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iMovie for new iPad Review

When the new iPad updated it’s creativity apps, including: iPhoto, Garage Band and iMovie. The iMovie app has been around for some time now and has always focused on delivering a user-friendly, capable movie editor to the masses. With intuitive templates adding quick and yet charming accents to your video, combined with touch-intuitive UI and included soundtracks.  It’s recently been updated to support  1080p video capture on the new iPad, from the offset, iMovie makes the perfect counterpart.

Not just available for the new iPad, Apple’s latest mobile movie editing suite is also supported by the iPad 2, iPhone 4, 4S and latest generation iPod touch. Here we are reviewing iMovie specifically on the new iPad, using video shot on the iPad,  imported from a camera and crafted into our very own masterpiece to showcase the application.

Start up iMovie and you’re greeted by the flashing lights of an old cinema, it’s charming and tantalises you into venturing further. In the case of iMovie venturing further means create either a New Project or  New Trailer. If you decide to create a project/movie, you’re going it alone clipping and arranging content as you see fit, though you can apply themes to the footage you composite. If however you want some guidance, choose trailer and you can get some impressive results with even the simplest content. 

In the iMovie creator, you can either use content imported from another camera or shoot content directly on the new iPad. We used a Canon S100 shooting full HD video, and with the Apple Camera Connector kit (£25) there was no conversion process needed. That said, after trying the same process with footage from a Canon 60D, it didn’t work unfortunately – so you need to convert it in iTunes first.

Once your content is ready, dragging and dropping lets you composite it with simple transition options and the ability to trim and overlay content. iMovie also lets you intersperse images within and a separate music soundtrack. 

While you can preview your iMovie on the device itself or export your movie to the Camera Roll, things really get exciting when you share your new creations directly to CNN iReport, Facebook, Vimeo or YouTube.

If however you want to create a trailer, with nine themes there’s plenty of pre-loaded inspiration. Each trailer has a preview, giving you an idea of how your movie will look, how long it will be and how many cast members will be included.

Before you even start recording, select a title and define key elements such as director, producer etc. After you finish playing the role of writer, you become the director. Well. Sort of. iMovie makes everything easy for you, prompting you to select specific types of content for different sections in the trailer such as ‘Landscape shot’ or ‘close up of face’.

If you don’t already have the content to hand, just shoot it on the spot with the on-board camera and you and your friends can create a full HD movie trailer in minutes. Don’t believe us? Check out the video below. In 15 minutes, we took pre-existing Recombu content and turned it into a trailer for Recombu. Well. Get you.

So there’s no denying there’s fun to be had with iMovie. The application is also great for productivity, we could imagine using it at events for example and dropping in our splash screen on the fly. The fact that there’s also direct upload to YouTube onboard is just the icing on the cake.
In turn, iMovie on the new iPad is a marriage made in heaven. It’s not going to rival Final Cut or the likes, but on a 9.7-inch screen, we wouldn’t want it to. Add to that the £2.99 price-tag and unless you hate the idea of movie-editing on your tab, we can’t think of a good reason not to take the leap and give iMovie a go.


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