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How to Trim Video with iMovie?

How to Trim Video with iMovie?

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As a video editing software application developed by Apple, iMovie has been the entry level for many would-be video editors, home movie enthusiasts and schoolchildren for years. The latest version of iMovie includes options to modify and enhance video color settings, crop and rotate of a video clip, stabilizing shaky videos, adding video effects (such as fade) and changing the speed (speed up or slow down) of clips. This article, we will mainly show you how to trim video clips with iMovie.

How to Trim Video with iMovie?

Import files from your computer

To import video files from your computer, go to the top of the iMovie window and click the Import button, which is a downward pointing arrow.

Import video files

When you do, a window will appear that allows you to select the clips you want to import. Use the menu on the left to navigate to your media either on the computer, external drive, or camera, that you wish to import.

Navigate import media from local

At the top of the Import Window, you will also see a menu titled Import to: where you can select which Event you would like the clips to import to.

Click on that drop-down menu, and select an existing Event, or select New Event to create a new event in which to import your video clips. iMovie will then prompt you to name your New Event.

Select or create event

If you need to trim a clip down because you’ve added too much of it to your Timeline, there are three ways to do this. The first is by simply dragging the ends of the clips in your Project Timeline workspace.

Start by selecting the clip you wish to trim. You will know it is selected when a yellow border appears around it. Next, move your cursor to the left edge of the clip until your cursor turns into two arrows pointing left and right. When it does, left-click, hold, and drag left or right to either extend or shorten where you clip starts, respectively. When you are satisfied, you can let go of the left-click.

Move cursor to the left edge

Then, move your cursor over to the right edge of your clip until your cursor changes to the arrows again. Now, left-click, hold, and drag left or right to extend or shorten where your clip ends. When you are satisfied, you can let go of the left-click.

Move cursor to the right edge

iMovie best alternative to trim video

For Mac users, iMovie can be your best companion to get your desired movie clips by moving the unwanted parts or segments, however, one of the biggest shortage of iMovie is that it only imports very limited file formats including DV, HDV, AVCHD, Apple Prores, Apple Intermediate Codec, Apple Animation Codec, Motion JPEG/A, iFrame, H.264, H.265, more, but not at all varieties of MP4, MOV.

If you fail to import certain file formats such as XAVC/XAVC S, MXF, MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV, etc due to the incompatible codec issue, then we highly recommend our best iMovie alternative to trim video with Pavtube Video Converter for Mac.

The program has full importing support for 4K/2K/HD/SD video shot with different cameras/camcorders or phones/tablets, downloaded from online sites with the formats of AVI(Xvid, Divx), WMV, MP4, MKV, MOV, FLV, 3GP, ASF, H.264, H.265, MXF, AVCHD (MTS/M2TS), XAVC/XAVC S, Prores, etc . Thanks for its batch processing function, you can encode a folder full of videos in one fell swoop.

Related articles: Import XC10 MXF to iMovie | Convert XAVC MXF into FCP X or iMovie | Import MXF to iMovie

With this simple to use, you can easily trim or cut your unwanted parts from the video by setting the start time or ending time. For those people who wish to trim video without encoding, just save the video to the original file formats and keep all the other profile parameters including video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate and channels, etc unchanged during the file conversion process.

Apart from trimming video, you can also use this application to do other simple video editing tasks such as merging separate video clip into one file, crop video black bars or unwanted size area, splitting large video into small by file size, count or length, adding video/image/transparent text watermark to video, applying special rendering effect to video or inserting external srt/ass/ssa subtitle to video, etc.

For Mac users, you can switch to download Pavtube Video Converter to perform the conversion on Windows 10/8/7/XP, etc.

Step by Step to Trim Video with iMovie Best Alternative

Step 1: Input video files into the program.

Start this video cutter application on your computer, on the main interface, click the “Add Video” or “Add from folder” button to load source video files into the program. The program supports batch conversion mode, you can load multiple files to convert at one time.

Input video files into the program

Step 2: Choose output file format.

To trim or cut video without re-encoding or quality loss, you can choose to save the video as the original file format with all the output profile parameters unchanged. For example, if the original file format is QuickTime MOV video, just select to output the same format as it is.

Choose output file format

Open “Video Editor” window and switch to the “Trim” tab, you can drag the slider bars to include the segment you want to remain, click the left square bracket to set start point, and click the right square bracket to set end point when previewing the video or directly input specific values to “Start” and “End” box.

Trim or cut video length

Step 4: Start the video trimming/cutting process.

Clicking the right-bottom “Convert” button on main interface, you can go to Conversion window to start conversion. You can find conversion information on the window, such as Time elapsed, Time left, Generated size, and Estimated size.

After the conversion, you can click “Open Output Folder” to pop output directory with the files with just you wanted parts or segments.

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