iMovie ’11: Video Introduction for Beginners

This post is part of a series that revisits some of our readers’ favorite articles from the past that still contain awesome and relevant information that you might find useful. This post was originally published on April 20th, 2011.

Do note: this video screencast is only in Flash, so you won’t be able to view it on your iOS device. Sorry!

Bundled with every new Mac is the iLife suite of apps. iLife promises an exciting and fulfilling digital experience, one that integrates your Mac into your day-to-day life. But having the program is only half the battle – the hardest part is knowing how to use it!

Today’s screencast overview will walk you through using iMovie for the first time, how to create your first project, and how to import in your video. Let’s get started!

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  • Great tutorial thanks!!! Hope to see more like it in the future.

    • Thanks so much. If you guys want more of them, then we’ll do them.

  • Great Presentation!

  • Yes! please, tutorials, at least once a week. A small series i’d like is how to use Flux. From beginner to advance.

  • Unviewable on iPad = Unbelievable

  • Wow, thank you Zach for this tutorial! I’m a complete novice when it comes to creating video using software like iMovie, so when I saw this post I really went through the entire video. It’s great, thanks. :)

  • Yeah cheers for the review, really useful. I too would like to see more, but maybe on youtube under an Appstorm account. 2 reasons:

    1st we can view it on pretty much any device. Android/iPhone/iPad etc

    2nd It would be great to start a youtube account for Appstorm and have regular videos all in one place.


  • Excellent tutorial for beginners. This is exactly what I was looking for. Great job. Very articulate, clear and easy to understand.

  • great way of teaching; i wish all presenters were so thorough! well done!

  • Loved it – it’s much better than Apple’s tutorials! Can you do one like this on editing the clips in Imovie 11? Thanks a million! Linda

  • Great!! Thanks for making this so much help make more from begginer to advance!! Helps so much

  • Perfect introduction – very well paced. On the one hand very relaxed, on the other very concise – excellent balance. Just a few minutes long and I felt I had all the basics in place. Nice one

  • Absolutely helpful! Thank you very much. I am a musician who wants to edit some videos of me playing…but was sort of scared by iMovie`s UI. Thanks again for posting the video! Apple´s video introduction to iMovie wasn’t also much of a help…

  • Ok so, I recorded a video on Photobooth and the audio is out of sync with the video. Is there a way I can fix that on iMovie?

  • D You have any more of these video dealing with the topic? Transistions? Audio import and replacement? Thanks!

  • Zach – absolutely brilliant for non-techies, thank you, so far I have wasted hours but now I am very confident of pulling together what I require.

    Just searching now in case there is an equivalent for finishing the movie and creating DVDs

  • This was great! So much better than others that I’ve watched- now I have a sense of how to actually get started. I’d love to see more.