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Quickly go to the Media view, Projects view, or iMovie Theater in iMovie

In iMovie, press 1, 2, or 3 to quickly go to the Media view (the default view), Projects view, or iMovie Theater.

Reset all settings to their default in iMovie

To delete preferences for iMovie, resetting all settings to their default, press and hold Option-Command while opening iMovie.

Reset the speed of a sped up clip in iMovie

In iMovie, to reset the speed of a clip that you previously seed up, select the clip, then choose Modify> Reset Speed.

Reset title settings in iMovie

In iMovie, when editing the style of a title, click the Reset button to quickly reset the title settings.

Insert a clip at the playhead position in iMovie

In iMovie, to insert a selected clip at the playhead position in the movie, choose Edit> Insert, or press W.

Move a clip to a different library in iMovie

In iMovie, to move a selected clip to a different library, choose File> Move Clip to Library, then select the library.

Turn on audio when skimming video in iMovie

In iMovie, to turn on audio when skimming video, choose View> Audio Skimming, or press Command-S.

Move a transition in iMovie

In iMovie, to move a transition in the timeline, drag the transition between any two clips that don’t already have one.

Change the duration represented by clip thumbnails in iMovie

In iMovie, to change the duration represented by each clip thumbnail, click the Thumbnail Appearance (gear) button, then drag the Zoom slider left or right.

Sort clips by name, date, or duration in iMovie

In iMovie, to sort clips by name, date, or duration, choose View>Sort Clips By, then choose an option.

Mark clips as favorites in iMovie

In iMovie, to mark clips as favorites, select a clip, multiple clips, or a range of clips in the browser, then choose Mark> Favorite, or press F.

Turn off audio when skimming video in iMovie

In iMovie, if audio is on when skimming video, to turn it off, choose View> Audio Skimming, or press Command-S.

Show information about a clip in iMovie

In iMovie, to show information about a clip, select the clip, then click the Clip Information (i) button in the adjustments bar.

Duplicate a clip in iMovie

In iMovie, to duplicate a selected clip, choose Edit> Duplicate Movie.

Show the location of an iMovie library on your Mac

In iMovie, to show the location of an iMovie library on your Mac, select it in your Libraries list, then choose File> Reveal in Finder.

Select a range within a clip in iMovie

In iMovie, to select a range within a clip, hold down the R key, then click and drag within the clip to select a range.

Choose the default behavior for photos added to iMovie

In iMovie, to choose the default behavior for photos added to a timeline, choose iMovie>Preferences, then select an option (Fit, Crop to Fill, or Ken Burns) for Photo Placement.

Export a movie, trailer, or clip as a QuickTime file in iMovie

In iMovie, to export a selected movie, trailer, or clip as a QuickTime file to use with other applications, click the Share button in the toolbar, then click File.

Divide a clip at the playhead position in iMovie

In iMovie, to divide a clip at the playhead position, choose Modify> Split Clip, or press Command-B.

Stabilize shaky video in iMovie

In iMovie, to stabilize a shaky clip, select the clip, then click the Adjust button in the toolbar, then click the Stabilization button in the adjustments bar and select the Stabilize Shaky Video checkbox.

Create a freeze frame in a clip in iMovie

In iMovie, to create a freeze frame in a clip, move the playhead in the timeline over the frame in the clip you want to freeze, then choose Modify> Add Freeze Frame.

Detach audio from a clip in iMovie

In iMovie, to detach audio from a clip, select the clip, then choose Modify> Detach Audio, or press Option-Command-B.

Search for clips in an event in iMovie

In iMovie, to search for clips in a selected event, type a name, media type, or keyword in the search field at the top of the event's window.

Record a voiceover in iMovie

In iMovie, to open voiceover controls in the viewer to record a voiceover, press the V key, or choose Window> Record Voiceover.

Reset the speed of a slowed down clip in iMovie

In iMovie, to reset the speed of a clip that you previously slowed down, select the clip, then choose Modify> Reset Speed.

Quickly select an entire clip in iMovie

In iMovie, position your pointer over a clip in the timeline, then press X on your keyboard to quickly select the entire clip.

Select all of the transitions in a movie in iMovie

In iMovie, to automatically select all of the transitions in a movie at once, choose Edit> Select in Movie> Transitions.

Change the clip size in iMovie

In iMovie, to change the clip size, click the Thumbnail Appearance (film strip) button in the timeline or browser, then drag the Clip Size slider.

