Video and photo attributions are a must for all journalist and teachers alike. Learning to incorporate these new technologies can be challenging. However, simpler user-friendly programs like iMovie makes life just that much easier. Here is an easy to follow guide on how to make the most out of iMovie.

Things to Remember:

Don’t be afraid to play around: Although the interface may seem foreign and threatening at first, experimenting with different features is the best way to learn the program. Change out themes, and transitions, and practice adding other videos and music.

Use your creativity: iMovie is just a tool to helping sculpt your artistic vision. There are dozens of ways to make amazing projects all carved from your hands.

Stick to simplicity: There are dozens of different features to include in your projects, but not all of them are pleasing to the readers eye. Focus on the basic presentation of your idea before adorning it with all the bells and whistles.

iMovie Language

Transition Symbol


Transition Button: This small silver square with triangles facing each other is known as a transition. It’s the movement from one scene to another. You can choose from tons of options in the transitions menu and apply it to one or all scenes.



content library


 Content Library:This is the section where you will find options for transitions, sounds, titles pages and maps. Refer to this section whenever you are doing personal customization.



Media Library


 Media Library: This area holds all of your uploaded content. Images will be shown as thumbnails and sounds will be on a green background with darker green sound waves.




The Break Down

Set up: Begin with opening iMovie and selecting  “new movie”. You will be prompted to chose a theme for your movie. You do not have to choose one but can create your own customizations. I suggest experimenting with pre made themes when first using the program.

Uploading Media: Adding photos, music, and videos is very simple. Select file and choose the option import media. This opens your computer files. Highlight as many photos, videos, and sounds you would like to include in your movie. The files will automatically fill the top left section of your screen in your library.

Putting it together: Making your movie is as easy as dragging and dropping items onto the empty film strip along the bottom of the screen. Experiment with changing how long the image will be shown by extending the right bounding box.

Sounds: There are two ways to add sound to iMovie. You can either drag the sound from you media library and drop it underneath the images and videos or use iTunes. iMovie automatically connects and displays all of your music on the bottom left hand corner of the the screen. Select a song and drag it to the perforated iTunes spot underneath the film strip. You change the left and right bounding boxes to specify what parts of the song you want to hear.

Sharing: Once you’ve completed your edits, sharing your creation is easy. iMovie has options that resize and prepare your file to upload to youtube, Facebook, email, CNN, and your home computer.

For and even more detailed step by step of building a movie, check out this video.