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iMovie Flip Video: How to Flip Video in iMovie

By Elva | Sep 07,2018 9:52 am

Flipping a video does not seem to be that much of a hard work, unfortunately you will have to know exactly where to look for it, even if you are using applications as well known and easy to use as Mac iMovie, flipping a video is not as intuitive as you may think. But, when exactly does it come at handy to flip a video using iMovie?

Part 1: Best Alternative to iMovie to Flip Video on Mac (macOS 10.13 Included)

Among the video edition software that you will find for Mac, one that offers great capabilities, close to the ones iMovie has to offer, is Filmora Video Editor. You can easily flip the video with this iMovie alternative for Mac (macOS 10.13 High Sierra), all you have to do is to right-click on the video section and go to Edit a small section will appear, from which you will be able to flip, rotate, adjust hue, brightness and other video settings, all in the same place.

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Key Features of Filmora Video Editor:

  • Its 50,000,000 happy users continuously testify for coming up with beautiful videos.
  • Ability to trim, rotate, crop, join and split videos with simple interface.
  • Hand-picked filters, overlays, motion graphics, titles, intro/credit. More effects are added regularly.
  • After all the editing is done you can be able to export the videos and share them with others.
  • Ability to preview the videos with full screen.

How to Flip Video using Filmora Video Editor for Mac

Step 1. Launch Filmora Video Editor

Download and install Filmora Video Editor on your Mac. Upon successful installation, simply click on the program’s icon to open the primary window.

Step 2. Import Video Files

On the program’s interface, identify and click the “Import” button. From the sub-menu, select “Import Media Files” option to open the file explorer window. Identify the target videos, select them and click “Open” to upload to the User’s Album.

Alternatively, you can simply drag the respective videos from the save location and drop them on the program’s interface. Once uploaded, again drag these video files to the program’s timeline which is just located at the bottom of the window.

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Step 3. Flip your Videos

Next, right-click the target video on the program’s timeline and choose the “Edit” option to open the editing panel.

Here, four flip options are displayed from which you can choose from. Just click any of the flip options and check the real-time effect on the preview window. You can flip the video horizontally or vertically as per your need. If you want to only flip some sections in your video, you will first have to split then and flip the target section. Just move the play head to the desired position and hit the “Scissor” button to split the video.

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Step 4. Export your Flipped Video

Once you are okay with the flip option, just navigate to the “Export” to save the flipped video. An output window shall then be displayed from where you can make a couple of output settings. Choose your target format just under the “Formats” tab, then a convenient save path and of course the file name. Remember you can export your videos to video sharing platforms like Facebook and YouTube among others. You can also adjust the resolution for your output video as well. Once satisfied, hit the “Export” button and wait for the program to conclude.

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Part 2: How to flip video in iMovie

As mentioned before, options like flipping are found in most video edition tools. In order to flip a vertical video in imovie, here is what you need to do.

Step 1. Open your project

Once you are working with the video on iMovie, you will need to double-click on the video section you are trying to flip. A Settings button will show up to your left and you need to click on it, then a small box will appear. Other way to achieve this is to right-click on the video section and select its Clip Settings.

Open your project

Step 2. Begin to flip videos using iMovie

As the small box will opens up, it will show you the Clip and Video options. On Clip, you have to click on Video effect. You will now see a set of effects from which you will be able to select Flip. After this, all you need to do is click on Exit.

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Keep in mind that the flipping effect will only apply to the selected scene, the remaining clips will keep their original formats so you will haver to do this process over again for each clip that you want to flip.


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