iMovie may seem like barebones, amateur video-editing software. But it actually has features you’d find in more sophisticated, professional video-editing applications. One of those features is the Precision Editor. As the name suggests, the Precision Editor helps you make more precise edits. But it also allows you to use more professional-level editing techniques in your videos.

In this video, I show you a few of those pro-level editing techniques using iMovie’s Precision Editor.

iMovie Advanced Editing

Using the Precision Editor in iMovie, I show you how to make advanced edits that will help your videos flow more smoothly, and feel seamless, including:

  • continuity cuts
  • splits edits
  • J cuts
  • L cuts


Tools used to make this video (Affiliate links):

Camera: Canon EOS M6

Lens: Canon EF-M 22mm f2 STM Lens

Camera Microphone: RODE NTG-2 

Desk Camera: Sony a5100 Mirrorless Digital Camera

Lens: Sigma 19mm F2.8 EX DN Art (Silver) for Sony SE

HDMI to Thunderbolt Adapter: Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder

Voice-Over Microphone: RODE NT-USB

Lights: VILTROX L116T CRI95+ Super Slim Dimmable LED Light Panel

Editing: Screenflow 8


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Michael Kinney

Michael is an award-winning media creator with 30 years of professional video production experience. He's written, produced, directed, hosted, recorded, and edited a variety of media projects - from TV documentaries to interactive learning.

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  • Ii have found your videos to be so very clear. You don’t leave out a thing with your instructions. I use this information to improve my YouTube channel movies. and it has really improved the quality of my work. I am not a techie person, but need this skill to promote my design work. Thanks and please keep putting out this fine quality work. I depend on it. Thank you thank you

  • Michael:
    Just wanted to say your videos are excellent and I am learning quite a bit from you. Your content is thorough, the pace easy to pick up new ideas, and the content is very useful. I am new to iMovie editing and You Tube. Your videos have given me confidence and knowhow.