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How To Make a Movie on iPhone

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iPhone has revolutionized independent filmmaking. Its portability, user-friendly interface, superior processors, and three separate camera lenses give you everything you need to make a great movie on your phone. However, many users don’t know how to go through this process.  

Quick Answer

To make a movie on iPhone, plan your story and write a script, shoot it, and edit it using Apple’s iMovie movie-making app.

To make things easy for you, we took the time to write a detailed step-by-step guide on how to make a movie on iPhone with clear instructions. We will also explain editing your film using iMovie. 

Making a Movie on iPhone

If you want to make a movie using your iPhone and have no idea where to start, our comprehensive step-by-step method will help you go through the entire process quickly.

Step #1: Planning the Movie

The first step of creating a movie on an iPhone is to plan it out. Your story must have all the key elements of an interesting story, an exciting plot, a setting, and conflict. Make sure you have a script written before you start.

Step #2: Shooting Your Movie 

In the second step, start shooting your movie. To do this, unlock your iPhone, swipe left to access the App Library, and tap the Camera app

When the app is launched, select “VIDEO” mode and tap the red button to start recording. Once you have captured the video, tap the red button to stop recording. Make sure you record 10 seconds before and after the required scene for ease of editing.  

If you want to change the video resolution and frame rates, you can do so with the help of the steps mentioned below.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Scroll down and tap “Camera”.
  3. Tap “Record Video”.
  4. Select the video resolution and frame rate option you want.
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Step #3: Installing iMovie

If the iMovie app has not come pre-installed on your iPhone, go to App Store, tap the “Search” option at the lower left corner of your screen and enter “iMovie in the search bar. 

Download the app on your iPhone by tapping “GET” next to the app and entering your password to confirm. 

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Step #4: Editing Your Movie

Once the iMovie is installed on your phone, launch the app and tap “Movie” to select the already shot videos. Tap the videos to use them in the movie. Now, tap “Create Movie” at the bottom of the screen to edit the clips.

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That’s It!

Once you have edited the film, tap “Done” at the top left corner of the screen, and your movie will be saved under “Projects”.

Editing a Movie Using iMovie

If you don’t know how to edit a movie using iMovie, our 9 step-by-step methods will help you accomplish your goal without much effort. 

Method #1: Trim a Clip

To trim a clip on iMovie, follow the quick and simple steps below.

  1. Tap the clip you want to trim from the timeline.
  2. Drag the yellow trim handle at the clip’s start to position the beginning.
  3. Drag the yellow trim handle at the end of the clip to position the end.
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Method #2: Add a Clip

You can add a clip to your iMovie timeline using the below steps.

  1. Tap the plus icon at the top of the timeline.
  2. Tap “Videos” under the “VIDEOS & PHOTOS” section.
  3. Select the video you want to add.
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All Done!

Tap the plus icon under the video, and it will be added to your iMovie timeline. 

Method #3: Delete a Clip 

To delete a clip from your iMovie timeline, do these steps. 

  1. Locate the clip you want to remove.
  2. Tap and drag the clip outside the timeline. 
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Alternate Method

You can also delete a clip from your project using an alternative method with the help of these steps. 

1. Tap the clip you want to remove.
2 Tap “Delete”.

Method #4: Add a Soundtrack

If you want to add a soundtrack to your movie, do these steps.

  1. Tap the plus icon at the top of the timeline.
  2. Tap “Audio”
  3. Tap “Soundtracks”.
  4. Tap the soundtrack to preview it.
  5. Tap the plus icon next to the soundtrack to add it to your movie.
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Quick Tip

In addition to the already available soundtracks, you can also choose to add your downloaded music to the movie.

1. Tap the plus icon at the top of the timeline.
2. Tap “Audio” > “My Music”.
3. Tap “Songs”.
4. Tap the song to preview it.
5. Tap the plus icon next to the soundtrack to add it to your movie.

Method #5: Adjust Zoom Effects

In iMovie, you can adjust zoom effects with the help of the stated steps.

  1. Tap the clip.
  2. Tap the magnifying glass icon on the viewing screen.
  3. Pinch in to zoom out.
  4. Pinch out to crop and zoom in.
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Method #6: Adjust the Video Speed 

If you want to adjust the speed of a clip in iMovie, use the steps listed down.

  1. Tap the clip.
  2. Tap the speedometer icon in the inspector.
  3. Drag the yellow slider to increase or decrease the speed.
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Method #7: Add Text 

iMovie allows you to add text to a clip using the steps mentioned.

  1. Tap the clip you want to add the text.
  2. Tap the “T” icon in the inspector. 
  3. Tap the text style you want.
  4. Tap “TITLE TEXT HERE” on the screen.
  5. Tap “Edit” to enter the text.
  6. Tap “Done”.
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More Info

To reposition the text, touch and drag the text and drop it where you want to position it. To resize the text, touch and pinch or expand it until it becomes the size you want. 

Method #8: Add Filters 

You can also add video effects to your movies using the app. Here is how you can add filters to the clips.

  1. Tap the clip.
  2. Tap the overlapping-circles icon in the inspector. 
  3. Tap the filter you want to use.
  4. Drag the slider to adjust the filter effect.
  5. Tap the overlapping-circles icon again to apply the filter.
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Method #9: Add Voiceovers

To make your movie more interesting, you can add a voiceover with the help of these easy-to-follow steps.

  1. Tap the plus icon at the top of the timeline.
  2. Tap “Voiceover”
  3. Tap “Record” when ready.
  4. Tap “Stop” to end the recording.
  5. Tap “Accept” to add the recording to your movie.
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Method #10: Adjust the Sound

You can adjust the sound of the clips in the following way.

  1. Tap the clip.
  2. Tap the sound icon in the inspector. 
  3. Drag the slider to adjust the sound.
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Additional Actions

To delete your recording once it has been added to your movie, follow these steps.

1. Tap the recording under the clip.
2. Tap the scissor icon in the inspector.
3. Tap “Delete”.

Summary

In this guide on making a movie on iPhone, we have explored using the iMovie app to create a movie. We have also discussed how you can edit your project on iMovie.

Hopefully, your questions are discussed in this article, and now you can create professional-looking movies without any assistance or prior experience. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you need any special equipment to make a movie on your iPhone?

In addition to your iPhone, you would also need a separate microphone, tripod stand, and ring lights to create a professional-looking movie.

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