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Huge iMovie update – Apple adds ‘Magic Movie’ feature

Apple’s free video editing app, iMovie, got even better this week with the release of version 3.0 for iPhone and iPhone – and with it, several new features.

Most notably, that includes Magic Movie, a feature designed to help users make amazing custom videos in an instant. It’s like a mix between the auto-generated Memories in the Photos app and the now-defunct montage-maker Quik – but much more customizable.

Select a group of photos and/or videos and Magic Movie will try to figure out the most compelling parts and edit them into a slick video project complete with transitions and music. It’s easy for users to adjust those details to their liking, and rearrange or re-edit the chosen clips too.

The other big feature is Storyboards, which offer an amazing way for video editing beginners to learn the basics of good editing, with handy tips and preset shot lists to aid the process. This should be especially useful to any creators with dreams of making professional-looking videos for sharing online.

“iMovie has empowered millions of people around the world to create and share their stories through video,” said Bob Borchers, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “This latest version of iMovie, featuring Storyboards and Magic Movie, simplifies video creation even further, and we think it will continue to inspire the next wave of video creators to dive in and get started.”

iMovie 3.0 is available right now from the App Store. It’s completely free, but you will need to be running iOS 15.2 or higher to use it.