How to edit business-class videos with iMovie

by Steven Washer on November 4, 2015

The responses to the video on editing last time made me really contemplate the question “can we really not edit business-class videos on i-devices?” So I dove in to the problem. It took two weeks. But I got it.

Pete, this one’s for you. And it’s for everyone who’s ever despaired of getting this right.

Bottom line, here’s a way to edit business-class…with no experience…in 20 minutes.

I don’t think there’s anything else that needs to be said. (Oh, except that Windows Movie Maker is not far behind. 🙂

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Have questions now? Might as well ask below. 🙂

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Mel Hardman November 4, 2015 at 12:27 pm

Nice job, Steve…..

I understand your devotion to Apple, having started out with the first NLE …the AVID Media Composer on the Apple OS. When AVID abandoned the MAC OS because Apple came out with its own video editing system (Final Cut) and was competing with its main customer, I switched to the Windows-based Media Composer. When I started making the kind of videos I need for a web site, I found Camtasia (available for both Windows and MAC) does everything I could possibly want to do;
yeah, it’s a little more expensive. Price and efficiency makes it a very good tool, though, as you so well demonstrated.

BTW… have you been practicing your e-mini trading? Got a couple of nice new things to show you if
your interest is still there.

You sound and look very good now. Hope you’re feeling much better.



Steven Washer November 4, 2015 at 12:39 pm

Hey Mel, I appreciate your stopping by to share your tales from the trenches! My “devotion” to Apple is only due to their history of making software you didn’t use to have to think about. You could just sit down and do the work. This is not so much the case as it used to be, but now it’s mostly habit, so why change?

This video really is for our viewers who would like to edit, but are stymied by the tech. And for purposes of this video, if they have an iPad, that’s no longer an impediment.

Until now, I’ve resisted teaching this because the technology was not sufficient to make the kinds of videos I wanted people to be able to make. Now it’s a different world.

Speaking of different worlds, I haven’t traded since the 90’s, and now I wonder if I’ll ever be able to slow down enough to do so. As you may have noticed in the video, this week I set up a DSLR in the office to see if I can create a quicker and yet better process in production. And I’m happy to say the results are starting to bear fruit. There’s more to go there, but it’s encouraging…


Lori Bonaparte November 4, 2015 at 6:29 pm

Another way to transfer video files from the iPhone to the iPad is through “Airdrop.” It’s part of the Apple OS. Just click on the video on the phone and hit the “share symbol.” Airdrop should come up as an option. It will “look for” devices in the area (you’ll need to make sure Airdrop is “on” in your iPad in order for your iPhone to recognize it). Click on your iPad name once it’s recognized. Go to your iPad and “accept” the incoming file. Presto! Through the magic of Apple, you now have your video on your iPad, too. Super easy, super fast. Thank you Apple geniuses.

And thank you Steve for showing us how easy video making can be.

Lori Bonaparte


Steven Washer November 4, 2015 at 6:36 pm

Thanks, Lori! That’s a great tip. The only problem I find is when you also have AirPlay installed. At least I haven’t been able to make Airdrop play nicely in that case. But it should work for everyone else. 🙂


Blair November 5, 2015 at 10:26 am

Hey Steven, your video instruction series is awesome. Thank you…

My question has to do with You tube playback… Is it possible to fade to black once your video has finished without leading to the next screen of 9 more Youtube video options to click on? I don’t want to lose the impact of what has just been viewed with similar competitive content.

Thanks again Steven, keep up the great work!


Steven Washer November 5, 2015 at 10:32 am

Great question, Blair! When you embed a YouTube video on your blog, you can specify whether or not suggested videos show up at the end. So yes, you can insert a black slug at the end simply by taking a photo with your iPad of nothing, then importing that into your project and sliding it in at the end.

Then when you upload to YouTube, unselect the box that puts the suggested videos in after yours ends.

Have fun! 🙂


Blair November 5, 2015 at 10:56 am

Thanks Steven, exactly the information that I needed. Have you had any experience with other video player options such as JW Player?


Steven Washer November 5, 2015 at 11:07 am

Actually, yes.


Blair November 6, 2015 at 10:38 am

Very cool! Thanks and again… just the answer I’m after. I’m glad I found you on-line.


Peter November 25, 2015 at 12:15 pm

Great video Steve. It really addresses my concern of whether or not I could do basic video editing on my iPad. I’m considering getting the iPad Pro.

Only problem I had with the video is that I often did not see exactly what you were selecting when you were performing a certain action. In the video you said, do this or do that and i could see what happened when you did the action but not where the button was to take that action. I know you can highlight an area using screenflow for example, but that feature I’m guessing is not available in iMovie for the iPad.

Thanks for making it.


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