First of all, let’s just get the elephant in the room out of the way – yes, the iMovie computer program is only available for OS X, so you’ll need a Mac computer to run it. However, some teachers have Macs at home, so it’s worthwhile to address this great program.
OK, now that’s out of the way, let’s talk about how iMovie can help your educational video production. If you are dealing with a lot of live footage, and you want a relatively rich editing set but still want the your editing experience to be fast and simple, then there really isn’t any better choice than iMovie. The reason this program is the “cream of the crop” when it comes to novice and intermediate level editing is because of it’s unparalleled ease-of-use… but hiding under the covers are some powerful tools as well.
So if I have your interest, take a look at the following tutorial – it will get you up and running with iMovie in no time.
Now to answer the obvious question – what if I don’t have a Mac? Well, there is another possibility for accessing iMovie, and that’s from your iPad or iPhone. The iMovie app is very affordable (only $4.99) and is a lot of fun to use. While it is nowhere near as fully featured as the iMovie computer application, it will still get the job done for basic editing tasks. A future blog post will address using the iMovie app for iPad, so watch for it!