iMovie Basics

Help Center Apple iMovie iMovie Basics

Below you see the iMovie screen and the controls that are used to create movies. An explanation of the use of each follows:

  1. Monitor: You watch the clips in this window.
  2. Scrubber Bar: This special scrollbar lets you move to anywhere in either a single clip, or the whole movie.
    Note: The Playhead is the downward pointing triangle near the end of the Scrubber. It shows exactly where you are in the clip. You may move it a single frame with the arrow keys. The current selection is highlighted yellow in the Scrubber Bar.
  3. Clips/Timeline Viewer: Allows you to toggle between Clips view (shown) and Timeline view.
  4. Camera/Edit Mode: Switches between Camera and Edit mode. Camera mode allows you to import video from your miniDV camera, while Edit mode allows you to work with your project.
  5. Movie Track: This shows the order in which the clips will play. Clips can be dragged to reorder them.
  6. Playback Controls: These control both the playback of the movie and the operation of the camera depending on whether the Camera or Edit mode is selected.
  7. Clips Pane: The current pane is the Clips Panes, where clips are placed upon import. Is a part of the Design Panes.
  8. Volume Control: This controls the speaker volume of the computer.
    Note: It does not change the volume levels in your video or audio clips.
  9. Pane Tabs: These five buttons enable you to use the special stuff which bring movies to life.
  10. Free Space Indicator: This shows the amount of hard drive space you have available.
  11. Project Trash: This holds the deleted clips. Empty the trash when the project is finished or you need to recover the disk space.
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