iMovie makes no sense

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by hwalker84, Jun 24, 2010.

  1. hwalker84 macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2010
    Why the hell do I have to have location services on to access pictures and movies that I took on the iPhone but not in the iMovie app???
  2. Advil macrumors 6502a

    Oct 4, 2008
    yeah i don't get this app much, i'm trying to find a simple manual
  3. hwalker84 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2010
    The manual is on the Apple site. I'll try and find it.
  4. Sweetbike40 macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2007
  5. bahooki macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2010
    So far it's been dreadful for me. I spent two hours making a 3 min 30 second edited video and the stupid thing crashes every time I try to export. It's also one of the most unintuitive pieces of crap I've ever seen from Apple. I expect better from them and I didn't get it.
  6. hwalker84 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2010
    Yeah the interface leaves something to be desired.
  7. kaputsport macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2010
    Carlisle, PA
    Location services are setup to allow geolocation information to be imported into the program. If the image states you took this photo in sanfrancisco, it might automatically tag the picture and notate that it is infact San Francisco.

    Why is it so hard to just turn off the location based services? I mean, if you don't like it, don't use it.
  8. jalpert macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2008
    I wanted to cut 3 minutes out of the middle of a 7 minute video. I ended up trimming one end, exporting. Then I trimmed the other end, exported. Then created a new project and combined the two trims. What a pain in the ass.

    iMovie is NOT for video editing. All iMovie can do is multimedia presentations by combining video clips. It's basically PowerPoint for video.
  9. Chimpware macrumors regular

    Oct 16, 2007
    You don't, when you start iMovie it asks, because it is accessing photos and video that already have this data included in them, if you had it turned on for taking photos and video outside of iMovie.
  10. Sweetbike40 macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2007
    To clip video I would just drop the same video in then trim again. Don't have to export it. The trimming is a pain. Hope they update this app soon. It's a disappointment now.
    Also, I exported my 1 minute movie that took forever to make, selected the highest setting (720)
    and my final video was a small square. I expected it to fill the screen. Did I do something wrong? I don't like the tiny movie.
  11. CrAkD macrumors 68040


    Feb 15, 2010
    Boston, MA
    I did a quick movie yesterday just to see how it was. I found it pretty easy. Some of the button icons are kind of confusing. Only thing I couldn't figure out is how to use a song to REPLACE the video sound? When i added a song it still playing the video sound over it.
  12. Requiemm macrumors regular

    May 23, 2008

    Fromn the FAQ at

    "From the Camera Roll you can share your movie in the following ways:

    * Email
    * MMS (multimedia message)
    * YouTube
    * MobileMe Gallery

    iPhone 4 scales the file before sharing to a maximum resolution of 568 x 320. If you want to upload a higher resolution version, you need to sync your movie back to your computer and then upload it from there."

    I had the same issue and found it there.
  13. pedz macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2007
    To replace clip sound with audio double tap the video clip and turn off the audio, the soundtrack will automatically play over it. If you leave the clip audio on then the soundtrack volume will be lowered.
  14. dana0550 macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2010

    Since there are no instructions I just did what Apple always shows us to do with the iPhone. Tap, drag and double tap. Those are all the inputs the App needs to function.

    I made this movie in about 5 minutes. It demonstrates the features of iMovie quite well. The only problem I see is that it's quite limited. You can only choose from 5 themes and the background music can be turned on and off only. You cannot select a custom song.

    Hoping they add more functionality in the future.

    Here is a link to the video I made in iMovie. It's in 720P. Three clips merged into one, beginning, middle, and ending theme added with text.
  15. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
    Glad I didn't purchase, I'm seeing way more negative feedback than good. Mainly trimming related.
  16. Chimpware macrumors regular

    Oct 16, 2007
    Good thought, I was just going to post that this was one of the annoyances as I just shot and edited a video. Another workaround:

    Cannot add titles to Pictures - Create a new iMovie Project, add the photo and adjust Ken Burns to your liking, then export just this clip as a Movie in HD to your Camera Roll, then start a new Project and add this clip and you can now add a Title to a Photo.
  17. Chimpware macrumors regular

    Oct 16, 2007
    You can choose a customer song, just click the icon to add collateral to your project and at the bottom choose Audio and you can use any of your music.
  18. The Phazer macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2007
    London, UK
    Yeah, this is hugely disappointing. I'm amazed how bad trimming is.

  19. FSUSem1noles macrumors 68000


    Feb 23, 2006
    Ft. Lauderdale
    Yeah, the trimming aspect is time consuming and leaves you with a feeling of "missing something"...
  20. nimbleslick macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2007
    I'm actually pretty impressed with iMovie for the iPhone. I guess my expectations aren't as high as everyone else's, but keeping in mind this is a PHONE with a 3.5 inch screen, the app seems to do a decent job for the average joe. I had no problem making two movies last night with videos and photos of a recent trip.
  21. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    The location services are used in case you take a video or picture inside of iMovie so that it can be geotagged. If you say no it should still be able to access the location of where you took the pictures and video if you enabled it in camera.

    Of the many other things it needs, I wish it had a slice function to slice a long clip into shorter clips without having to drag the same long clip into the timeline multiple times, and trimming it each time...
  22. pixpixpix macrumors regular

    Apr 19, 2005
    How to rotate video?

    A video I made came out sideways. Does anyone know how to rotate it in the iPhone iMovie app?
  23. ipoddin macrumors 6502a


    Jan 6, 2004
    Los Angeles
    Agreed, this is stupid. Why can't they put a simple "splice" action so you can splice out a piece of a clip you don't want?
  24. thelumpya2 macrumors regular


    Nov 24, 2008
    i had the EXACT same problem last night and I was very frusterated and made a thread complaining about it.

    Also, I hate how you have to start at the beginning of the camera roll every time you want to add a new photo or video to the timeline. I would prefer if it would load the camera roll in the same place you left from, but even if it started from the bottom it would make more sense. You are more likely to be making a movie with your most RECENT pictures and video than you are to be making one with photos and video you may have taken a year or more ago.

    You can't do a simple "fade" either, the movie I made just abruptly ends and I tried forever to figure out how to make it fade out.

    This app needs help to be really usefull... they made it look amazing at the WWDC..

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