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iMovie: Applying Effects & Adjustments

iMovie, Version: 10.1.4. Be aware that different versions of iMovie will vary in appearance and functionality. Full Guide: View/Download


To apply access effects and adjustment, select the desired clip in the Timeline. The Adjustments will appear above the Preview Window.

adjustment icons
  1. Auto-Enhance: iMovie attempts to automatically improve the video and audio quality of the selected clip.
  2. Color Balance: change the color to match the other clips and adjust white balance.
  3. Color Correction: Brighten/darken the footage, increase/decrease color intensity, adjust the blue/orange tones.
  4. Crop: cut out portions of photo/video clips.
  5. Stabilization: decrease shakiness of video. Always use a tripod when recording.
  6. Volume
  7. Noise Reduction and Equalizer: decrease the unwanted background noise and alter the timbre of the audio.
  8. Speed: slow down, speed up, and reverse footage. Slow footage is marked with a turtle; fast footage is marked with a rabbit; reversed footage is marked with a backward play symbol.
  9. Clip Filter and Audio Effect: color effects such as black and white; audio effects such as echo.
  10. Clip information: view the duration and name of the clip.
When an adjustment is selected, options will appear directly below it.

To undo all adjustments, click Reset All.