Editing on the iPhone tutorial

I know what your thinking- “Is he seriously saying  that we can get decent results putting together edited pieces from a cellphone?”  


Heres a tutorial I put together covering all the features in iMovie on iOS.

If you’re like me chances are you are always taking photos of videos of different things/events/ people for script/story ideas.  maybe you like the way a certain street is laid out or the light is hitting through a stained glass window. Whatever the situation, chances are you are not always carrying a whole film rig with you, but instead carrying a cellphone.

Topics included in this tutorial:

  • Launching iMovie on iPhone
  • Creating a trailer
  • Editing a trailer
  • Limitations of trailers
  • Creating a project
  • Choosing a theme
  • Importing media
  • Selecting clip ranges
  • Changing transitions
  • Removing clips
  • Detaching audio
  • Trimming clips
  • Retiming clips
  • Adding an audio track
  • Fading audio
  • Recording voice overs
  • Exporting
  • Sending iMovie iOS to OSX
  • editing from iMovie to FCPX


Heres the completed videos I made in this quick demo.




Here are some sample videos I put together using only my iphone while traveling to Thailand.

Bonus tip!

Are you using a camera that can “send to smartphone?”

On my a7s I have a feature where I can send proxy video and photos from my sony a7s to my iPhone.  What this means is that I can shoot on my main camera and still put together an edit- while on a plane or bus or wherever and then once I get back to my main editing station replace all my proxy versions with full resolution and continue to put things together.

Or another situation is you may be working with another editor somewhere else in the world and you can start editing or putting selects of clips together while you send them the original media or drives etc.

Final thoughts-

As I mentioned at the start, an iMovie project isn’t going to win you any oscars for its amazing feature set, nor is the iPhone (currently) currently capable of replacing production cameras in studios, but being able to put stories together with audio mixing, titles, footage from other cameras from a device in your pocket?  It’s something I’m using more and more of.

If you are looking for more formal instruction on video production topics or software I am available for private instruction through my website at www.StanislawRobertLuberda.com
There you can find all my tutorials, gear review as well as classes available including but not limited to: Adobe Premiere Pro, Final cut Pro, Apple Motion, Adobe After Effects, Element 3D, Keynote, PowerPoint, Davinci resolve, DSLR boot camp, and many more.