Major iMovie update brings HDR support

Apple has updated iMovie for iPhone and iPad with major new features like HDR support, more backgrounds and more.

You can import videos at 60 frames per second and share them and edit HDR videos from your iPhone’s photo library. This feature comes before Apple releases the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro which can record 10-bit HDR videos.

Importing and editing 4K 60fps videos requires an iPhone SE (2nd-generation), iPod touch (7th-generation), iPhone 7 or later, iPad (6th-generation) or later and 10.5” iPad Pro or later. Editing and exporting HDR video requires iPhone SE (2nd-generation), iPhone 8 Plus or later, iPad mini (5th generation), iPad (7th generation) and iPad Air 3/Pro 10.5” or later.

Support for iOS 14’s colour picker, new animated titles (Slide, Split and Chromatic) and solid, gradients and patterned backgrounds are great additions for customising your videos.

Here are the full release notes:

  • Customize any title by selecting from dozens of built-in fonts
  • Adjust the color of any title by selecting from a grid or spectrum of presets, adjusting numerical sliders, or using the eyedropper in the viewer
  • Quickly change a title’s default style, capitalization and duration
  • Pinch and drag to adjust the size and location of any title
  • Choose from three new animated titles: Slide, Split and dual-color Chromatic
  • Add solid, gradient, and patterned backgrounds to your movie
  • Use the color picker to customize the colors of any background
  • Drag the slider to change the intensity of any filter applied to your photos and videos
  • Import and share 4K videos at 60 frames per second
  • View, edit, and share High Dynamic Range (HDR) videos from your Photos library
  • Tap the new options button at the top of the Share sheet to share a project or video file and choose properties including resolution, frame rate, and HDR

iMovie is available on the iPhone or iPad for free from the App Store. Apple has not yet updated iMovie for Mac or Final Cut Pro X.

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