iMovie for iOS is one of the most advanced video editors for a mobile device as it's able to edit 4K footage without stuttering and the amazing thing is that Apple offers it for the sweet price of free. Now, with the latest update, iMovie becomes even more powerful as it adds one feature that traditionally only expensive video editors have: green screen support.
The new feature allows you to take footage recorded against a green screen (a blue screen will also work) and easily replace the background while keeping the subject. You can adjust the strength of the effect and adjust it precisely with a 4-point mask.
In addition to that, you can now also import images with a transparent background in your project, and also use photos to create a picture-in-picture effect or a split-screen effect in your video projects.
Add to this 80 new soundtracks that automatically adjust to fit the length of your video project, adds support for ClassKit so students can deliver assignments easily to their teachers and delivers a few bug fixes along the way.
This is a big update to one of the best casual video editing apps out there, and considering that iOS 13 will also add features like rotating video, this will solidify Apple's leading positions when it comes to video editing on mobile devices.
And here is a full list of the new features that come with this update:
- Transform your video with the new green screen effect that lets you instantly remove the background of clips shot in front of a green or blue screen
- Adjust the green screen effect with a 4-point mask and strength slider
- Choose from 80 new soundtracks in genres including pop, chill, and sentimental that automatically adjust to match the length of your movie
- Drop in still images with transparent backgrounds to use as logos or custom graphics on top of your video
- Add photos as overlays to create picture-in-picture and split-screen effects
- Choose to hide the border that surrounds picture-in-picture and split-screen effects
- Instantly return to the edit screen of your project when switching back to iMovie from other applications
- ClassKit support lets students deliver video assignments to teachers using the Schoolwork app
- For users with videos in iMovie Theater, the Theater window is now accessible from the ••• menu at the bottom of the Projects screen
- Sharing to iMovie Theater is no longer supported; save your movies and trailers to iCloud Photos to watch them on other devices including Apple TV
- Resolves an issue that could lead to a black viewer when previewing your video fullscreen on an external display