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Creating Vacation Slideshow with iMovie on Your iPad

Vacation photos and travel videos are a fun way to share a quick take with friends and family—even while you’re still on the road this summer. With iMovie for iOS on your iPad, you can quickly and easily cut your casual videos, spruce them up with themes, mix video with still photos, and add effects, music, and cool-looking titles. Here are a few simple steps that will creating better slideshow on your iPad.

Select photos in iPhoto and share in iMovie

Once your pictures are in good shape in iPhoto, choose up to 25 images to share with iMovie. In iPhoto, tap the Edit button in the upper-right corner. Tap the Gear icon in the lower-right corner, and choose Select Multiple from the pop-up menu. You can tap on individual thumbnails to select them, or use the Range button at the top of the interface. Then tap the Done button in the upper-right corner. After all that is done, it’s time to share images for iMovie for iOS. Choose iMovie from the menu and confirm the choice. Then tap on the ‘Selected’ option and share the images with iMovie.

Fine-tune the transition

Once you’re satisfied with the video and photos on the timeline, you can also choose something different than the default 1-second cross-dissolve between any two images. Tap once on the transition icon in between the frames. It looks like a pair of triangles positioned nose to nose. Once highlighted, tap on the new yellow triangles that appear. Tap twice on the yellow dot that’s now revealed to display the Transition Settings dialog box.


Add music and titles

In the timeline, you can also add music, sound effects, and titles. Click on the music icon to open the audio options window. You can select Theme Music, Sound Effects, or the various playlists, albums, and more from your iTunes library. When you select a song or sound effect, it puts a green wrapper around your clip in the timeline. Double-tap the green clip to bring up the Audio Clip Settings, which allows you to adjust the volume up or down, or to delete the clip.

Adding titles is similarly easy: double-tap on a video clip or photo to bring up the clip settings dialog box. Then select Title Style and choose Opening, Middle, or Ending titles. From there, simply type in the text in the project window and you’re set.


Adjust Crop, Zoom, and Duration

Each photo frame can be individually adjusted for cropping and a Ken Burns effect. Tap on the thumbnail in the timeline to highlight the clip with a yellow border. Adjust the starting position to your liking. You can pinch outward to zoom the photo. Then tap the End button for the closing framing. Tap Done when finished.

Personally, I like less movement with the Ken Burns effect than iMovie uses as its default. So I typically adjust each frame in the presentation.You can also adjust the duration for any frame. The default is 4 seconds. Tap on the yellow handle and drag to lengthen or shorten its play time.

Save and share

Now it’s time to share your work with the world. While still in Projects view, tap on the Share icon. You might want to save the presentation to your Camera Roll, since that’s the centralized database for imagery on the iPad. iMovie will ask you to choose an export size ranging from Medium (360p) to Full HD (1080p). I usually choose 720p for my iPad mini.


You can send your vacation video to Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, CNN iReport, or iTunes. Then, share a link with your friends and family before you get home. You can also save the video to your Camera Roll, to view it later. If you have an Apple TV, use AirPlay to view it in high definition on your big-screen TV.

This mobile software is quite powerful. With the price tag of just $10, that’s quite a production team.