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More iMovie for iPhone Details Released

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During the 2010 WWDC Keynote presentation, a demo of iMovie for iPhone impressed the audience. Being able to edit HD videos right on the iPhone 4 appeared simple and seamless, making it one of the much anticipated iPhone apps. However, we did not hear a lot of iMovie details from Apple. That is until TidBITS was able to get some more information from their Apple sources.

  • iMovie for iPhone will require the iPhone 4, and not be available for the iPhone 3GS. Handling video and creating real-time transitions needs the power of the iPhone 4’s A4 processor.
  • Projects edited on the phone cannot “currently” be transferred to iMovie on the Mac for further editing; projects stay on the phone. (The edited movies can be exported or synced to iTunes, however.)
  • Video clips can be recorded directly within iMovie for iPhone or come from the Camera Roll (clips previously shot using the phone’s built-in camera). Based on how the Camera Roll works, I suspect it may also be possible to work with clips you’ve shot elsewhere by emailing them from your computer to the phone, then saving the attachment to the Camera Roll. The clips would need to be properly formatted as H.264 videos (and without having the software or an iPhone 4 to test, I don’t know which specifications that entails).
  • iMovie for iPhone is scheduled to ship June 24th to coincide with the launch of the iPhone 4.
  • The app is currently for the iPhone 4 only, and won’t run on the iPad. I suspect the app is tailored to the iPhone 4’s higher-density screen, and therefore wouldn’t work within the iPad’s pixel-doubled compatibility mode. (I’d be very surprised if an iMovie for iPad version doesn’t appear at some point, possibly with the release of iOS 4 for the iPad in a few months.)

So the biggest point from above is that iMovie will be limited to the iPhone 4 due to the processor requirements. I’m sure the jailbreak community will figure out a way to bypass this and implement iMovie on the iPhone 3GS. Even if that does happen, I’m not sure how well iMovie will run though.

Are you looking forward to trying out iMovie for iPhone?

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  • sporadik

    Wonder how long the battery life is editing HD clips on the phone, and would I need to wear oven mitts while doing it?

  • Good question. Currently my iPhone 3GS gets pretty hot after extended use.

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  • Not for 3GS? Lames Brown

  • chantellejoy

    I'm really, really hoping that they release an iMovie for ipad. Seriously, how sick would that be? Syncing vids from iPhone 4 to your ipad to edit? More incentive to own both devices! *keeping fingers crossed*

  • Ralph

    even though there are some restriction, editing video on your phone is pretty cool! Too bad the 3GS will not support iMovie for iOS 4… I don't know if anyone notice it or not, they are going to drop the price on the 3GS from $199 to $99 dollars…but the model is only 8Gb lol We FINALLY get to see the REAL 8Gb 3GS!!!!

  • Zeke2d

    What would do if you had iMovie for the iPad? Sure, you could edit clips, but you need to sync them from somewhere. Say you had a video clip on your mac you wanted to edit, would you sync the video clip to your iPad and edit it there and sync it back, or just use iMovie for the Mac? Unless the iPad can take video (maybe in the second generation) then there is no need for iMovie for the iPad. Why would you sync your videos from your iPhone 4 to iPad to edit? Bigger screen I know, but is it really worth it? I doubt Apple will put iMovie on the iPad, they have a way of excluding devices from their “devices to put new software on” list. However, they would probably do it if the iPad could take video. The iPad is actually a good enough device to own even if you do already have the iPhone 4. You would basically just use it as home as a netbook computer but JUST for internet.

  • iPhone boy

    Very true

  • chantellejoy

    I think that having iMovie on the iPad would be beneficial to me for the following reasons.

    1) Bigger screen. Simply put, editing on the iPad instead of the iPhone 4 would be easier because of this.
    2) More Storage, some people are already concerned about the storage size of the iPhone 4 when filming in HD
    3) (This is my biggest point as I think that a lot of iPad owners are in the same boat as me here: ) I don't have a Mac desktop/laptop. To be able to sync files directly from my iPhone 4 to my iPad (via Dropbox) for iMovie editing would be unbelievably easy/awesome.

    Yes I'm always going to have to sync in (since the iPad doesn't have a camera) but I'll likely store those vids on my iPad – it's perfect for mobile video viewing, taking to friends houses to share videos you made, etc etc. Of course, I always have the option to sync back to my PC – but the usefulness of iMovie for iPad to me is obvious, and I don't see any reason why Apple shouldn't give us the option.

    Also: I think that limiting the iPad to being your 'Internet Surfing Device' is an insult to it's capabilities. I know Apple likes to call all of it's devices “revolutionary” but seriously folks, this one pretty much is. Wise up, and start thinking outside the box.

  • Zeke2d

    Yes I agree, editing video on a bigger screen would give you more capabilities. I see, so you plan on keeping all your videos on your iPad? That's not a bad idea.

    What can the iPad do other than surf the internet? Apple made the iPad as a netbook replacement, where does netbook get their name from? InterNET. To me, the iPad isn't “revolutionary” because it's just an iPod Touch with a bigger screen, but the iPad isn't meant for me because I'm a geek. I can understand the reasons why most people would like it. If the iPad was more independent, it would be better, like the fact you HAVE to sync it with a computer just to get files onto it.

    Apple has just said iMovie is only for iPhone 4, but is pretty typical of them to only include new features on new devices, even if the older devices can run them. If you think of the iPad as revolutuionary, think of all the things it can't do.

  • chantellejoy

    I get that we disagree, and that's cool. ๐Ÿ™‚

    However, I do want to share with you one thing that you might really like, and may solve an apparent frustration of yours:

    “If the iPad was more independent, it would be better, like the fact you HAVE to sync it with a computer just to get files onto it.”

    Solution: Get DropBox. It's Free, and Awesome.

  • Zeke2d

    Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    But my problem is that I'm not always connected to my router, even in my house. I actually used DropBox once before and it was good but the fact that I'm almost always offline led me to delete it. It's still a great piece of software and I know many people would like to use it, it just isn't for me. My iPod Touch is loaded with a bunch of offline apps and games because of this. ๐Ÿ˜›

  • chantellejoy

    I get that we disagree, and that's cool. ๐Ÿ™‚

    However, I do want to share with you one thing that you might really like, and may solve an apparent frustration of yours:

    “If the iPad was more independent, it would be better, like the fact you HAVE to sync it with a computer just to get files onto it.”

    Solution: Get DropBox. It's Free, and Awesome.

  • Zeke2d

    Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    But my problem is that I'm not always connected to my router, even in my house. I actually used DropBox once before and it was good but the fact that I'm almost always offline led me to delete it. It's still a great piece of software and I know many people would like to use it, it just isn't for me. My iPod Touch is loaded with a bunch of offline apps and games because of this. ๐Ÿ˜›

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