Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Shooting with the built-in cameras, part of iMovie for iOS Essential Training.
Before you can start editing footage together in iMovie, you, of course, need to have some footage in your iPad to work with. So, in this chapter, we'll take a look at several ways to import video into your iPad. One of the easiest ways to shoot a video is with the iPad's built-in camera, which eliminates the need to import video from another source. Now, there are two ways in which you can shoot video for your project. You can shoot with the iPad's Camera app, or you can shoot directly in iMovie. Let's take a look at both methods, starting with the Camera app. As you're probably aware, the iPad has two cameras, one in the back and one in the front. If you want the highest quality video, be sure to use the rear-facing camera.
Because, even though the current crop of iOS devices have HD cameras on both front and back, the rear-facing camera is always the highest resolution camera. If necessary, tap the portion of the image where your subject is to make sure the iPad exposes that area properly. And, when you're ready to record, tap the record button. And, when you're done, tap record again to stop. And that's all there is to shooting video with the Camera app. I can review what I just shot by tapping the thumbnail, here. And I'll play the first few seconds. Let's go into iMovie now. To record an iMovie, you have to have a project open, so let's create a new project.
We'll talk more about creating projects in the next chapter, but for now, I just need to have one open so I can show you how to record video. Notice the video I just shot is already available here, in the video browser. And that's why I prefer shooting with the Camera app. Any footage you shoot is available for all your iMovie projects. Video you shoot in iMovie, however, is only available in the project you have open when you record. If you want to use that footage in another project, you have to first export that footage to your iPad's Camera Roll. Okay, let's shoot some video in iMovie. I'll tap the camera icon. And now we see pretty much the exact same interface we saw in the Camera app.
Notice it's already switched to video recording mode. So, just as before, tap the record button to record. Tap the record button again when you're done. Now here, in iMovie, you're given the chance to review what you just shot. Tap the play button to give it a look. If it's a long video, you can drag your finger along the thumbnails at the top of the screen to review the important sections. If you're not happy with it, tap Retake to discard what you just shot and try again. If you do like what you've recorded, tap Use Video. Notice that places the video in the timeline right away. So, this video is now the first clip in my project. The clip also appears here, in the video browser, but again, it's only available in this project.
If I were to create another project, I wouldn't see this clip in here. Again, to use video you shoot in one iMovie project in another project, you have to export the clip to your iPad's Camera Roll. To do so, tap the iMovie media header at the top of the browser and choose Manage local media. That places two buttons on top of any clips you shot inside iMovie. This grey share button and the trash or delete button. Tap the grey button, and that instantly moves the clips to your Camera Roll. It doesn't affect the project you're working on, it just makes the clip available to all other projects.
Notice if I go back to my photo library, I now see the clip, here. So, those are the two main ways you can shoot footage with your iPad. Either through the Camera app, which makes the footage available to all iMovie projects, since the footage is automatically saved to your Camera Roll. Or through iMovie, which automatically adds the footage into the project you're currently working on.
- 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