Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Importing from a camera card, part of iMovie for iOS Essential Training.
Previously we saw how to import video you shoot on your iPhone or iPod Touch into your iPad to edit in iMovie. Because these are all iOS devices, iMovie has no problem recognizing the videos shot on any of them. But you're probably not always going to be shooting video with your iPhone. Chances are you have a digital still camera that shoots video or even a regular video camcorder. But the fact is iMovie is pretty limited in terms of what video formats it recognizes and can work with. And with so many different brands and models of cameras, I can't really tell you which ones will or won't work with iMovie. You'll find that even with different cameras from the same company, some models will produce video you can edit in iMovie and some will not.
If you really want to find out if your camera's videos will work in iMovie, first try Googling your camera's model number and iMovie for iOS. You may find your answer that way without having to spend any money. If you can't find a definitive answer and you still want to try it for yourself. You can purchase either the Lightning to USB camera adapter or if your camera uses an SD card, you can buy the Lightning to SD card adapter. If you have an older iPad with a 30 pin dock connector, you can buy the Apple camera connection kit which comes with both a USB and an SD card adapter.
So, just as an example, I'll connect the SD card reader to my iPad. With an SD card in it that automatically opens my photo library. And when I tap Import, it displays the photos and videos on the card. And here I just tap the movies I want to import. And then I tap Import. And choose Import Selected. You'll be given the choice of whether you want to keep or delete the footage you just imported off the SD card, I'll choose to keep it. And now, if I go back to iMovie. I see that those videos are now available to use in my projects. Now again, whether or not you can do this with your particular camera really depends on the format used by your camera for video.
If you find that you're video format doesn't work on the iPad, there are programs you can use on your computer, to convert movies into a format that the iPad will recognize such as QuickTime Pro. But if you're going to be working on your computer anyway, especially if you have a Mac, my feeling is that you'll be better off using iMovie on the Mac, since the Mac version can handle many more video formats. And if you're on Windows, you can edit your videos in Windows Movie Maker. It's not ideal to have to dump your camera's videos to your computer to edit them, especially if you wanted to be able to edit remotely on your iPad. But, until Apple makes the iPad more compatible with other video formats, and no one is saying they will, that's one of the limitations we'll have to live with.
- Shooting with the built-in cameras
- Importing footage from other sources
- Adding clips to a project
- Trimming, splitting, and rotating clips
- Adjusting transitions between clips
- Adding still photos and titles
- Adding sound effects or background music
- Fading audio clips
- Adjusting playback speed
- Backing up a movie with iTunes