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5 Time Saving Tips for Magic Movies & Storyboards in iMovie

18th April 2022


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11" iPad Pro (2nd Generation)
iPadOS 15

Jacob Woolcock

18th April 2022

Jacob Woolcock



| iMovie
11" iPad Pro (2nd Generation)
iPadOS 15

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I’ve been exploring the latest update in iMovie and have been having great fun creating short films using Storyboards and Magic Movies. As I’ve been exploring I’ve discovered 5 really helpful tips that I wanted to share with you. Two tips for Magic Movies, two for Storyboards and one that works on both.

So grab a coffee, relax and get ready to level-up your iMovie game!


With the new update to iMovie bringing Storyboards and Magic Movie there are more ways than ever to create film on the iPad and iPhone.

In this video I’ll show you five awesome tips to make your editing even better using these two new features.

Here I’ve got a Magic Movie that I’ve made of a holiday to Cologne from a couple of years ago.

There are three different sorts of clips in this video: there are clips from the zoo, there are clips and some gardens that I visited and then there are some nice time-lapses looking out over the city.

I want these time-lapses to come first as an introduction to my movie.

So I’m going to press Select on that bottom toolbar and then here I can quickly edit my clips.

If I wanted to I could select multiple clips at once and delete them really easily, but I want to rearrange this clip.

So what I’ll do is I’ll use the little handle on the right hand side and I’ll simply tap and slide my finger up the screen to relocate that clip to the very top.

I can repeat that for the other few clips as well looking out over Cologne.

And then when I Play my movie it starts with that lovely title before going on to the other clips and then the zoo.


And that gives the video a lot more context as well, rather than just being to animals – now we know those animals are in Cologne!

However on second thought I perhaps want to put the zoo animals towards the end and have those nice gardens and fountains before that.

That way we build up to the cute animals at the end of the video!

Now I could do what I did before and manually move each clip up in the order, but that’s going to take a while.

Instead let’s use Groups.

So all I’m going to do is I’m going to drag one clip on top of another.

That will then create a group – and I’m going to call this ‘Zoo’.

Then I can go through and drag any other clips into that Zoo section.

I can change the order if I want to, or just drop them at the bottom and it will add it at the end of that group.

Then I can do the same thing for ‘Gardens’ just to organise my project a bit more.

So I’ll drag one clip on top of another, make a new group and call it ‘Gardens’.

Then we’ll add in the remaining footage into that group.

To make it easier to navigate my project I can then use a little chevron arrow to collapse those two groups, and then I can simply drag-and-drop the whole group in one go to change the order of my Magic Movie.

Of course if I wanted to I could delete a whole group as well by simply swiping to the left and then tapping delete.

But I’m not gonna do that on this movie.

Now this tip will work in both Magic Movies and Storyboard templates – and a lot of comments on my last two videos questioned if you could do this or not.

Well you can!

You can make clips longer or shorter (even if the placeholder specified a certain time to begin with).

To do it simply tap on the clip you want to change, press the pencil and go on to Edit Clip.

From here you can then drag those orange bars to make the clip shorter or, if you know the clip originally was longer, you can extend it as well.

So now I’ve made those flamingos a little bit shorter I’m going to tap onto the elephant clip as well and make that a couple of seconds shorter to make my finished film a little bit more punchy.

Finally I’ve got this nice time-lapse looking out over Cologne Cathedral at sunset and I know that this clip is a little bit longer than what iMovie has trimmed for me.

So again I’ll go to Edit Clip and I’ll just pull out that slider to make the clip the full length.

That way I can customise exactly what’s in my movie to just what I want.

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Okay, sales pitch over – here’s tip number four!

Okay, jumping into a new project in Storyboard mode now and this one is a Book Review.

I’m going to show you how you can change that template to give yourself more flexibility and more creative options.

So what I want to do is add in a whole new section to my book review all about the main characters.

And what I’m going to do is I’m going to use some of the placeholders as a starting point.

So I’m going to press Select and tap the clips that I want to duplicate.

I’m thinking I’ll take that Medium Shot, the Reference shot and the Close-Up shot as a starting point.

When I’ve selected those three I’m going to press Duplicate on the bottom toolbar and that will create a copy of those clips underneath the current ones.

And now we can start dragging and dropping these clips to rearrange them on my timeline.

Just like in tip number two, we’re going to create a new Group by dragging one of these clips on top of the other thereby creating a group.

I’m then going to go in and I’ll rename this group.

So for this one I’m going to call it ‘Main Characters’ and that way I’ll know exactly what it is I want when I come to make my video later on.

Now you can also rename the individual clips by swiping them sideways and tapping Rename.

This is great, especially if you’re working with students, as you can then label what you want to have in each of those clips.

As it stands at the moment I’ve not found a way to edit the description of each clip.

If you know way of doing that please let me know in the comments down below.

Now I’ve created that new group and I’ve renamed all three clips inside it I can then minimise all of my groups to see a better look at my structure of the project overall.

And now I’ve customised that Storyboard to add a whole new section it’s almost as if I planned it – because tip number five follows on exactly from this moment!

What we’re going to do now is we’re going to think “well actually, I might want to use this template again but I don’t want to have to go through that whole process every time I start a new book review”.

Now you can’t share the template of a Storyboard very easily in iMovie, but there is a clever and fairly simple work around.

First up we’ll press Done to go back to our Project Overview and then we’re going to tap on the project that we’ve been working on.

Now from here there is a Share button at the bottom of your screen (and this is normally where you export it as a movie) but we want to share the project itself.

So tap on the little button at the top (it’s quite easy to miss!) and then select Project instead.

Now you could share this project with other people – for example students or colleagues – very easily by AirDropping it or adding it to a platform like Showbie or even sending it by email, but we’re going to add it back to our own iPad to create another version of that template.

So what we’ll do is we’ll press Save to Files and then we can choose somewhere in the File browser to save it.

Then when you’ve pressed Save that will create a copy of your project in Files on your iPad or iPhone.

Finally we’ll go back to that iMovie home screen and in the top corner we’re going to press those three dots.

From here you can go to Import Project and, you’ve guessed it, you can find that project in Files and tap on it to bring it in.

I’ve now got two different book reviews (both the same template) and I can customise each one.

And you can do this as many times as you like.

Three dots, Import Project.

Boom! You’ve got a third one ready to go.

And there you have it – five quick and simple tips to help you make even more out of these new iMovie updates.

If you’ve got any other iMovie tips please share them in the comments below so other people can see them too – and if you’ve got any questions drop them down there as well and I’ll do my best to help you if I can.

I hope you found this video helpful.

There are literally hundreds more on my YouTube channel down below so make sure you head over there now.

I’ll see you next time!

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The iMovie app is a video editing tool by Apple that enables users to create and edit high-quality movies and trailers on their devices. It offers a range of features, including themes, transitions, and audio enhancements, making it accessible for both beginners and more experienced video editors.

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This QuickTip video was recorded on an 11" iPad Pro (2nd Generation)
running iPadOS 15.

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