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iPhone 5 Portable Genius by Paul McFedries

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Editing Video with iMovie for iPhone

Earlier I showed you the built-in editing feature that comes with the iPhone, which essentially boils down to being able to trim video clips. That’s pretty handy, but proper video editing requires features such as adding transitions and titles, changing the theme, and adding a music track. Ah, you might be saying to yourself, “all I have to do is sync my videos to my computer, and then use video-editing software, such as iMovie on the Mac to do all that.”

Well, yes, you can certainly do that, but what if your computer is nowhere in sight? If it’s just you, your iPhone, and some cool-but-not-ready-for-primetime video, you can go well beyond the native iPhone video-editing capabilities by purchasing the iMovie for iPhone app, which is available from the App Store for $4.99. With iMovie for iPhone, you can perform many of the same tasks that you can using the full-fledged iMovie application, such as importing live or recorded videos and photos, trimming clips, adding transitions, applying a Ken Burns effect to a photo, adding titles and music tracks, applying themes, and much more.

Creating a new iMovie project

Assuming you’ve already purchased and installed the iMovie for iPhone app, to get started with it (which, for efficiency’s sake, I just call iMovie from here on), tap the iMovie icon. In the Projects screen that appears, tap the Add (+) button and then tap New Project. iMovie saves your new project and adds it to the Projects list.

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