Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Importing from an iPhone or iPod touch, part of iMovie for iOS Essential Training.
It's pretty obvious that shooting video with your iPad is kind of unwieldy. It's not the most comfortable thing to have to shoot video for an extended period of time while holding your iPad with two hands. If you have an iPhone or an iPod touch you'll probably find it much more comfortable to record video with one of those devices since you can hold them in one hand. But then how do you get your footage from your iPhone to the iPad to edit in iMovie? Let's take a look at three different ways. After you have shot footage on your iPhone, connect it to your computer. Now here on my Mac, my iPhone shows up on iPhoto and I can easily select and import the photos and videos I shot.
I suggest creating an album named something like video for iPad to store your video's in. It makes it much easier to locate and import them to your iPad as you'll see shortly. iPhoto asks do I want to keep or delete the videos that are on my phone. I'll say keep videos, and now the videos are here in iPhoto in the album I created called for iPad. If you're on Windows, when you connect your iPhone to your PC, you should see this message, asking you what you want to do with the device you just connected, unless you've previously chosen a default behavior for your phone. I'll chose to import photos and videos. That takes me to the photo import interface. By default, all my photos and videos are selected.
I'll clear the selection which lets me then select just the photos or videos I want to import. I'll create a folder called for iPad to save them into. this folder is automatically saved in my pictures folder. And I'll click import. Once you've imported your footage, connect your iPad to your computer and open iTunes if it doesn't open automatically. Select your iPad and click the Photos tab. Here, check Sync Photos From, and then select the folder where you saved your videos. Make sure Include Videos is selected, otherwise they won't be copied to your iPad. Then click Apply or Sync. Similarly on the Mac, connect your iPad, open iTunes, select your iPad, and then click the Photos tab.
Then select, Sync Photos From, and choose iPhoto. If you saved your photos or videos elsewhere, you can choose that location instead. But I have my videos in iPhoto in that album I created called for iPad. And now I can check Selected Albums and select just that album. I'm also going to check Include Videos, and then I can click Apply or Sync to copy the videos over. And once the sync is complete, you can open your photo library on the iPad, and you'll see your videos and photos here. And as we've previously seen, once videos are in your camera roll, they'll be available in iMovie, too.
Now that's probably the most involved way of getting video from your iPhone to your iPad. A much easier option is to get the lightning to USB camera adaptor from Apple. Or if you have an older IOS device with the 30 pin dock connector, you can get the Apple camera connection kit, which also includes a USB to dock adaptor. Now that let's me plug in, in this case, a regular lightning cable into my iPhone, and then I can connect the USB end into my iPad with the adapter. Now if this is the first time you're connecting your iPhone to your iPad, you'll see this message asking if you want to trust this computer. The computer in this case being your iPad.
So tap trust, and I'm back here on my iPad, I tap import to see the contents of my iPhone. And all I have to do here is tap the photos or videos I want to import. Tap import, and choose Import Selected. And when the import is complete I'm choose to keep the photos on my iPhone as well. Now even though the adapters cost $30 each, to me it's much faster and easier to use this method then to use a computer to copy your videos between your devices. Plus this way you don't need a computer as your middle man which might be useful if you're out somewhere away from your computer and want to do some video editing.
You'll just have to make sure to get the right adapters depending on which iPad and iPhone combination you have. The current devices all have the lightening connector, but older IOS devices use the previous generation of 30 pin connector. You'll be able to find the right combination of adaptors to make it work, though. Now if you do have newer IOS devices, specifically the iPhone 5 or later, the fourth generation iPad or later the iPad Mini, or the fifth generation iPod Touch or later, you can use iOS 7's AirDrop feature, which allows you to send photos and videos wirelessly to other nearby iOS devices. To do this, make sure both devices are on the same network, that they're both turned on and not in locked or sleep mode, and that AirDrop is enabled on both.
To do this, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the control center. Tap Air Drop, and choose whom to allow to connect. You can allow just people in your contacts or everyone nearby. I'll choose everyone in both cases for this example. So on my iPhone, I'll go into my camera roll, tap Select, and I'll tap the photos or videos I want to send. Next, tap the Share button in the lower left-hand corner. After a moment, nearby AirDrop devices will show up. Tap the device you want to send the files to. Then on the iPad I'll see this message telling me that files are being shared with me.
I'll tap Accept. And now the videos are transferring over to my iPad where they'll end up in my Camera Roll. Now this method is going to much slower than connecting your devices by a cable. But if you have AirDrop compatible devices, you don't have to purchase any additional cables or adapters to transfer the files. And you don't have to connect your devices to a computer. So there you have three methods for copying videos from your iPhone or iPod touch to your iPad, so you can edit them in iMovie.
- 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