Getting Started with iMovie

Importing Video Footage

Video Compatibility

Importing Still Images

Importing from an External Source


iMovie for iPad App in Landscape Mode

Importing Video Footage

To import video that you have taken with the Camera App, open iMovie and select your project.

Press the video button, and iMovie will check through the Camera Roll for any video footage and display it in the Library. If you don’t see any of your footage, close iMovie and open it up again.

If you are still having issues, do a force close and open iMovie again. If after doing a force close you are unable to see your video,check to make sure that your clip is supported by iMovie.

By default the iMovie app only supports video taken by the iPad or similar device: “H.264 video up to 1080p … in m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps… in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps… in .avi file format” (source). If the clip you are trying to import is not compatible with iMovie for the iPad, you will need to convert the file on a desktop computer. If you are unsure whether or not your clip is compatible or need help converting, please go to the iPad Resource Center in 377N.

Click on the image clip you wish to import into your project– you can click and drag the circles around the clip to import just the selected part. When you are ready to import, press the blue arrow, or drag the clip into the timeline pane.

Importing Still Images

Any image you save from the web, or take using the Camera App is automatically added to the Camera Roll. Open iMovie, select your project, and press the picture icon. Select the Camera Roll.

Locate the picture you want to insert and press it. iMovie will automatically add it past the red frame position in the timeline pane.

Some pictures are extremely large, or small, so to make adjustments to the image, click on it under the timeline pane. Under the video preview, you can drag around the picture, or pinch to zoom in or out. What you see in the preview box is how iMovie will display the picture in your video.

Importing from an External Source

If you have an iPad Camera Connection Kit, you can import compatible video or image files from an SD card or camera. If you need access to a kit, you can borrow one from the iPad Resource Center located in 377N.

If you use the SD Connection Adapter insert into the bottom of the iPad and the SD Card facing up into the adapter.

If you use the Camera Adapter, attach the cable to the adapter and the camera, and make sure the camera is turned on.


If the iPad is unable to read your camera, then it might need to have Disk Mode enabled in order for you to import footage. If the camera uses an SD Card, we recommend take it out and use the SD Connection Adapter instead. Otherwise consult the AV department or go to the iPad Resource Center for further assistance.

Once you connect your SD Card or Camera to your iPad using the appropriate adapter, iPhoto will automatically launch and display all available, compatible, content for import. If you do not see your footage or photos, you will need to import these files using a computer. Go to the iPad Resource Center for further assistance.


If you only want to import a few photos or footage, the press the items you wish to import.

A blue check box means that those files will only be imported.

Press import and select Import Selected. If you want to import all your content then select Import All.

After iPhoto is done importing, it will give you the option to keep or delete the files you imported. We recommend you keep your files.

When you open iMovie, all your imported video content will be available in the Library. Photos will be separated however– you can select to see all photos you ever imported, by the date the photo was taken, or by the last import.