iMovie Gets a Big Update on iPhone, iPad

Posted on April 12, 2022 by Paul Thurrott in Apple, iOS, iPadOS, Music + Videos with 7 Comments

Apple has issued a major update to iMovie on the iPhone and iPad that makes it easier to create and share a finished movie.

“iMovie has empowered millions of people around the world to create and share their stories through video,” Apple vice president Bob Borchers says. “This latest version of iMovie, featuring Storyboards and Magic Movie, simplifies video creation even further, and we think it will continue to inspire the next wave of video creators to dive in and get started.”

iMovie 3.0 for iPhone and iPad adds the following two major new features:

Storyboards. Positioned as a simpler alternative to the usual iMovie timeline, Storyboards provides 20 different templates for popular video types like cooking tutorials, Q&As, product reviews, news reports, and more, so you can get started more quickly. Each includes a shot list, an illustrative thumbnail, and tips, and you can, of course, add, reorder, and delete shots from a storyboard as needed.

Magic Movie. This feature creates custom videos with titles, transitions, and music with just a few taps. To do so, you just select an album or group of photos from your library. Then, you can rearrange or delete clips using a simplified Magic Movie shot list, or edit the project further by adding styles.

Completed Storyboard videos and Magic Movies can be shared through Messages, Mail, and across social media platforms, Apple says.

Storyboards and Magic Movie arrive as part of iMovie 3.0, which is available today as a free update for iPhones (iOS 15.2 or later) and iPads (iPadOS 15.2 or later).

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Comments (7)

7 responses to “iMovie Gets a Big Update on iPhone, iPad”

  1. mclark2112

    Interesting, will have to play with this later.

  2. Donte

    Paul will ditch Windows by the end of the year. He will be an iPhone/iPad/Mac/Apple Watch/Air Pod/Apple TV fan!

  3. Stabitha.Christie

    I’m really surprised that Apple hasn’t added features for social media content creation. If nothing else, it should really have an option for editing video shot in portrait mode to support TikTok and Instagram users.

  4. Chris_Kez

    I played with it a bit. I thought Story Boards was pretty good. Magic Movie lets you pick a bunch of clips, then the app smartly trims each clip to pull out a good, short snippet and puts them together with some music. Google Photos has had a similar feature for years, but it compresses the heck out of the video, and the feature is now buried in the app. Anyway, Magic Movie worked pretty well except for one fatal flaw (for me, at least)-- it puts the clips into reverse chronological order. I dumped about 20 clips from a recent vacation into the app, and the resulting movie starts with us landing back at home and finishes with us leaving home for the airport. The only way to fix this is to hand drag every single clip into order. This seems like a bizarre decision. Like, why not order clips in the same fashion that, you know, time itself flows?

    • wright_is

      I just threw in a movie of my wife reading to our granddaughter and I was very impressed with the filters, especially how they were done instantly, click filter, start playing and watch.

      I don't do much video, I probably have a total of less than 5 minutes of video on my phone and less than an hour in total on OneDrive from all my previous phones, so I didn't really have any material to play with and didn't have the time to go and shoot some more film to string together.