Advancing with the Times – Fo Guang Shan Temple of Toronto Online Workshop on Video Editing Using iMovie

Many activities are now held online since the pandemic outbreak. This has led people to depend on their phones and technology even more. Therefore, it is of utmost importance for everyone to learn how to access knowledge and information from the internet, especially through their phones. To reach this goal, BLIA Toronto Markham Sub Chapter invited Mr. Tony Lo to hold a workshop for their volunteers on how to use the iMovie App on their phones to create and edit short videos. The group shared their learning outcomes on November 9, 2020.


On November 2, 2020, the online workshop was held on Zoom. Tony took the time to create eight videos filled with explanations so that the volunteers can follow along. He taught the participants how to enlarge or minimize photos, how to copy, cut, and add narrations, how to add background music, how to add Chinese or English subtitles and how to add special effects in the video editing process.


Twenty participants were very excited during the workshop and decided to share their projects on November 9, 2020. During this sharing session, thirteen 13 volunteers submitted their one-minute videos. The contents of the videos were very creative and covered a broad range of interests, including offerings decorating, cooking, a trip to Shanghai, singing Buddhist songs, reciting the Heart Sutra, slow walking in the garden, kite-flying, making dumplings, Dun Huang trip, moss planting, playing Chinese fiddle hiking, cat, and birds flying on water, and more.


The pandemic has created a social environment that requires us to improve our ability to use more cellphone functionalities. Everyone thinks that the ability to create and edit videos is a great skill for entertainment purposes and also for creating a unique gift for our loved ones.


Translated by Christine Tan

Proofread by Cindy Choi