iMovie Crop: How to Crop Video in iMovie

iMovie Crop: How to Crop Video in iMovie

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Dec 29,2017 • Filed to: Alternative • Proven solutions

It is easy to crop a video in iMovie for Mac. It has a whole fresh design and you will be able to enjoy watching your favorite videos without any problems. This software has one of the best experience like you have never had before thus should be top among your considerations. If you want to share the files after cropping, iMovie is well suited to allow that as well as browsing of the clips to be cropped. Read on and learn below tips on how to crop photos and videos with iMovie and its alternative.

Part 1. How to Crop Movies with iMovie Alternative

Best iMovie Alternative - Filmora Video Editor

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Filmora Video Editor is an easy to use program that can be the best alternative to iMovie for Mac (macOS 10.13 High Sierra included). Its interface is user-friendly and it will be ideal for use by a beginner. It has a built-in editor that you will use conveniently for adding fade to your movie while over hundred transition effects come for free.

Key Features of Filmora Video Editor:

  • All editing tools are displayed clearly in the main windows;
  • No incompatibility issues of media formats at all;
  • Multiple filters, overlays, motion graphics, titles and intros are ready in the program;
  • Besides saving edited video in multiple formats, provides directly sharing videos to YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo from the program.

Steps to Crop Videos in iMovie Alternative - Filmora Video Editor

Step 1. Import video to the program

Open the main interface of the video editor, and click on the "Import Media" button to select the video you want to crop. Alternatively, you can simply drag and drop the video to the program interface.

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Step 2. Open the crop video window

Now drag and drop the video to the timeline. And click on the "Crop" button on the toolbar to open the video crop window. You can also right click on the video in the timeline and select the "Crop and Zoom" option to start cropping the video.

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Step 3. Crop video in iMovie alternative

In the video crop window, click on the "Crop" tab and start to crop the video per your need. You can select the cropping size or crop manually. After that, click "OK" to save the video.

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Part 2. How to Crop Video using Apple iMovie

It might seem to be highly complicated cropping video with iMovie in case it is your first time to use the program. To the contrary, it is one of the easiest tasks to accomplish in relation to video editing. You just need to master a few basics and you will be good to go.

When using iMovie or any of the alternative video cropping programs discussed above, you will have to be keen not to add videos over other videos. Also, ensure the right file format is selected for compatibility concerns. Observing those two important aspects will guarantee you of the best experience when cropping your video files.

See the detailed step-by-step guide on how to crop video on Mac using iMovie

Step 1. Import your movie project

One of the key guides for cropping video in iMovie is coming up with a new project which starts with importing the necessary clips and organizing them in a systematic manner. This will ensure you can access them easily from iMovie which will make everything possible and easy for you.

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Step 2. Strat cropping video in iMovie on Mac

From the toolbar of the program, look for the "new project" icon and click on that to set the ball rolling. There are many options and themes which are used when cropping video to make it much better. You can choose the one that you deem suitable for your video cropping.

If you want to experiment, choose "no theme" option to get a feel of what to expect. You should not go for something sophisticated if you are unsure or have concerns lingering in your mind. There are important settings like file format, name and Aspect Ratio which will have to be sorted out before you can continue with your video cropping.

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Step 3. Do some settings if you need

In cropping, iMovie will offer the option of adding transitions which is optional. When through with all that, your new project will be successfully created and the next step will be creating a rough cut. This is where all the video clips and any audio files are matched to each other.

At this step, all the major cropping takes place and you will have the option of double clicking or copying and pasting the video to the iMovie timeline. Just below the timeline's viewing window, you will see some 'in' and 'out' points which will be used to mark out the specific parts of the video to be cropped.

Always, make sure you preview your video after every cropping step to be sure that you are right on track. Don't finish everything then return to preview as a single mess will require a repeat of all the procedures from scratch. Also, be sure to keep on saving your cropped video after every step because iMovie can crash unexpected which will be very costly if the cropped work is not saved.

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Video Tutorial: How to Crop Videos in iMovie on Mac

Here we make a video tutorial about cropping videos using iMovie software, you can learn the how to do it easily!

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