Apple teases new movie-making tools coming to iMovie in April

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Among the myriad of announcements made at the March 8 “Peek Performance” event, Apple teased two new cinematic features in iMovie.

These new features will arrive in April, according to the official iMovie website.

Magic Move allows users to select media or an album and have iMovie automatically identify the best parts and assemble them into a movie. Unlike the similar Photos feature available since iOS 10, Magic Movie allows users to experiment with 20 different styles. Users can also easily trim, delete and rearrange clips as they wish. A music track will be automatically composed and readjusted to fit the length of the video.

Storyboards allow users to hone their storytelling skills by guiding them through 20 pre-made storyboard templates. Based on popular genres such as cooking and product reviews, each storyboard comes with a detailed shot list so users can learn how to create the story, organize the clips, and capture. Video is easily saved to Photos to share with friends and family.

The iMovie app was first released in 1999 for Mac and came to iPhone in 2010 and iPad in 2011. It is available for free to anyone with an Apple device and is considered the entry-level counterpart from Apple’s professional movie editor, Final. Pro Cup.