Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Transferring and backing up the project to iTunes, part of iMovie for iOS Essential Training.
After putting all this work into creating an iMovie project, it's a good idea to make a backup copy and store it on your computer just in case anything happens to your iPad, or you accidentally make changes to your project. You do this by copying your project to your computer via iTunes. This is also useful if you want to work on your iMovie project on a different iOS device. For example, maybe you shot a bunch of video on your iPhone, started editing it in iMovie on your iPhone, but then, you wanted to finish the project on your iPad. You can do this by first copying the project from your iPhone to iTunes and then copying it to your iPad.
So let's see how this works. Start by making sure your project is selected here, on the iMovie project screen, and then tap the Share button. Tap iTunes and you'll see this Sending Project to iTunes message which is iMovie consolidating all of your video clips, audio clips, photos, transitions, titles, basically everything contained in your project into a single file. And I want to stress that it's creating a copy of the project. It's in no way altering, moving, or deleting that project off your iPad. When it's done I see this message telling me that the project will appear in iTunes, so I'll tap OK.
Next connect your iPad to your computer and open iTunes. And here in iTunes I have my iPad selected. I'll come up here to Apps, and then scroll down under File Sharing to select iMovie. Here you'll find the project file listed. Select it and either click Save To, to select the location to save it on your computer, or you can just drag it out of the iTunes window onto your desktop. Again you can use this file as a backup or to transfer it to another device like your iPhone. And if I'm just doing this to back the file up, I'm done. I can just keep it stored on my desktop or wherever I saved it until I need it again, at which point I transfer it back to my iPad to work on it.
But let's say I want to transfer the project to my iPhone so I can work on it there. Maybe I'm about to jump on a plane but my iPad's battery is almost dead and I want to be able to continue editing a project. So first I'll connect my iPhone to my computer. When it appears, I'll select it, and again go to Apps. And I'll scroll down to iMovie under File Sharing. And now I can either click Add to browse for that file, or since it's just sitting just sitting here on my desktop, I can just drag it in here. You can see at the top that it's copying over.
And that's all you have to do in iTunes. You don't have to click Sync, or anything else, which is nice because this means you don't have to be on your own computer to use iTunes to copy a file from one iOS device to another. So if you have access to any other Mac or PC with iTunes, you can do this. So now, here on my iPhone, I open iMovie, and here on the project page, this button down here in the lower right-hand corner that looks like the Share button, but with the arrow pointing down is the Copy from iTunes button. When I tap that, I see any project files I copied over in iTunes. So I'll select my file, and once it's been imported, I can now continue working on it.
And again this is an exact copy of the entire project from my iPad. So now I have two versions, the original on my iPad and the one I'm working on, on my iPhone. There's technically three copies if you count the one stored on my computer. So again, to create that backup copy, you just select your project, tap the Share button, and then tap Send to iTunes. Now incidentally this is also how you would make a duplicate copy of your project. If for example you have a completed version of a vacation video you edited together, but you wanted to create a slightly different version for say, your parents to see, you would do exactly what we just saw.
You would tap Share and tap Send to iTunes. But since you just want to copy on the same device and not to send it to another device, you would then just tap the Copy from iTunes button and then choose your project. And as you can see it's copying the project. And I now have two copies of this project on my iPad. I could still connect my iPad to my computer at this point to put a copy there too. Now if you accidentally create a copy, you can just delete it by making sure it's selected, and then tap the Trash button, and tap Delete Project.
Notice I see this message telling me that a copy of this project was previously sent to iTunes or another device, and that deleting it will remove it from the Import menu. What this means is if I tap Delete Copy, I'll no longer see that copy show up when I connect my iPad to iTunes, so now I'm back to just having that original copy. And that's how to create a copy of your project to use as a backup archive or to move to another iOS device.
- 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