Shorten a clip in the timeline in iMovie

In iMovie, to shorten a clip in the timeline by dragging, skim to the beginning or end of the clip, then drag the edge of the clip toward its center.

Flash and hold a frame in iMovie

In iMovie, to insert a transition to white, and then fade in a freeze frame, select a clip in the timeline, then choose Modify> Flash and Hold Frame.

Duplicate a movie in iMovie

In iMovie, to duplicate a selected movie, choose Edit> Duplicate Movie.

Play video in a continuous loop in iMovie

In iMovie, to play video in a continuous loop, choose View> Loop Playback, or press Command-L.

Trim unwanted frames from a clip in iMovie

In iMovie, to trim unwanted frames from a clip, select the range of frames to keep, then Control-click the clip and choose Trim Selection, or press Option-/.

View a wrapping timeline in iMovie

In iMovie, to view your project over multiple lines in the timeline, instead of over a single line, choose View> Wrapping Timeline.

Mute audio in a clip in iMovie

In iMovie, to mute audio in a clip that has sound, select the clip, then choose Modify> Mute Audio, or press Shift-Command-M.

Show clip information when skimming in the browser in iMovie

In iMovie, to show clip information when skimming in the browser, choose View> Show Skimmer Info, or press Control-Y.

Hide the Libraries list in iMovie

In iMovie, to hide the Libraries list if it is showing, choose Window> Hide Libraries, or press Shift-Command-1.

Share a movie to iMovie Theater in iMovie

In iMovie, to share a selected movie, trailer, or clip to iMovie Theater, click the Share button in the toolbar, then click Theater.

Reduce background noise in a clip in iMovie

In iMovie, to reduce background noise in a clip, select the clip, then click the Noise Reduction and Equalizer button and select the "Reduce background noise" checkbox.

Automatically enhance video and audio in iMovie

In iMovie, to automatically enhance video and audio, select a clip in the browser or timeline, then click the Enhance button in the toolbar.

Export a single frame of your movie as an image in iMovie

In iMovie, to export a single frame of your movie as an image, click the frame you want to export, then click the Share button in the toolbar and click Image.

Select all of the photos in a movie in iMovie

In iMovie, to automatically select all of the photos in a movie at once, choose Edit> Select in Movie> Photos.

Reverse a clip in iMovie

In iMovie, to reverse a clip, select it in the timeline, then click the Adjust button, then click the Speed (turtle) button and select Reverse.

Convert a movie trailer into an editable movie in iMovie

In iMovie, to convert a movie trailer into an editable movie, select the trailer in the browser, then choose File> Convert Trailer to Movie.

Play the selected item full-screen in iMovie

In iMovie, to play the selected item full-screen, choose View> Play Full Screen, or press Shift-Command-F.

Select clips that are not side by side in iMovie

In iMovie, to select clips that are not side by side, press and hold the Command key, then click each clip you want to select.

Expand the timeline in view iMovie

In iMovie on a Mac with a Multi-Touch trackpad, to expand the scale of the timeline, click anywhere in the timeline, then pinch open with two fingers.

Set the default duration of clips added to a movie in iMovie

In iMovie, to set the default duration of clips added to your movie, choose Window> Movie Properties, then click Settings and drag the Clips slider.

Add a connected clip to the timeline in iMovie

In iMovie, to connect the selected event clip to the clip at the current playhead position in the timeline, choose Edit> Connect, or press Q.

Sort events by date in iMovie

In iMovie, to sort events by date, click All Events in the Libraries list to select it, then choose View> Sort Events By> Date.

Move a project to the Trash in iMovie

In iMovie, to move a project to the Trash, select it in the All Projects library, then press Command-Delete.

Import video from a connected iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch in iMovie

In iMovie, to import video from a connected iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, click Import in the toolbar, then select your device in the sidebar, then select a clip and click "Import Selected".

Change the default duration of transitions in a movie in iMovie

In iMovie, to the change the default duration of transitions in a movie, choose Window> Movie Properties, then click Settings and drag the Transitions slider.

Add a cross-dissolve transition between clips in iMovie

In iMovie, to quickly add a cross-dissolve transition between clips, select a clip in the timeline, then choose Edit> Add Cross Dissolve, or press Command-T.

Contract the timeline view in iMovie

In iMovie on a Mac with a Multi-Touch trackpad, to contract the scale of the timeline, click anywhere in the timeline, then pinch closed with two fingers.

