Today we’re going to talk about how to edit videos on iMovie. This is the perfect solution for those of you who are creating YouTube videos, online course presentations and evergreen webinars, and wish to take the unedited footage of whatever it is that you recorded and transform that it into a cohesive video, by removing the excess and adding all the necessary bells and whistles. The best part is that we'll do this is a way that's fast and easy, even if you've never used iMovie before.
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Alright, so let’s get right into how to edit videos on iMovie.
To open iMovie, you can either go to finder, applications, and then select iMovie, or use the search tool in the menu up top to open the spotlight search. Start typing in iMovie, and click on the app to open it up. In iMovie, click on 'create new', then on 'movie', and on 'import media' to import your video clips, and then click on 'import all'.
Drag and drop the movie clips onto the working area, in the chronological order that they'll appear in the video. The first thing we'll do is remove any excess footage. For instance, if you record your video in short snippets, like I do, the beginning and end of each clip, when you've just pressed record or are searching for the stop button to end the recording, will be excess. So let's go ahead and delete those.
You'll know they are excess by the lack of voice bars. As you can see, there's this time frame at the beginning and end of each clip without these voice peaks, which means that you're not talking at those moments. To cut part of a clip out, select the clip that you wish to edit, place your cursor where you want to trim the excess, right click and select 'split clip', or just press command B. To delete the excess, just select the excess clip, and press 'delete' on your keyboard.
The exact same process can be applied if you wish to delete a section in the middle of a clip. Select the clip that you wish to edit, place your cursor at the start of the section which you wish to trim the excess of, right click and select 'split clip', or just press command B. Now place your cursor at the end of the section which you wish to trim the excess of, right click and select 'split clip', or just press command B, and press 'delete' on your keyboard to delete the excess out of the clip.
Now that the video doesn't have any excess footage, it's time to add the bells and whistles. The first thing we'll add is our social handle to the top left of the screen with a bell sound to the introduction of our video. For me the easiest way to create this is with a Canva graphic. If you don't have a Canva account yet, just click the link in the description box below to create one for free.
Once you've logged in to your Canva account, click on the blue 'create a design' button on the top left, and then on 'custom dimensions'. The size of a YouTube video is 1920 pixels by 1080 pixels, so choose that as your dimensions, and then click on 'create design'.
Now click on 'text' from the left-hand side menu, 'add a heading', and write '@ your social handle', in my case, Yes To Tech. You can customize this text to look the way you wish by editing its font, size, color, and appearance. If you want to add your own font to