iMovie Tutorial

iMovie is a fairly easy application to learn. iMovie is Apple's movie making software. It is part of the iLife suite of programs and is available from Apple.

iMovie is designed to run on any Macintosh with Firewire capabilities. This includes all but the earliest iMacs, all eMacs, blue G3 towers, gray G4 towers, and any others after that. iMovie requires a digital video camera with Firewire (IEEE 1394) input and output. Nearly all digital video cameras have this capability.

This tutorial was designed for iMovie 4. Most of it will also apply to iMovie 2, iMovie 3, and the new iMovie HD, though there will be some differences.

Feel free to select a specific topic or navigate through the tutorial in order using the menu below.

Watch for the word TIP. Whatever follows is something either not mentioned or often overlooked in the iMovie documentation. Most are helpful tricks or problems to avoid, learned by experience.

Make some great movies!

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This tutorial was constructed and designed by Lynn Ewing between January and May of 2005. All instructions and descriptions are his alone. Video clips were either created specifically for this project by Lynn Ewing or by students in his Video Production classes at Wahtonka High School, The Dalles-Wahtonka High School, or South Wasco County High School. Copyright is retained by all creators on the materials in this tutorial.

Apple, QuickTime, GarageBand, .Mac, eMac, iMac, iMovie, iTunes, iPhoto, iDVD, G3, G4, & G5 are trademarked and copyrighted by Apple Computers, Inc.

This tutorial contains the following:

  • 142 web pages
  • 58 QuickTime video clips
  • 248 images

Two excellent reference books which I have used often when using iMovie and while making this site are:

Video Production


©Lynn Ewing, 2005