Adjust a project's date and time in iMovie

In iMovie, to adjust a project's date and time, select the project in the Libraries list, then choose Modify> Adjust Clip Date and Time.

Show the Libraries list in iMovie

In iMovie, to show the Libraries list, choose Window> Show Libraries, or press Shift-Command-1.

Open the clip trimmer in iMovie

In iMovie, press Command-Backslash (\) to open the clip trimmer for the selected clip.

Restore the default window layout in iMovie

In iMovie, to restore the default window layout, choose Window> Revert to Original Layout.

Select a contiguous range of clips in iMovie

In iMovie, to select a contiguous range of clips, hold down the Shift key as you click the first and last clips in the range.

Use Full Screen in iMovie

When editing a movie in iMovie, press Control-Command-F to enter or exit Full Screen mode.

View events in iMovie by the hard disk where they are stored

In iMovie, to view Events by the hard disk where they are stored, choose View> Group Events By Disk, or click the Hard Disk button in the upper-right corner of the Event Library.

Jump to the beginning of the current Event video clip in iMovie

In iMovie, when playing Event video, press the Up Arrow key to jump to the beginning of the current clip.

Preview transitions in iMovie

In the Transitions Browser in iMovie, move your pointer over the transition thumbnails to see how they animate.

Adjust the backwards playback speed of a QuickTime movie

In iMovie, to speed up a selected video clip, choose Clip> Fast Forward, then choose 2x, 4x, 8x, or 20x.

Show or hide the Event Library in iMovie

In iMovie, to show or hide the Event Library, choose Window> Show Event Library or Window> Hide Event Library, or click the Event Library button.

Keep the pointer in the middle when skimming in iMovie

In iMovie, press and hold Option-Shift when skimming over a project or event to keep the pointer in the middle of the row.

Mark a video clip with a comment in iMovie

In iMovie, to mark a video clip in your project with a comment, Control-click the clip, then choose "Add Comment Marker" from the pop-up menu.

Fade a clip to sepia in iMovie

In iMovie, to make a clip fade to sepia, select a frame range in a Project, then choose Clip> Fade to> Sepia.

Fade a clip to black and white in iMovie

In iMovie, to make a clip fade to black and white, select a frame range in a Project, then choose Clip> Fade to> Black and White.

Make title text bigger in iMovie

In iMovie, when editing title text, press Command-Plus sign (+) to make the selected text bigger.

Remove all keywords from a selected clip in iMovie

In iMovie, to remove all keywords from a selected clip, press 0 (zero).

Group events by month in iMovie

In iMovie, to view events in your Event Library by the month the event was recorded, choose View> Group Events By Month.

Apply slow motion in iMovie

In iMovie, to apply slow motion to a selected clip in the Project browser, choose Clip> Slow Motion, then choose a percentage to slow the clip.

Automatically align titles and audio clips in iMovie

In iMovie, to automatically align titles and audio clips with the ends of video clips when dragging them in the Project browser, choose View> Snap to Ends.

Organize projects into folders in iMovie

In iMovie, to organize projects into folders, open your Project Library, choose File> New Folder, name it, click Create, then select a project and drag it to the folder.

Speed up playback in the Event browser in iMovie

In Movie, when playing an event in the Event browser, to speed up playback from 1x to 2x or 4x, press the Right Arrow key one or two times, respectively.

Move an Event to the Trash in iMovie

In iMovie, to move an Event, or Event clip to the Trash, select it, then press Command-Delete.

Change the aspect ratio for a project in iMovie

In iMovie, to change the aspect ratio for a selected project, choose File> Project Properties, then choose an option from the Aspect Ratio pop-up menu.

Make title text smaller in iMovie

In iMovie, when editing title text, press Command-Minus sign (-) to make the selected text smaller.

Turn on or silence audio when skimming video in iMovie

When skimming video in iMovie, to turn on or silence audio, choose View> Audio Skimming, or press Command-K.

Open the video adjustments pane in iMovie

In iMovie, after selecting a clip, press V on the keyboard to open the Video Adjustments pane of its inspector.

Play a selected event or project from the beginning in iMovie

In iMovie, to play a selected event or project from the beginning, choose View> Play from Beginning, or press the Backslash (\) key.

Adjust the date and time of a video clip in iMovie

In iMovie, to adjust the date and time of a video clip, select it in the Event browser, then choose File> Adjust Clip Date and Time.

Change the name of a project in iMovie

In iMovie, to change the name of a project, double-click its name in the Project Library, type a new name, then press Return.

