Get Final Cut Pro 2/5
The software keeps crashing, even after being updated. Apple needs to fix this or get rid of it
ITS FREE 5/5
By Jake Zunino
This app is free, and I see people complaining about it. IT’S FREE. I just don’t understand how a company gives people a free app to edit home videos, and users complain that the software is lacking. As if you paid for it like many other video editing softwares... If you want to complain about this app, buy one that’s better you moron! Quality costs money! AGAIN, THIS IS A FREE APP. Great for its purpose, and awesome that it’s free. people are just never happy and obviously very cheap. You have to pay for quality people, and the quality of this FREE app is freaking incredible. Thanks apple! I’m personally grateful that I did not have to pay top dollar to edit simple videos. If I was in need of something more advanced I would have paid for it.
I get one clip in and go to add another and the App crashes !!!!! Junk
Much better…elsewhere 2/5
Sacrificing usability for a minimalist visual esthetic is dumb, but it is what Apple has done with iMovie. Apple fails to undestand that creative people actual *enjoy* getting fiddly with their media, and getting in there and working with it; they don’t want all the work (and creative decisions) taken out of their hands. Wrong direction, Apple.
HATE KENBURNS EFFECT 1/5
Seriously hate working with iMOVIE! When will they make this app EFFECTIVE for users! Goodness gracious…this is so friggin frustrating I want to burn my Mac Book…do they read any of these reviews? Customer reviews of 1 star out does 5 star ratings! They need to remove the stupid kenburns effect and make the app better so there’s no stupid hiccups!
Apple has given up on iMovie 1/5
Just like plenty of Apple software and hardware that is left to rot, Apple doesn’t even care about this application anymore. Perhaps a ploy so you fork $300 for the also-underwhelming Final Cut Pro. In my situation, the app crashes constantly, and now it won’t even stay running for a second before crashing. Support pages don’t address this issue, it’s like no one cares anymore.
More for advanced users and making short skits 3/5
it’s hard to ADD THINGS and understand the whole process and the functions. Although its fun to use to play around with friends and make fun videos but its not very functional for an entire movie.
Keeps Crashing. Good App though. 4/5
By Team rainbow lili
This app keeps crashing because I just updated my computer. I need to get the app update. Overall it is very easy to use and is a good app. 4/5
CRASHING !!! 1/5
the app was good until recently when it started to crash whenever I try to import any file into it. it’s really annoying and frustrating !!! I even tried to manually move the files into the app without clicking the import button but it crashed anyway. in short, imovie is not allowing me to import any files into it !!!!! Please fix it.
Not The Best 2/5
I use this to edit youtube videos. today I finished editing one and when i tried downloading it the whole video and everthing i edited got deleted! so upset!
Great for begging Youtubers 5/5
This is perfect for people to do free editing without water color love it love it love it
They Killed A Good Thing 1/5
Short and simple, Don’t get it. It was something great at one time. Who knows why they took aprat the way that they did.
Terrible Interface and Controls 1/5
Title says it all. This is the most difficult video editing software to use due to a complete lack of features that is stripped of everything that made it once USEFUL.
Very Disappointing at every turn 1/5
By for what its worth to you
I was new to the mac world and really looking forward to using Imovie but it keeps being so disappointing at every turn. The latest feature which apparently has been removed is you can no longer use Imovie in a 4:3 ratio environment. We create a good number of videos to use in projection and many of our systems are still on a 4:3 resolution. Yes, you can use the crop features but then you end up having bars on the botton of your final project when porjected using a 4:3 ratio on the projector so that is not a good fix at all. They should just bring back the 4:3 ratio. The whole environment is also so difficult to use. I constantly have to do google search to find the simplest of tasks. It seems in earlier version those tasks could be found in the normal menus but now they have hidden them all over the place. Thanks for messing another good thing up Apple!!!!
DO NOT USE THIS SOFTWARE 1/5
It has failed to close on TWO different MacBooks (one of the Pro), EVERYTIME, and there seems to be no force quite. I am uninstalling this as soon as I reboot my computer.
miserable - useless - won’t even download - no support 1/5
Why on earth do you bother to publish this thing? I’m sitting here on the supposed download page, logged in, credit card info up to date, etc. ... and there’s literally no button to click to download the thing! Heavens. I had to settle for some third party freeware called MovieMator instead. It’s not much good, but at least it’s possible to download it.
