminate the “jump cut”, which can be startling. Find a clip in your media bin. You can select the entire clip, or a specific portion, and drag it to the timeline. You'll notice that it's on a separate layer, or "track", and covers the edit underneath.

With a clip selected, you can go to “Modify” to find your cutting options. You can split a clip, trim it to where your playhead is, etc. With these tools, you can endlessly edit out misspeaks, false starts, or awkward pauses.

Editing Options

To the left of the timeline, you’ll notice the “Content Library”. This includes transitions, titles, backgrounds, iTunes (music), sound effects, and songs you may have created in garageband.

A simple edit is just adding a cross-dissolve, or fade-in from black. It’s not mandatory, but can ease the viewer into the video content. iMovie provides many transition options, so feel free to try out different ones! We at Skillshare prefer the simpler options.

1. To add a transition, select one from the options. Click Transitions in the Content Library.

2. Drag and drop the transition where you want it, or double click it from the options viewer if your playhead is in the right place.

All other features in the Content Library work the same way, you can simply drag and drop them into your timeline. This tutorial will not go into the other features, but we recommend that you browse all the offerings.

Adding Music

Before considering adding music, realize that you need to have permission to use any piece of music (unless you wrote and recorded it yourself) especially if you'll end up profiting. Even musical compositions in the public domain are not free for use because the recording is someone's property.

That being said, there are sources for royalty-free music but you have to be conscious of the type Creative Commons licensing for a song. Any video you plan to post on Skillshare must have music that is allowed for commercial use, and if it requires attribution you must put a title in your video crediting the creator.

Feel free to browse some of our favorite music sources!

Free Music Archive
Vimeo Music Store
The Music Bed

1. To add music, import the file into your media bin, and drag it to your timeline. The audio track (green) will appear underneath your video tracks.


2. You can adjust volume by clicking and dragging up and down on the black line of the audio track.

3. You can also fade in the music by clicking and dragging the circle at the front of the music track.

You can edit an audio track the same way you can edit a video track, with splitting and trimming


Once you've completed all the edits you want to make, it's time to export.

1. Navigate to “Share” in the upper right and select “File”. You can also navigate to File > Share > File.

2. Set your export settings. For the Resolution, choose 1280x720. For Quality, choose “High”. Once your video is finished, you’ll have an uploadable .mp4 file.

Jimmy Chorng


Apologetically Californian.

Jimmy Chorng


Apologetically Californian.

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