July 18, 2017 at 4:31AM


imovie for documentary

Hello everyone.
I'm working on a documentary film and it's my first project ever. I still don't know which editing software to choose. I read several articles on the Internet saying that iMovie may be fine for a documentary without special effects. Does anyone have any experience using iMovie to edit documentaries? Cheers!


Imovie only allow for a very basic edit but cannot provide a professional result. One exemple of how limited it is, is that you cannot do any audio crossfade between shot. If you aim to make a familly film it's fine, if you want to reach a larger circle you need something better.
I would advise to go for final cut pro X as it is easy and cheap and there is almost no limitation in what you can do as solo editor compare to other pro editing software.

July 24, 2017 at 6:29AM


Thank you!

nina gabrielian

July 29, 2017 at 6:55AM

my 2 cents are to download and learn Davinci Resolve, a free version is far far away from what you need for a documentary, but you start with a very strong editor, color and delivery tool, and if you need more, you avoid to rebuild all from scratch like you will do when you understand that you need more than a simple editor like imovie.

July 31, 2017 at 9:57AM

Carlo Macchiavello
Director (with strong tech knowledge)

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