By Mikayla M Morris
I’ve used iMovie for the past 6 years and had a love/hate relationship with it. It’s useful for those who barely need editing software or just getting into it but it lacks in many ways for anything minorly advanced because it can be hard. I just tried to put video in video layering and I guess that got rid of that feature in the 10.1.8 update or something?? It exsisted in past versions but I can’t find it at all anymore, which is something that’s basic that would be used. I think it’s great for beginners because 1. it’s free (which is a steal) and 2. it’s got a basic look that can be easy to understand. If you want a highly successful editing software for projects and you’d be using it a lot I’d consider Pinnacle or Final Cut Pro. Those you pay for but if it’s for a job or school that calls for it often, go ahead and pay the money.
This app is wonderful! 5/5
This is truly an amazing app! I have made countless movies and trailers with my friends using this and have been entirely satisfied. The reviews that say this app stinks are honestly not true. iMovie has provided me with an opportunity to make professional-looking movies from the comfort of my own home.
never use won’t work 1/5
I have not been able to use this app yet! wont update wont work and now I cant remove it from my lap top!!!!EERRRRRRGGG
Bizarre lack of features 1/5
I can’t believe how basic features are missing from this app. I don’t understand the mindest involved in making such a feature-poor app.
Apple review forums -unread by Apple! 1/5
iMovie, Garageband, Logic, iTunes, iWeb, iPhoto, OS -- Apple pays no attention to these insightful reviews, and helpful tips on improving software.
I’ve used iMovie, et al since they first came out, and I see a steady decline in robust options, and diverse features in favor of a simpler way to do a few things faster.
Dear Apple… serious experienced users want to THINK DIFFERENT… from your software developers... let them. Stop trying to make the easiest software to do 1 thing well, and get back to making the best software to do lots of things.
Don’t fear the features! Don’t cut features just because you can’t improve them… keep them as they were, while adding your refinements, bug fixes, and new OS architecture compatibility.
Never remove options (like aspect ratio, export options, effects, loops, instruments, smart albums, entire applications) without adding a replacement.
And I know you will not respond, or even read this review, but just get a handle on your software pipeline already!
Better Than iMovie ‘08 4/5
I’m not sure I entirely understand all the hate this software is getting. Sure, when I first opened it up, I was bummed. I couldn’t find a lot of the editing tools I loved from the old iMovie. But the more I use it, the more I rediscover those old functions, and it just runs so much better than the previous version. It’s a lot cleaner, and so far less glitchy. I may be back, however, to either increase or decrease my rating. My initial perception, however, is positive.
Why. Just, Why. 1/5
Literally, I open this app and it just crashes. I don’t know what the heck happened when it worked fine just a few months ago!!! My only conclusion is that they are removing functionality and making this app super laggy ON PURPOSE to force you to buy the new ReVoLuTiOnArY new app Final Cut Pro X for $299.99! iMovie was a wonderful application and it was FREE. I literally only use this MAC for iMovie, as I’m sure a lot of other people do. It’s just like how they are slowing down our iPhones to get us to buy the new version. Apple- where are your ethics?
The only other possible explanation is that Apple doesn’t have good software engineers working for them to make a solid video editing app. As Apple is one of the biggest, if not THE biggest tech company in the world, for some reason I don’t think this is very likely.
Unable to use on Iphone 6 or install in Brand new Mac Book Pro 1/5
By stephanie Bundrock
I can’t even install the darn thing. I used this over and over again last year and I can’t even make a video now. What HAPPENED Apple? You used to be so good and now it’s crap! Waaaay disappointed.
Worthless Software... 1/5
For the life of me, I will never understand why Apple can’t just leave things alone. iMovie HD was easy to use, intuitive, and it just worked. When they switched to this new design, it became harder to use and did not have all of the features of the previous version. Apple ignores its customer base and gives you what THEY decide you NEED. Apple is truly out of touch with their Mac user base. Everything they create now is geared towards the lame iOS - an operating system that is watered down for the masses. Pathetic.
