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iMovie is an application program, created by Apple Computer (later Apple Inc.) and included as part of their iLife suite of applications for the Macintosh, that allows users to edit their own home movies.

When iMovie first came out, it proved popular due to its simplicity, with most tasks easily accomplished by clicking and dragging. Its praise was so widespread, even PC magazines gave it reviews, one even giving it the front page. It was unusual at the time for PC publications to publish such positive reviews for Macintosh software.

Integrated with FireWire, it takes the raw footage from most digital video cameras and loads it onto the Mac. From there, iMovie can edit, add titles, and music. Effects such as fade-in, fade-out and slides are included by default.

Version History

iMovie 1

Released on October 5, 1999, it was bundled with iMac DV, later issued as a free download for Mac OS 8.6 and 9.[1]

iMovie 2

Released on July 19, 2000, it was bundled with FireWire-enabled Macs, also a separate purchase and later bundled as part of Mac OS X. Version 2.0.3 was the last to support Mac OS 9. It added new sound effects (including some from Skywalker Sound), but removed older ones; it also removed the Water Ripple effect.

iMovie 3

Released on January 7, 2003, it was bundled with all new Macs, and was also included as part of iLife. It only supported Mac OS X, and was later made available as a free download.

iMovie 4

Released on January 6, 2004, it was bundled with all new Macs, and also included as part of iLife '04.

iMovie HD

On January 11, 2005 at Macworld Expo in San Francisco, Apple announced iMovie HD (version 5) as part of iLife '05. It was released on January 22 and included support for editing high-definition video.[2]


  1. The history of Final Cut Pro and iMovie detailed in 'Timeline' by Nathan Ingraham, The Verge. 2011-11-09.
  2. Apple Announces iLife ’05, Apple Computer. 2005-01-11.

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