How to share a video clip in iMovie

All Apple computers come with iMovie software installed. Video clips from your photo albums are automatically made available to iMovie. You can also import media from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, file-based cameras, and tape-based cameras. You can even record videos directly into iMovie.

Regardless of which method you use, after importing the video into iMovie, take the time to clean up and organize the various clips. This helps keep your project tidy and makes it easier to find what you’re looking for.

Assemble video clips in iMovie

You must create a project and import video clips before you can start working on your iMovie project.

  • Open the iMovie software.

  • Click the button Project at the top of the screen.

  • Click on the blank thumbnail labeled create a new onethen click Movie you pop up.

  • A default name is given to the new project screen. Click on projects at the top of the screen and enter a project name in the pop-up box.

  • Click on dossier > import media.

  • To import a video clip from your photo library, click photo library in the left pane of iMovie, and then click the button album with Videos from the drop-down menu at the top of the screen to view the video clip thumbnails.

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  • Click on a video clip thumbnail and drag it onto the timeline, which is the workspace at the bottom of the screen.

  • If the video you want to use isn’t in your Photos app, click your computer name or other location in the left pane of iMovies and locate the video clip on your desktop, in your home folder, or somewhere else location on your computer. Highlight it and click on it Import selected.

  • Repeat the process with any other video clips you want to use in your iMovie project.

  • If you have long clips that contain multiple different scenes, split those large clips into multiple smaller clips, each containing only one scene. For this it is necessary

  • Drag the clip you want to trim to the iMovie timeline and select it by clicking on it.

  • Use the mouse to move the playhead to the first frame of a new scene and Click on to position it.

  • Click on modifier on the main menu bar and then click separate clip. Otherwise press OrderedB to split the original clip into two separate scenes.

  • If you are not using one of the clips, click on it and then press Extinguish.

  • If any part of your footage is shaky, blurry, or otherwise unusable, it’s best to move it to the Trash so it doesn’t clutter up your project and take up disk space.

    You can remove unusable footage from usable footage in two ways: splitting or trimming.

    Any video deleted using any of these methods is permanently gone from iMovie, but not from the original file. It doesn’t appear in the recycle bin, but if you later decide to use it, you’ll need to import it back into the project.

    Trim unusable footage

    If the unusable sequence is at the beginning or end of a clip, simply cut and delete that section. This is the best method when the part you don’t want to use is at the beginning or end of a clip.

    Crop useless images

    If you want to use a chunk of video that’s in the middle of a longer clip, you can use an iMovie shortcut.

  • Select the clip in the timeline.

  • hold it R while dragging the images you want to keep. The selection is marked with a yellow frame.

  • Hold down the button control Then click on the selected frame.

  • Click on Choice of toppings in the context menu.

  • If you add clips to your project and later decide not to use them, simply select the clips you want to remove and click the button. Extinguish Key. This removes the clips from iMovie but does not affect the original media files. They can be retrieved later if you decide you need them.

    With your clips clean and organized, it’s much easier to organize them, add photos, add transitions, and create your video project.