Play a video clip backwards in iMovie

In iMovie, to play a video clip backwards, double-click the clip in the Project browser, then select the Reverse checkbox and click Done.

Open or close the Keywords window in iMovie

In iMovie, press K on your keyboard to open or close the Keywords window.

Play the next clip in your Event Library in iMovie

In iMovie, when playing Event video, press the Down Arrow key to jump forward to the next clip in your Event Library.

Apply an instant replay effect in iMovie

In iMovie, to apply an instant replay effect to video, select a video clip in the Project browser, then choose Clip> Instant Replay and select a percentage.

Loosen character spacing in a title in iMovie

In iMovie, to loosen the space between characters in a title, select the text then press Command-Option-Right Arrow.

Open the audio adjustments pane in iMovie

In iMovie, after selecting a clip, press A on the keyboard to open the Audio Adjustments pane of its inspector.

Jump forward when playing an Event video in iMovie

In iMovie, press Shift-Down Arrow when playing an Event video to jump forward three seconds.

Change the duration of a transition in iMovie

In iMovie, to change the duration of a transition added to a video, double-click the transition's icon in the Project browser.

Reclaim space on your hard disk in iMovie

In iMovie, to reclaim space on your hard disk by moving rejected clips to the trash, choose File> Space Saver.

Split an Event in two in iMovie

In iMovie, to split an Event in two, select the clip in the Event Browser where you want the divide to occur, then choose File> Split Event Before Selected Clip.

Duplicate a project in iMovie

In iMovie, to duplicate a project, click the project in the Project Library to select it then choose File> Duplicate Project.

Reduce background noise in a clip in iMovie

In iMovie, to reduce background noise in a clip, double-click it, then click Audio at the top of the Inspector and select "Reduce background noise by".

Combine Events in your Event Library in iMovie

In iMovie, to combine Events in your Event Library, select two or more Events by Command-clicking each one, then choose File> Merge Events.

Turn off the sound in all clips in a project in iMovie

In iMovie, to turn off the sound in all clips in a project, select a project clip and choose Edit> Select All, then choose Clip> Mute Clips.

Print images of video clips in a project in iMovie

In iMovie, to print images of video clips as they currently appear in a project, click anywhere in the project then choose File> Print Project.

Jump back when playing an Event video in iMovie

In iMovie, press Shift-Up Arrow when playing an Event video to jump back three seconds.

Convert a movie trailer into a project in iMovie

In iMovie '11, to convert a movie trailer into a standard, editable project, open the trailer and choose File> Convert to Project.

Use a larger font in the Project and Event Library list in iMovie

In iMovie, to increase the font size used in your Project and Event Library list, choose iMovie> Preferences> Browser> Use large font in Project Library and Event Library.

Tighten character spacing in a title in iMovie

In iMovie, to tighten the space between characters in a title, select the text then press Command-Option-Left Arrow.

Apply the same adjustments to multiple clips in iMovie

In iMovie, copy an edited project clip then select another clip and choose Edit> Paste Adjustments, to apply the copied clip's audio and video adjustments to it.

Duplicate a video clip in an iMovie project

In iMovie, to duplicate a video clip in the Project browser, Option-click the clip and drag it where you want the copy to appear.

Reveal the source event for a clip in iMovie

In iMovie, Control-click a clip in a Project and select "Reveal in Event Browser", to go to its original source video in Events.

Analyze video for the presence of people in iMovie '11

In iMovie '11, to analyze video for the presence of people, select an Event then choose File> Analyze Video> People.

Display the duration of every clip in iMovie

In iMovie, to display the duration of every clip in an Event or Project, choose iMovie> Preferences> Browser> Always show clip durations.

Play a frame range or a clip in a loop in iMovie

In iMovie '11, to play a frame range or a clip in a loop, select it in the Project or Event browser and choose View> Loop Selection.

Add an audio effect to a clip in iMovie

In iMovie '11, to add an audio effect (Robot, Echo, Multi-Tune, etc.) to a clip, double-click the clip then press the Audio Effect button in its inspector window.

Specify team info for the Sports theme in iMovie

In iMovie ’11 projects using the Sports theme, to specify your team's info (player names, stats, player photos, team logos, etc.), choose Window> Sports Team Editor.

Fade a clip to dream in iMovie

In iMovie, to make a clip fade to dream, select a frame range in a Project, then choose Clip> Fade to> Dream.

