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Tips for Recording Video in iMovie

By Zoe Clarke

May 13, 2018

If you're a Mac user, you may be familiar with iMovie which is a program for editing videos. After editing, you can share your videos on the social network like YouTube, Facebook and so on. Also, you can upload the video clip to iCloud for storage. However, as to recording video, iMovie can carry out this task but people know a little about this, let alone the method of using iMovie to record video. In this case, we are going to discuss how to use iMovie to record video.


Part 1. How to Record a Video in iMovie on Mac

By using the FaceTime HD camera built into your Mac, you can record video directly into iMovie. By getting through this way, you don't need to connect to any other additional camera. The process is simple. So, just follow this:

Step 1. Run iMovie and go to "File > Import Media".

iMovie Import Media

Step 2. After the "Import" window prompted, choose "FaceTime HD Camera" from the left side menu option under "Cameras".

FaceTime HD Camera

Step 3. At the top of the "Import" window choose "Import To" and select which project or event you want to record the video, then click on the red record button to start recording a video with iMovie.

Note: Every recording will produce a new clip in the event library. Then click the red button again when recording process finished.

Start Recording with iMovie

Step 4. Go to "File > Save..." and choose a place to store the recorded videos. Or click the Sharing button in the upper right corner of the iMovie window

The recorded videos will be saved as the .mov format but you can save it as another format if needed, or convert it to other formats so that you can enjoy your videos freely. However, if you don't have a Mac and you're looking for the recording software of Windows. Just keep reading and you will get it.

Part 2. Alternative of iMovie for Recording Video on Windows

Obviously, Windows users are out of luck because they can't get access to the iMovie unless they change to Mac. If you're one of them, don't worry, here comes an alternative of iMovie - TuneFab Screen Recorder. It can record online videos or computer screen activities and output high quality recorded files. For game players, they can record gameplay for sharing on PC successfully. In addition, if you want to record audio from a video, TuneFab Screen Recorder is also feasible. Wise hotkeys settings enable you to capture the screenshot easily and quickly. Now, let's move to use it to record video.

Step 1. Select Recording Area

Launch TuneFab Screen Recorder after installing it on your computer. Then click on "Video Recorder" section from the interface. Then you are able to select recording area in different ways. For example, you can choose "Full screen" to record full screen of your computer. Or if you want to record a specific area of your screen, then go to "Custom". It will let you adjust the recording area flexibly. 

Select Recording Area

Step 2. Select Recording Inputs

Before recording videos, you need to select "System Sound" and turn off "Microphone" for avoiding noise which causes to lower the quality of the videos.

Select Recording Inputs

Step 3. Output & Hotkeys Settings

Click on the gear button to open "Preferences" window, you change the location of output files in "Output" > "Location of output files", set hotkeys in "Hotkeys", and select output format in "Video format" if you'd like.

General Output Settings

Step 4. Start Recording Video

Once the above steps are settled down, play a video and click on the button "REC" or press the hotkeys that you've set to start recording. Don't forget to save the files by clicking on "Save" on the lower right corner.

Preview Recorded Video

As mentioned in Part 1, iMovie is the most direct tool for recording videos on Mac. But for Windows users, TuneFab Screen Recorder is the first and best choice when they are getting troubles in recording video. For what it's worth, it supports recording Skype calls and conference and even makes a video tutorial. Enjoy your video right now!

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