One of the Best new apps for the ipad is iMovie.
It was originally released for the iPhone 4, but Apple recently updated it as a universal app for iPhone 4, iPad 2, and iPod touch 4.
On the iPad 2, iMovie is fantastic.

The editing screen is set up similar to iMovie on the Mac and split into 3 different screens. On the bottom of the screen, you find the timeline for your movie, on the top left, you find available media, and video preview is located in the top right. The “My Projects” screen is beautifully designed to look like a vintage movie theater.
Editing movies is very easy on the iPad 2. You can preview clips by dragging your finger across them and trim the edges before adding them to your project. To move clips around in your timeline, simply drag it to where you want. If you want to split a clip, position the curser, select the clip, and swipe down along the curser. You can also easily record audio and video directly into the timeline.

iMovie is stocked with 8 different themes, each of which comes with its own title screen format, transitions, and theme music. It also comes with a plethora of sound effects to add to your movies. Sadly the new Trailer templates from iMovie ’11 on Mac didn’t make it into the iPad version but hopefully we’ll see those in an update.
Sharing your movies is a breeze and iMovie is equipped the the ability to send directly to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, and CNN iReport. Just tap the familiar sharing arrow from the projects screen and make your selection.

How to Use iMovie on iPad 2

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I recommend that you start by taking your Web browser to the iPad 2 Guided Tours website and watch the iMovie Guided Tour video. Next, point your browser to Apple's iMovie Help site.

With iMovie you'll be able to take your home videos or work-related videos on the road and do some quick editing without needing a mouse or a keyboard. And when you're done arranging your scenes and adding your movies you'll be able to share them via YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, and others.
Start by purchasing iMovie from the App Store. ($4.99)

Note: iMovie for the iPad is not an advanced editing tool.
It will allow you to perform basic video editing tasks, like cutting out the pieces of video you don’t want, piecing everything together, adding photos, transitions, background music and voice-over recordings. All in All, it is a very nice app but if you are expecting everything a desktop movie editor will do, you may be disappointed.

Help is always available from the opening screen by clicking on the question mark.

Find out how to:
- set and change your theme.
- add music including your own music.
- apply the Ken Burns effect.
- share your new movie.
- add your location to a theme.
- change the transition.
- change the length of the transition.
- change the length of time a photo is shown.
- reorder your clips.

With that in mind, lets get started..
  1. Tap the iMovie app icon on the Home screen.
    iMovie opens.
  1. A new movie project opens. Any videos you've taken are displayed as thumbnails in the top-left corner of the screen.
  2. On the screen that appears, tap the New button (Plus Sign).

  3. Double-tap a video to open it from your available camera clips.
Imovie Main Screen with Labels
Imovie Main Screen with Labels
  • If you want to create a slideshow with still photos rather than video, tap the Camera button and your stored photos are listed instead.
  • To undo any action, tap the Undo button.Tap the storyboard to scroll through your video frames.

  1. Wherever the red line sits is called the playhead and it is where your next action, such as playing the video or adding a transition, or splitting the video clip begins.
  2. To add one video to the end of another, double-tap another clip in the list of media.
    The clip appears to the right of the first one in the storyboard.
  3. If you would like to bring in only a portion of the video clip, tap and hold until the yellow handles appear
  4. If you want to add music to your videos, tap the Music button and tap a music option.
  5. The option of sound effects, music in your iPod library, or theme music becomes available. You can also drag the item to the timeline to make it a background track or associate it with a specific clip.

    You can tap the Settings button to open a menu that lets you adjust settings for playing theme music, looping the music to play continuously, and using a special effect to fade your movie in or out at the beginning and end.

  6. To record an audio narration, scroll to the point in the movie where you want it to be heard and then
    1. Tap the Microphone button.
    2. Tap the Record button, wait for the countdown to complete, and then record.
    3. When you're done recording, tap Stop.
    4. Tap Review to hear your recording or Discard or Retake if you're not completely happy with it. Click Accept to save the recording when you're done.
  7. You can edit the transitions between clips by tapping them and selecting the duration and type of transition you would like.
    and you can rearrange and cut segments out of clips. by tapping and dragging or by tapping to select and dragging your finger up the pink line to split the selected clip.

Play around with the app to see the possibilities using photos from your iPhoto library and the Ken Burns effect by selecting start and end points for the movement of your picture.
Now add a location to your Movie

Finally you will want to share you iMovie creation in a number of ways from email to youtube to back to your computer through iTunes.
All from the main screen of imovie

Add Titles to your movie by double tapping on a clip on the timeline and selecting Opening, Middle or Ending.

or just sit back and enjoy your movie from the opening screen of imovie

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Add a touch of Hollywood

Use iMovie on iPad to make your movie look like a mini-blockbuster with one of eight unique themes that give your video an unforgettable look. Three new themes - Neon, Simple, and CNN iReport - provide more ways to enhance your project. And each theme includes great titles, transitions, and an accompanying soundtrack.
Give it your best shots

Choose the best photos taken with the built-in camera in your iOS device and drop them into your project. Or add photos you synced to your device. iMovie customizes each shot with a Ken Burns-style panning effect that uses face detection to keep faces in the frame.
Let your fingers do the fine-tuning

If you want to use iMovie on iPad, just pinch open any transition to reveal the Precision Editor — right in the timeline. It's easy to see where one clip ends and another begins, so you can tap and drag to make advanced edits with pinpoint accuracy.

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Add some sound to your sights

Cue the laughter or the tears with background music and a collection of fun sound effects. Choose from eight soundtracks that match the look and feel of iMovie themes, or browse and select a tune from your own music library. With over 50 sound effects, iMovie lets you dial up the drama in every parting or pratfall.
Cover all your tracks

Hit all the right notes with visual editing of your soundtrack. Drag to add, delete, and rearrange audio clips. Easily adjust the volume of any audio track. iMovie automatically fades out the music at the end of your movie for maximum effect. And the work to use iMovie on iPad even lets you see audio waveforms for every clip in your project, so you can edit with more precision.
Tell your story your way

Narrate the action or create your own soundtrack by recording audio directly into your movie's timeline using the microphone in your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. The live level meter lets you monitor your recording volume. It's easy to review, discard, re-record, or accept each take.

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Share on the web

When it's time for your big premiere, publish right from iMovie to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, or CNN iReport for your friends and family to see. Add descriptions and keywords, even set viewing access for exclusive screenings, all within the app. Or send your movie to the Camera Roll and publish it in your MobileMe gallery, attach it to an email, or send it via MMS on iPhone 4.
Share in your home

Use AirPlay to enjoy your creations on your HDTV by streaming directly to Apple TV. Or export movies to the Camera Roll and to your Mac. iPad 2 also supports mirroring, so you can use the Apple Digital AV Adapter (sold separately) to play your movie on your HDTV or a bigger projection screen.
Share among devices

Send via email or save to online movie sharing sites.