Keep black borders when cropping still images in iMovie

When cropping a still image in iMovie '11, click the "Allow Black" button in the Viewer window to keep black borders in images when cropped.

Quickly add content to iMovie '11 directly from the Finder

To add content to iMovie '11 directly from the Finder, drag and drop it into ~/Movies/iMovie Events/iMovie Drop Box, then reopen iMovie.

Change the default duration for still clips in an iMovie project

To change the default duration for all stills in an iMovie project, double-click any still and enter a duration, then select "Applies to all stills".

Organize event clips in iMovie by the day they were recorded

In iMovie, to organize clips within the Event Browser by the day each clip was recorded, choose View> Show Separate Days in Events.

Duplicate the last title created in an iMovie '11 project

In an iMovie '11 project, to duplicate the last title created so that it can be reused elsewhere in the same project, choose Clip> Duplicate Last Title.

Play a clip when double-clicked on in the iMovie browser

To set iMovie to play, not edit, a clip when double-clicked on in the browser, choose iMovie> Preferences> Browser, and set "Double click to" to Play.

Add a still frame from an iMovie event to the project timeline

To add a still frame from an iMovie event clip to the project timeline, Control-click the event's frame and choose "Add Still Frame to Project" from the menu.

Place a title over a background in an iMovie project

To place a title over a colored background in iMovie, drag and drop the title before the start, after the end, or in between clips in the project timeline.

Set the start and end location for maps in iMovie

To set the start and end location for a map placed into the timeline of an iMovie '09 project, double click it to show its Inspector.

Freeze the playhead position when panning in iMovie

To freeze the position of the playhead when panning over movie clips in an iMovie '09 project, press and hold the Control key.

Trim a clip to the playhead in an iMovie project

In iMovie, to trim a clip from the point closest to its nearest border, Control-click the clip in the project timeline and choose "Trim to Playhead”.

Split a clip in an iMovie project

In iMovie, to split a project clip into two separate parts, Control-click on the clip where you want the split to be and select "Split Clip" from the pop-up menu.

Quickly move an iMovie project clip within the timeline

When running iMovie '09 on a Mac with a multi-touch trackpad, do a 3-finger swipe across a selected project clip to move it within the timeline.

Reveal in the Finder a clip from an iMovie project

In iMovie, to go to the location on your Mac where a clip in a project is stored, Control-click the clip in iMovie and choose "Reveal in Finder" from the pop-up.

Show audio ducking settings for images in iMovie

When viewing the Inspector settings for an image which overlays audio in iMovie '09, press "a" to show the image's audio ducking settings.

Show iMovie projects in full-screen

In iMovie '09, press Command+6 to show the currently-selected project in full-screen. To exit full-screen, press the Escape key.

Quickly add iMovie event clips to the project timeline

In iMovie '09, click on an event clip to select it, then press "e" on the keyboard to automatically place the clip into the project timeline.

Show the date when events in iMovie were recorded

Show the date when clips in your iMovie Event Library were recorded, via iMovie> Preferences> Browser> Show date ranges in Event list.

Extract a still image from a video frame in iMovie '09

In iMovie '09, to extract a still image from a video frame, Control-click the frame in the project timeline and choose "Add Freeze Frame" from the pop-up.

Select an entire clip in the Event Library in iMovie

In iMovie '09, Option-click on a clip in your Event Library to select the entire clip all at once, instead of just selecting a part of it.

Show detailed info about a clip in iMovie

In iMovie '09, to show detailed info about a clip as you pass the playhead over it, choose View> Playhead Info, or press Command-Y on your keyboard.

Easily extract audio from an iMovie movie clip

To separate the audio from video in a movie clip in iMovie '09, Control-click the clip and choose "Detach Audio" from the pop-up menu.

Customize the iMovie Font Panel

In iMovie '09, customize the default fonts and font colors displayed in the iMovie Font Panel by changing the settings in iMovie>Preferences>Fonts.

Browse photos from a specific timeframe in iMovie

In the iMovie photo browser, check on the "Show photos within" option to only display photos taken around the same time as your selected events.

Quickly adjust the Viewer window size in iMovie

In iMovie '09, use the keyboard shortcut Command-8, 9, or 0 to make the Viewer (preview) window small, medium or large; or use the menu, Window>Viewer.

Adjust the duration for all photos in an iMovie project

To adjust the duration of every photo in an iMovie project all at once, choose File> Project Properties> Timing then Photo Duration.