Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Installing iMovie, part of iMovie 10.1.1 Essential Training.
- [Voiceover] 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 OS10.10 Yosemite or later installed in order to use it. Previous versions of Mac OS10 are not supported. If you recently purchased a new Mac, then iMovie was pre-installed and you already have it. But if you've upgraded to Yosemite and don't have the current version of iMovie installed, you can find it by opening up the App Store by clicking the Apple menu here in the finder and selecting App Store. And the easiest way to find iMovie from here is to do a search.
And here it is, so I'll select it. Now if you have the previous version of iMovie installed, iMovie 11, you can download and upgrade to this newest version for free. If you don't have iMovie installed on your Mac, you'll need to purchase the newest version, and as I record this, the price is $15. 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 nine.
With the current version, Apple did away with putting the year of the release in the title of the app, and it's simply called iMovie. But technically it's version 10, and the version number I'm teaching in this course is iMovie 10.1.1. I hope that makes sense, But in any case, as with all the other apps on the store, you can read about iMovie here on its page, you can check out user reviews, and so on. Here under Information on the right, you can check which version of the app you're downloading. So in this case I'm seeing version 10.1.1. By the time you're watching this movie there may have been some updates released.
But when you're ready to install iMovie, 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, otherwise the download should start immediately. And if I go over to the Purchased area here, I can see its progress. So the download is now complete and iMovie is now being installed into my Applications folder. And now the installation is complete. I'm gonna go ahead and quit the App Store, and I'll open up my Applications folder, and here's iMovie.
If you do have a previous version of iMovie installed, after you install the latest version, you'll see in this case that a folder called iMovie 9.0.2 has been created, and inside there I'll find the previous version of iMovie that had been installed on my computer, and the current version of iMovie is now the one in the top level of the Applications folder. 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, you'll still be able to open up and use the previous version by going into the iMovie 9.0.2 folder.
All right, but now that the download has been completed and iMovie has been installed, let's open it up. The first time you do so, you'll see this Welcome screen, and then you'll see a screen telling you what's new in this version. I'll click Get Started. Next, you may also see a screen asking you if you want to update your old iMovie projects so they'll work in the new version. Basically, 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. But I didn't have any previous projects in my old version of iMovie, so I'm not seeing that prompt to upgrade my projects.
If you do have projects in the old version of iMovie, you'll have the option here to upgrade those projects, but you will still be able to work with them in the old version if you need to. You can also go to the File menu at any time and choose Update Projects and Events if you choose to skip that process right now. Just bear in mind that choosing to update your projects will bring all of your projects in. iMovie doesn't offer a way to pick and choose which projects you import or leave in the old version, but you can always choose to update and then delete the projects you don't need to have in the new version of iMovie. But in any case, that's how to install iMovie on your Mac.
- What's new in iMovie 10.1.2?
- Importing video
- Browsing events
- Adding clips to a new iMovie project
- Organizing and rating clips
- Trimming video
- Splitting, inserting, and connecting clips
- Creating still clips
- Adding photos, transitions, and titles
- Adjusting video speed
- Applying special effects
- Adding music and sound effects
- Sharing movies
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 05/23/2016 and 06/15/2016. What changed?
A: We revised one video, "Delete unwanted clips," to address updates found in iMovie 10.1.2.