Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Installing iMovie, part of iMovie 10.0.2 Essential Training.
Like most of the software published by Apple these days, iMovie can only be acquired by downloading it through the App Store on your Mac. It also requires you to have Mac OS 10.9 Mavericks installed in order to use it. Previous versions of Mac OS X aren't supported. Now, if you recently purchased a new Mac with Mavericks, then iMovie was pre-installed, and you already have it. But if you've upgraded to Mavericks and you don't have iMovie installed, you can find it by opening the App Store either from your Applications folder or by going to the Apple menu and choosing App Store from here. And the easiest way to find it here is to do a search.
There it is. I'll click its name to go to its page. If you have the previous version of iMovie installed, iMovie 11, you can download an upgrade to the newest version for free. If you don't have iMovie installed on your Mac, you'll have to purchase the newest version. And as I record this, you can see the price is $14.99. So if you have an old iLife 11 installation DVD lying around somewhere, it's worth it to install the older version of iMovie first, so you can get the new one for free. By the way, the numbering of iMovie has gotten a little confusing. Just to clarify, the previous version of iMovie was called iMovie 11 as in the year 2011.
But its version number was actually version 9. This time around, Apple has done a way with putting the year of the release in the title of the App and as you can see, it's simply called iMovie, but technically, it's version 10. I hope that makes sense. In many case, as with all the other Apps in the Apps Store, you can read more about iMovie here on its page. You can check out user reviews, here under information, you can check out which version of the App you're downloading, so in this case I'm seeing version 10.0.2 By the time you're watching this movie there may have been some updates released. When you're ready to install our movie just click Install or in this case I'll click Update since I do have an older version of iMovie already installed.
You may be prompted to sign in with your Apple ID or password. Go ahead and Sign In and the download should start immediately. You can see it says Installing here now, and if I go over to Purchases you can see it's now downloading. Now, while that's downloading, I'm going to come back out to my Finder and go to my Applications folder. Now, here's my current version of iMovie. It still has the old iMovie icon, but you can see, it's currently downloading. And it kind of looks like it's overwriting my old version of iMovie. But we'll come back here in just a moment, when this new version of iMovie finishes downloading. Alright, so the download has finished. Just going to quit the App Store for now.
going to come back to my Applications folder. And notice now I have the new iMovie here. It's got the purple icon and a folder called iMovie 9.0.9 has been created. That’s my previous version of iMovie. So this is the old version of iMovie, iMovie 11 or iMovie 9.0.9, and the new current version of iMovie, iMovie 10, is now on the top level of the applications folder. Now the reason this happens is because in this latest version of iMovie, Apple has changed and removed a couple of features that you might be used to having or using. So, if you relied on certain features that you can no longer find in the new iMovie, you'll still be able to open up and use the previous version.
Alright, but now that we have the new iMovie, let's open it up. Now, the first time that you open it up, you'll see this welcome screen. I'll click Continue, and then you'll see a screen telling you what's new in this version. I'll just close this off for now by clicking Get Started. Next, I'm asked if I want to update my old iMovie project so that the work in the new version. Basically the new iMovie uses a different saving scheme for projects, so if you have any older projects that you want to continue working on in this version, you'll have to update them. Notice that it says by doing so you'll create new copies of your projects and that you'll still be able to work with them in the old version if you need to.
We also have the option here to Update Later which skip this step for now. Notice that you can always choose file, update project and events from the iMovie menu at any time if you want to update all of your projects. So just decide whether you want to take some time to import your old projects. Just bear in mind that choosing to update will bring all of your projects from the old iMovie into the new one. There's no way to pick and choose which projects you want to import or leave in the old version. But you can always choose to update and then delete the projects that you don't need to have in the new version of iMovie. I'll just choose Update Later in this case. And now we're ready to start using iMovie. All right, so that's how you install the new 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.