iMovie for iPhone & iPad updates for green screens, ClassKit, new soundtracks

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Apple on Tuesday updated iMovie for iOS with several enhancements, most notably a green screen effect for stripping out backgrounds.

Despite its name, the effect will work with material shot in front of both blue and green screens, Apple explained. Controls include a four-point mask and a strength slider.

Other features include 80 new soundtracks in genres such as pop, "chill," and "sentimental," plus the ability to use photos as overlays for picture-in-picture and split-screen effects. Borders can be hidden for either.

Still images can be dropped in with transparent backgrounds for the creation of logos and other custom overlay graphics. Apple has meanwhile added ClassKit support for submitting video assignments via Schoolwork, but simultaneously disabled sharing to iMovie Theater in favor of iCloud Photos.

iMovie is a free download for any compatible iPhone and iPad. The latest version requires iOS 11.4 or later.