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Edit videos in iMovie on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac

After you've created your iMovie project and added video clips and photos to it, you can tweak your movie by shortening or lengthening the clips, rearranging the clips, and more.

Edit in iMovie on iPhone or iPad

Shorten or lengthen a clip

You can crop a video clip or photo so that it appears in your project for a shorter or longer period of time.

  1. With the project open, tap the video clip or photo in the timeline. A yellow marker appears around the selected clip.
  2. If you want to enlarge the clip, drag it in the middle of the timeline. If you zoom in, you'll see more detail in the clip, making it easier to edit.
  3. Drag the beginning or the end of the clip to make the clip shorter or longer:
    • To make the clip longer, drag the edge of the clip away from the center of the clip.
    • To shorten the clip, drag the edge of the clip towards the center of the clip.

If you can't drag the edge of the clip, there might not be another video at the beginning or end of the clip. For example, if you've added a 20 second video clip, you cannot make it longer than 20 seconds. This can also mean that the clip is the shortest length iMovie allows, which is 0.3 seconds. If you still want to change the duration of a clip, you can try adjusting the tempo of the video clip.

Change the order of the clips

You can rearrange the order of clips on the timeline to change when a particular clip appears in your movie. With a project open, touch and hold the video clip or photo in the timeline until it clears off the timeline, then drag it to where you want the clip to appear in your project.

Split a clip into two separate clips

When you split a clip, you can adjust the duration of each section, remove unwanted sections, or add different titles to each section.

  1. Scroll the timeline to set the playhead (white line) where you want to split the clip.
  2. If necessary, drag the timeline in the middle to enlarge the clip.
  3. Tap the clip, then tap the Actions button and then on "Share". Or tap the clip and swipe the clip playhead as if cutting through the clip with your finger.

iMovie inserts a None transition (also known as a cut) between the two newly created clips. You can change this transition to a dissolve or another transition.

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Shorten or lengthen a clip

You can crop a video clip or photo so that it appears in your movie for a shorter or longer period of time.

  1. With the project open, scroll to the clip you want to cut in the timeline.
  2. To zoom in on the clip, choose View> Zoom In, press Command-Plus Sign (+), or drag the clip on the trackpad. If you zoom in, you'll see more detail in the clip, making it easier to edit.
  3. In the timeline, move the pointer over the beginning or end of the clip you want to trim until the pointer reaches the clip trimmer tool becomes. The arrows indicate in which directions you can trim the clip:
  • To make the clip longer, drag the edge of the clip away from the center of the clip.
  • To shorten the clip, drag the edge of the clip towards the center of the clip.

If you can't drag the edge of the clip, it means there is no additional video at the beginning or end of the clip. For example, if you've added a 20 second video clip, you cannot make it longer than 20 seconds. This can also mean that the clip is the shortest length iMovie allows, which is 0.1 seconds. If you still want to change the duration of a clip, you can try adjusting the tempo of the video clip.

Use the clip trimmer to add or remove frames

For more precise editing, you can use the clip trimmer to add or remove individual frames from a video clip. You can also see how much of your clip is being used in the movie.

  1. In the timeline, select the clip that you want to trim.
  2. Choose Window> Show Clip Trimmer. The selected clip is displayed in the clip trimmer above the timeline. The part of the clip that is visible in your movie is shown between the two white lines, and the parts of your clip that are not showing in your movie are grayed out and are outside the white lines.
  3. Move the pointer over the line at the beginning or end of the clip until you see the clip trimmer tool is shown. Then lengthen or shorten the clip:
    • To make the clip longer by adding frames, drag away from the center of the clip.
    • To make the clip shorter by removing frames, drag towards the center of the clip.

You can use a different part of the same clip while keeping its length in the project:

  1. In the clip trimmer, move the pointer over the clip until the clip trimmer tool is shown.
  2. Drag the selected part of the clip left or right.
  3. Press Enter to close the clip trimmer.

Change the order of the clips

You can rearrange the order of clips on the timeline to change when a particular clip appears in your movie. With a project open, click the video clip or photo in the timeline and drag the clip left or right, depending on where you want the clip to appear in your movie:

  • To see the clip earlier, drag the video clip to the left, and then release it.
  • If you want to view the clip later, drag and release the video clip to the right.

You can also move multiple clips at the same time:

  1. Hold down Command as you click each clip you want to select, drag a marquee around the clips, or hold down Shift as you click each clip.
  2. Drag the clips to a new location on the timeline.

Split a clip into two separate clips

When you split a clip, you can adjust the duration of each section, remove unwanted sections, or add different titles to each section.

  1. Scroll the timeline to set the playhead (white line) where you want to split the clip.
  2. If necessary, choose View> Zoom In or press Command-Plus Sign (+) to zoom in on the clip.
  3. To split the clip, choose Modify> Split Clip or press Command-B.

After you've split the clip, add a transition like a dissolve between clips.

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