iMovie for iOS (iPhone, iPod touch): Add video clips and photos from the photo library
Add video clips
With your project open, scroll the timeline so that the playhead (the white vertical line) appears where you want to add a video clip.
The new clip is added either before or after the existing clip, whichever is closest to the playhead.
Tap the Add Media button , then tap Videos.
Tap to select a video category from the list.
In the media library, do any of the following:
To preview a clip before adding it to your project: Tap to select the clip, then tap the Play button .
You can also swipe your finger left and right over a clip to manually preview it, which can help you identify exactly which part of the clip you want to use.
Note: If you’re using iCloud Photo Library, video clips in iCloud but not on your device appear with a cloud icon . For more information, see Transfer media to your iOS device.
To show only favorite or unused clips: Tap Favorites or Unused Media.
To add a clip, do one of the following:
To add an entire clip to your movie project: Tap the clip, then tap the Add to Project button .
To trim the clip before you add it: Tap the clip, drag the yellow trim handles to select just the portion of the clip you want to add, then tap the Add to Project button .
You can also trim a video clip after you add it to a project.
To add the clip’s audio only: Tap the clip, then tap the Audio Only button .
To add the clip as an overlay: Tap the clip, then tap one of the following options:
Cutaway: Adds the clip so that during playback, the movie “cuts away” from the main clip in the timeline and shows the cutaway clip instead.
Picture-in-picture: Adds the clip so that during playback, the clip appears in a smaller window, superimposed on the main clip in the timeline.
Split-screen: Adds the clip so that during playback, the clip appears next to the main clip in the timeline. The two clips appear side by side, equal in size.
To learn more about video overlays, see Adjust effects in the viewer.
The added portion of the clip appears in the media library with an orange line at the bottom to indicate that it’s already being used in the project. You can use any portion of video as many times as you want in a project.
You can add photos—those in your photo library or synced to your device from your computer—to any iMovie project.
To learn how to take photos directly into iMovie, see Record video and take photos.
With your project open, scroll the timeline so that the playhead (the white vertical line) appears over the location where you want to add the photo.
You can move the photo later if you want.
If the playhead is over a video clip, the photo is added either before or after the clip, whichever is closest to the playhead.
Tap the Add Media button , then tap Photos or Albums.
If you’re using iCloud Photo Library, photos in iCloud but not on your device appear with a cloud icon . For more information, see Transfer media to your iOS device.
Tap an album, then tap the photo you want to add.
To preview a photo before adding it, touch and hold the photo in the media library until it appears in the pop-up viewer.
The added photo appears for a duration of 3 to 6 seconds, depending on the length of the transitions that appear before and after the photo, but you can shorten or extend the duration using trim handles. A Ken Burns effect is also applied to the photo, which means the camera appears to sweep across and zoom in on the image. To adjust this effect, see Adjust effects in the viewer.