This article shows how to make a trailer for a movie made with iMovie 10 or iMovie 11 by using a clip from the early 1960s sci-fi movie Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.
Import a Movie Into iMovie
If the movie you want to use for your trailer has already been imported, you can choose it from the Library. If you haven’t already, do the following:
- Put the media file you want to use in your trailer into your computer:
If you want to use footage already on your computer, go to File > Import Media.
Select File > Import iMovie iOS Projects if the footage you want to use is in iCloud.
- Find the file you want to import and click “Import Selected.” When you choose a file or files, iMovie adds them to your iMovie Library. Depending on the file’s size, this could take a few minutes.
- Select your movie under “iMovie Library.”
You can now start making your movie trailer.
You can choose from 29 iMovie templates or genres, like Action, Adventure, Blockbuster, Documentary, Friendship, Romance, Romantic Comedy, Sports, Spy, Supernatural, and Travel. There are also some more unusual options, like Bollywood, Coming of Age, Film Noir, Indie, and Retro.
You may be wondering how Apple could have left out Bad Sci-Fi. Fair enough, there is a template for Supernatural, but we chose the Adventure template for our trailer.
Follow these steps to choose a template for your imovie trailer and use it:
- Choose New Trailer from the File menu.
- Choose the trailer template you want to use in the Create window, then click Create.
The Play icon shows up when you move your mouse over a template. By clicking “Play,” you can see an example of a trailer made with this template.
Create A Movie Trailer
The fields on each tab sheet will be different depending on the template you choose. Follow these steps to give your movie trailer the information it needs:
- Choose the “Outline” tab.
- In the “Name and Date” box, type the name of a movie and the date it came out.
- Enter the name of the movie’s star in the “Cast” box. Then, choose Male or Female from the list of Genders.
- In the Studio field, give your studio a name. Choose how your studio’s logo will look in the trailer from the list of Logo Styles. When you choose a logo style, like “Snowy Mountain Peak,” your logo will be shown above with that theme. On this tab, you can change the style of the logo and any other information at any time. However, you can’t change the logo itself.
- In the “Credits” section, write down information about the people who worked on your film and the music you used.
- Click on the tab called Storyboard. A storyboard is a picture of how your movie will be put together. Here, you can change the text that appears on the screen and choose clips from your movie that fit the storyboard. For instance, the second part of the storyboard for the Adventure template is set up for action and a medium shot.
- Follow these steps to add a video clip to each space in the storyboard:
Choose a space
Choose a photo or video under Libraries on the left side of the screen.
Don’t worry about how long a clip is; iMovie will change it to fit the time you have.
- Choose the tab called Shot List.
Here, you can see the clips you’ve added to your movie trailer organized by types, such as Action or Medium. You can change any choices on this tab or the Storyboard tab.
Watch Your Movie’s Trailer and Share It
To see the trailer for your movie, click Play below the video window. The trailer plays in the video window when you click the Play button. To see the trailer in full screen, click Full Screen. To leave full-screen mode, press the Esc key on your keyboard.
When you’re happy with your movie trailer, you can share it by going to the Projects view, clicking on the trailer, and then going to File > Share. Email, YouTube, Facebook, and Vimeo are all ways to share. You can also use the Share menu to export your movie trailer to a file that can be watched on a computer, Apple TV, iPod, iPhone, or iPad.
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