New Features in iMovie 3.0 Simplify Social Video

iMovie has long been Apple’s default tool for creating fast and beautiful videos on your iPhone or iPad. With its new iMovie 3.0 update, Apple has added a pair of new creative tools designed to help “aspiring content creators and filmmakers learn to edit and improve their video storytelling skills” and facilitate video creation.

Storylines in iMovie 3

The first new feature added in the new version of iMovie is Storyboards. These offer a selection of template-based guides to help you shoot and edit your videos. Whether you’re creating a gameplay video, a DIY tutorial, or a “Day in the Life” style vlog, these storyboards suggest shot transitions and even story prompts to keep your storytelling interesting.

With the rise in popularity of dream jobs like TikToker and YouTuber, storyboards help teach the art of storytelling and video creation right in editing software. They can also help speed up the video creation process, making it a powerful tool for on-the-go video production.

Magic Movie makes your movie… like magic

The second novelty of iMovie 3 is Magic Movie. This feature is similar to the auto-generated videos created by Photos, but with a more personalized twist.

Magic Movie converts a selection of photos and videos into a beautifully curated video in seconds
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From an album or a selection of photos and videos, Magic Movie will use AI and machine learning to identify the best parts of your photos or videos, and instantly create a movie – complete with titles, transitions and music. Once created, you can quickly adjust timing, delete or rearrange clips, or apply styles to change the look and tone of your video.

In a Press release statement for the update, Apple’s Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing Bob Borcher said “iMovie has empowered millions of people around the world to create and share their stories through the video”. According to Borcher, “this latest release of iMovie, along with Storyboards and Magic Movie, simplifies video creation even further, and we believe it will continue to inspire the next wave of video creators to dive in and get started.”

iMovie 3 is now available as a free update on iPhone and iPad, and requires iOS 15.2 or iPadOS 15.2.