How to Make a Movie with iMovie on Your MacBook

By Mark L. Chambers

You can attack the moviemaking process from a number of angles on your MacBook. However, movies turn out the best when you follow a linear process. Here is a basic overview of moviemaking with iMovie.

Here’s the process, reduced to seven steps:

  1. Import your video clips directly from your DV camcorder, FaceTime HD camera, iPhoto, or your hard drive.

  2. Drag your new selection of clips from the Event pane to the Project pane and arrange them in the desired order.

  3. Import or record audio clips (from iTunes, GarageBand, or external sources, such as audio CDs or audio files that you’ve recorded yourself) and add them to your movie.

  4. Import your photos (directly from iPhoto or from your hard drive) and place them where needed in your movie.

  5. Add professional niceties, such as voiceovers, transitions, effects, and text to the project.

  6. Preview your film and edit it further if necessary.

  7. Share your finished film with others through the web, e-mail, your Apple TV, or an iOS device (an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch).

As you might imagine, this isn’t a full description of every setting and every procedure in iMovie — but luckily, Tony Bove has done exactly that in his book iLife ’11 For Dummies (Wiley). Tony will take you from the basics to all the in-depth features of each iLife application!