Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Importing video files, part of iMovie 10.0.2 Essential Training.
Occasionally, you may already have some video files saved on your Mac that you want to use in an iMovie project. Importing existing video files is really easy. Now for this example, I've copied the folder called AT footage from the exercise files folder to my desktop. And you can see it contains several movies. To import the footage, choose File > Import Media. Or just click the Import button to open up the Import Media window again. Then under Devices or Favorites, you can browse to the location on your Mac where the files are stored. Alternately if you prefer, you can also drag files from the Finder into iMovie's Import window, which automatically takes you to that location.
And you might find that easier to do than browsing through Devices to find your footage. And before you input the footage, you may want to come up here to the Import to menu, and create a new event to add the footage to, or you can add it to any existing events. So I'm going to choose New Event, and I'll create one called AT running. This is all footage shot of me running on the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania. I'll click OK. AT running is selected. And if I wanted to, I could select individual movies here, but in this case I want to import everything. But now that I've made a selection to import everything, I'm just going to hit Cmd+A to select all, and now I can click Import All.
You can watch the activity indicator here to watch its progress. And now all of my clips are imported. So it's that easy. I now have an event over here called AT running, and it contains all the footage that was in the folder on my Desktop. I should also mention that when you import video files, they get copied into iMovie library, so you don't need to keep that folder on the Desktop once your importing is done. So that's how to import video files from your Mac into iMovie.
- Importing video
- Organizing events
- Adding clips to a project
- Trimming and split editing
- Cropping and rotating
- Adjusting color
- Adjusting the speed of clips
- Creating movie trailers
- Adding background music and voice-over
- Sharing your movies
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 12/03/2014. What changed?
A: There is a new movie that covers the changes to iMovie 10.0.6. The author also updated the "Exploring the other sharing options" movie.