Video Editing with Apple’s iMovie for Mac (for Toastmasters Video Workshop)

Several people asked that I share tips for Mac users as part of my video workshop. Since I usually do my editing on a Windows PC, I found a tutorial someone else had created on Apple iMovie, which comes free with a Mac (there are also iMovie apps for iPhone and iPad). As my value add, below the video you’ll find an annotated index to the timestamps of the sections of this tutorial covering common tasks that would be relevant to a speech or presentation video.

A second video, at the bottom of this post, shows how to use iMovie to create animated GIFs.

iMovie is quite powerful, although there are some pro features that are reserved for Apple’s Final Cut Pro. There seems to be an iMovie counterpart for just about everything I do using a different program, Camtasia, which is available for both Windows and Mac PCs. iMovie might even do some things better. One Toastmasters friend who is a Mac user said her biggest frustration with iMovie is that it makes it difficult to move projects from one computer to another. However, the videos you produce with it are perfectly portable and ready to upload to social media or your website.

Start with a blank project, begin adding media

Cut and splice from the middle of a clip

Add and edit audio clips or music

Detach Audio from a video clip (separate the audio from the video so each can be edited independently)

Titles and Backgrounds

Transitions

Adding and Cropping and Still Images + how you can use the “Ken Burns effect”

Changing Clip Speed

Adding a voice over narration

Create a video file, saved to your computer, or publish direct to YouTube or Facebook (the instructor suggests it’s better to save / export the file, and I agree)

To create an animated GIF using iMovie, try these directions: