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iPad 2 iMovie App Review

Updated on August 28, 2014
iMovie version 1.4
iMovie version 1.4

If you want to make family videos, wow your professors at school, or promote a business, the iMovie app may be the way for you to go. It is an app for making quality movies and Hollywood style movie trailers on your iPad 2 and iPhone devices. Sample Scary Movie Trailer.

Take video clips or still photos, plug them into the storyboard interface, and slide your finger to edit. It is simply that easy. Use videos, pictures, and sounds saved directly on your device or upload from the internet. You can also record video and audio directly from the app itself. iMovie can make anyone look like a pro in just minutes. Sample iMovie on iPad 2.

iMovie allows you to share your finished work in seconds right from the app itself. No need to save your project in another file-format elsewhere. Share with You-Tube, Facebook, Vimeo, and CNN iReport, all in 1080p HD resolution. You can also save your finished project right to your camera-roll for e-mailing or messaging video clips. Sample Adrenaline trailer.

The seller of iMovie is Apple Inc. You will locate the app in the Photo/Video category in the App Store. The most recent software update was September 19, 2012. The current version operating is version 1.4, and the size requirement for iMovie is 473 MB.

Compatible With:

iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (fourth generation), iPod touch (5th generation), iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad (3rd generation) and iPad Wi-Fi + 4G. Optimized for iPhone 5. Requires iOS 6.0 or later.


"Cool trailer creation. Sharing to popular Web video sites. Good use of multitouch. Responsive performance. 1,080p output".~ Michael Muchmore,


"Some operations not so intuitive. Can't share to desktop iMovie through iCloud. Limited text formatting. No picture-in-picture capability."~ Michael Muchmore,

Lamp post template
Lamp post template
Credits template
Credits template
Universe template
Universe template

Trailer Templates

There are total of twelve Hollywood-style movie trailers to choose from, they include: Adrenaline, Bollywood, Coming of age, Expedition, Fairy-tale, Narrative, Retro, Romance, Scary, Super-hero, Swashbuckler, and Teen.

Each one of these trailers do have their pros and cons nevertheless, for example the templates are completely non editable. However they do provide for ease of use and a good looking Hollywood quality trailer, sound and all.

Music is orchestra quality, however it is also not editable, what you get is what you get. I have worked with several of the trailers to this point and sound is not an issue with iMovie trailers.

Movie Editing:

Editing your own movie clips is very simple with iMovie. Simply select the video clip or still shot from your library. Insert it into your time line then edit by finger sliding clip to desired length and duration. iMovie also gives you the flexibility of filming directly from the app.

iMovie does provide several "themes" for transitional effects between frames such as a cross-dissolve feature. However these transitions are few and they are not very versatile to use, allowing only a change in duration.

iMovie also allows you to preview your project movies or trailers at any-time during editing. This feature allows for seamless editing very quickly and with great precision.

Titles And Text:

Title frames are limited and as the transitions, not editable. The user can insert a beginning, middle, or ending title frame into the movie. Text is not changeable in any way and the duration of the text on screen is also unchangeable. Other apps available can enhance your movies with animated effects not included with the iMovie app.


Enter sound files from your own library or import them from a source externally. The app also allows for real-time recording of sounds. Sound editing and dubbing within the app does leave a bit to be desired. The app is not very flexible with sound manipulating capabilities. For example, you cannot over-dub sounds. However, iMovie does come with several sound effects you can add to your movies to enhance their quality. For example, the sound of waves, birds, clapping, laughter, and bells, just to name a few.


Clipish-Pro offers extra features that can be combined with iMovie for enhancements such as scrolling text, credits, backgrounds, and animation capable of being inserted directly into your iMovie project. Clipish-Pro is a separate app that can also be purchased from the app store.

Movie Interface

iMovie help captions
iMovie help captions

The on screen help captions are a useful tool to the beginner iMovie user. With or without help captions the user will quickly become acquainted with the interface.

Trailer Storyboard

The storyboard interface allows the user to insert videos or still shots. The app provides suggestions for the best type of shots to insert into the trailer. Still shots are editable with Ken Burns effect.

Commercial Bahamian Divers With iMovie

©2014 Steve West. Not to be duplicated without written consent of content author.


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