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1 Open iMovie, Create New Project

Open iMove and create a new project using File > New (Apple + N).

Create a New Project

Name the project, choose a destination and then press Create

Menu Commands

Menus and Commands

Whenever you see a command, such as File > Save Project, it refers to commands in the menu bar (top of the screen).

Keyboard shortcuts are given in parenthesis; for example, (Apple + S) indicates that the apple key should be held and the 'S' key should be pressed once.

2 Import the Videos

Use File > Import (Apple + Shift + I), and browse to the directory containing the videos. Select all the video files you plan to use and click open.

Import a File

Trouble Importing or Finding the Video File?

If you cannot use or find the videos, they probably aren't in a Mac compatible format (the files might end in .avi or .wmv).

You can try converting them to the .mp4 format with the free video transcoding software ffmpegX

3 Videos Appear in the Clip Library

If all went well, your footage should appear in the clips library. Just click on the name of a clip to rename it.

Import a File

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