Crashes on Startup 1/5
I’m on a brand new MacBook Pro, 15”, and everything is updated, and iMovie starts up, I see the window, and then a second later, it just crashes. And it keeps doing that. This is awful. This is apparently because I’m using my Mac hooked up to a monitor and it’s closed, a method Apple supports and where other apps function just fine.
Simply put, it crashes, doesn’t work. 0 stars if I could.
the best 5/5
this is my favorite app follow me
Is the programs noted lousiness which is apparent to all the use that iMovie Icon just a attempt to force a upgrade of software at a cost of 75% of the mini mac I would run it on?
iMovie is the worst now 1/5
Not sure why they keep changing this piece of software with pointless interface changes. It is impossible to figure out how to get a video from a iMovie to a flash drive….
Crashes on Opening 1/5
Used to love Imovie for it’s simplicity. For the last fews months I’m not even able to open it. It crashes each time before it opens. I tried many different fixes that people suggested online but nothing worked. It’s about time to start looking for an alternative since apple is not trying to fix it.
Good for school projects 5/5
By Patrick Caudill
I have been using imove since the Snow Leopard days and I have to say, this update makes it more easier to use. i think this app is great for school projects, which is what I am using it for. its easy to import photos, videos, and audio, and combine them into a pretty good final project. its also easy to export it so you can upload it to social media, or in my case, turn it in to my teacher. overall great app!
Unreliable And No Longer A Real (or even Useful Editing App 1/5
Just downloaded this update. Had one simple goal: correct the rotation of the image I shot on its side on my iPhone and save the movie
to my Mac hard disk.
Followed these steps:
1. Used Preview to download my movie from iPhone.
2. Imported the move from my Mac hard disk (a .mov file) to iMovie
3. Used the crop->function
4. Used the File->Share menu to export the movie (defaults to .mp4
iMovie hung forever. Had to force-quit iMovie.
Tried this twice with same result.
I used iMovie for years when my kids were growing up. It had a timeline editing
representation (now gone) and a useful subset “adult” editor features.
The current version crashes easily and most of the easy-to-use, more powerful
features are gone.
Advice: Find a third-party video editor targeted at whatever level you believe
your proficiency requires. When you read the other reviews, you can see that
apple is hardly putting any serious development effort into this product any more.
Worse, what development team apple has, has made changes only for change
sake and clearly has little or no contact with real users.
To paraphrase someone who shall remain nameless here: Sad.
Does not work 1/5
When trying to export a movie with an audio track it returns an error: "*** -[AVAssetWriterInput initWithMediaType:outputSettings:sourceFormatHint:] The following keys are not allowed when format ID is 'lpcm': AVEncoderBitRateKey” basically complaining that the format is lpcm, BUT when i transcode my audio file to a non lpcm format it STILL returns the error. This is a non-functional program. Don’t waste space on your computer
Crush every single time when it started. 1/5
Cannot even start the program.
Please add the ability to export videos with a transparent background. 3/5
By Keebler wit dem big Dumbo ears
Please add the ability to export videos with transparent background. ProRes4444 created by apple but not in iMovie. Also, for those users who had imovie version 9, if you do a search you may find it still on your computer.
By MaTt Pa...
I can not even get into the app. Apple makes horrible editing software. DON’T INSTALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Can’t Export 1/5
By Apple getting worse by the day
Since updating I can no longer export without using pro res. Absolutely infuriating. Whats even more infuritating is that this problem has existed since September and Apple has done NOTHING about it. Steve Jobs is rolling over in his grave at his once great company. They manage to take an already perfect app/device and just completley ruin it. FIX THIS APPLE THE PROBLEM HAS BEEN HERE FOR MONTHS, DO SOMETHING.
Great! (when it actually works) 1/5
Unfortunately this thing is absolute garbage these days. It doesn’t matter what machine I use (newer iMac or newer Mpb 13”) this thing is just does not want to cooperate. I ended up just getting a subscription to Adobe Premier Pro. Even though it is way more sophisticated than what I need, at least the program actually opens.
I’ll have a couple weeks of iMovie working on either machine, but it is so tempermental! Doesn’t matter what fixes I try, it just does not work long-term.
