iMovie iconWelcome to our iMovie help page. iMovie is a basic yet powerful video editing program that comes standard on all new Macintosh computers. If you want to know more about it, Apple has information about iMovie on their website. If you would like a quick introduction, check out Getting Started with iMovie.

First, a note about iMovie versions. It quickly gets confusing talking about iMovie because there are so many versions. The software became associated with a suite called iLife. iMovie is the oldest of these applications, even pre-dating iLife. Garageband is the only other program that exists from the original iLife Suite. iMovie was released in 1999 as part of the purchase of an iMac DV. From 2004 on, the iLife Suite adopted the year of it’s introduction as part of its name. iLife ’04 included iMovie (version 4), iPhoto (also 4), as well as iDVD and even iTunes. The first version of GarageBand was introduced in this bundle.

The trend continued through iLife ’06 as all the programs were version 6, with the exception of GarageBand 3 (and a new program iWeb). In the middle of the summer of 2007, iLife ’08 was released. There never was an iLife ’07. All of the programs were version 7 (though iTunes was broken out of iLife), and GarageBand was at version 4. That’s how the confusion begins. iLife ’09 included iMovie version 8. The next iLife suite, iLife ’11, included iMovie version 9. Eventually, the iLife programs became free with the purchase of every new Mac, and the iLife suite faded from existence with the advent of the Mac App Store.

As of 2016, the latest version of iMovie associated with the latest release of OS X (known as El Capitan) is version 10.1.1. We’ll be writing more about this version of iMovie going forward.

We’re creating tutorial videos to help you learn the basics (a few are in the YouTube Playlist below):

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