Crashing in High Sierra 1/5
I can’t get iMovie to run on pretty much any machine running High Sierra. It’s buggy at best, and crashhing continuously at its worst. I may have made it marginally better by removing all external devices, but this is problematic since I have iMovie Libraries living on external drives. This has to get fixed Apple. Hey QA team, you’re drunk.
I use this app to edit my YouTube videos, and it works so good! it is a quick way to edit your videos, and is super useful!
Not working at all on High Sierra 1/5
By Spastic Goat
I tried completely removing my preferences and library files, deleting the program and reinstalling it to no avail. iMovie does not work on the latest version of High Sierra. I have been unable to open it without it crashing since I updated, even after uninstalling and reinstalling it. I’m really frustrated with all of the problems High Sierra has cause for me. I’m starting to long for my old PC.
Randomly can’t render imported photos 1/5
Just upgraded OS X and downloaded the most recent version of iMovie. Tried to import a few photos, the ones from my DSLR import fine, but all the ones from a iPhone don’t render. Photos open fine in Finder and Preview app. Googling reveals that this is a long standing issue with iMovie with no consistent resolution. How does a major company release an NLE with such a basic feature with such a glaring bug for so long?
Wow, this is really bad 1/5
I didn’t believe the reviews at first, but then downloaded and tried it. This has to be one of the worse examples of UI ever devised. Apple is just plain BAD at designing any functional software because they just MAKE up their own way, regadless of how every single other program does it.
This doesn’t work like any editor ever devised. You can’t even edit a clip! Seriously! No right clicking, no drag to select, clip, copy, paste - NOPE! NOTHING! If it is there, it’s nested in too many layers of hotkeys or menus.
Hey Apple! FIRE whoever made this and hire not engineers to design it but real people that have actually made software for normal people! Enginneers/developers have no business designing software funtionality!! They should be given DIRECTION not be in any control. This is a prime example of CRAP!
This thing is a disgrace and waste of 2 gigs of harddrive. DELETE!
iMovie was once great… now the worst 1/5
I wish Apple would stop “dumbing down” their software. iMovie was once a powerful little editing tool, where you could customize your shows with third-party extensions (effects and transitions). Now it’s designed for idiots only. Just for people who want pre-designed automatically generated “movies” from their amateur iPhone clips.
Can’t Apple do what Adobe does so well and let the user toggle between “guided” or “expert” modes?
I have to redo an entire project in Premiere because of this downgraded software.
This seems to be just another part of the Apple trend towards Software for Dummies, where it used to be “for the rest of us”.
Throw it in the trash 1/5
This software is absolute garbage I import videos of me playing music from my phone to the computer and it all plays fine until I open it in iMovie and it instantly drags behind the garage band stems somebody needs to be jacked up for this.
Completely useless! 1/5
Being that I use Apple for most other things, I upgraded my computer to a Mac, which meant needing iMovie for video making needs. After many, many frustrating attempts, I finally pulled off a VERY simple video. When I say simple, I mean only one line of title (the only title I could get to go on, not the one of my choosing), and one picture for the whole length of the video. So I thought, what the heck, lets see if I can get it to load to youtube. So, I hit the “share to youtube” button, and clicked to check my progress. What??? 22hours until it’s loaded??? It finally got down to 9 hours until loaded, then it says “not authorized”. No matter what I put on that video, it will not load anywhere. AND, I can barely make any changes to anything. Did I make a mistake going to a Mac? I wonder! Love the Mac otherwise for everything else, but I sure do need a decent video maker for loading original music and pics, but somehow it thinks everything is “not authorized”. Far as I’m concerned, iMovie is no longer “authorized” to do anything on MY computer!!!!
Utterly Broken 1/5
Won’t even launch without crashing.
It Keeps crashing 2/5
keeps crashing!!!!! this is awful!
2 gig of disappointment 1/5
It is hard to belive Apple came up with this ...
LET ME PICK PART OF THE CLIP PLEASE 4/5
APPLE, IF YOU CAN READ THIS, I DON’T WANT TO SELECT THE ENTIRE CLIP AT ONCE EVERYTIME, JUST A PORTION OF IT. YOU ARE ESSENTIALLY DESTROYING ONE OF MY PERSONAL HOBBIES
But aside from that, it’s alright.