Edit and Share Video at 60 frames per second in iMovie

Video recorded at 60 frames per second (fps) can provide a smoother and more true-to-life look. iMovie lets you edit and share 1080p HD video at 60 fps captured from supported devices.

Set your device to capture at 60 fps

You can capture video at 60 frames per second using an iPhone 6 or later. Use these steps to set your device to record video using 1080p resolution at 60 fps:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Photos & Camera.
  3. Tap Record Video.
  4. Tap 1080p HD at 60 fps.
    Photos & Camera settings

Use 60 fps video in iMovie

After you've recorded 60 fps video, simply add 60 fps video clips to your project in iMovie for iOS (version 2.2 or later) or iMovie for Mac (version 10.1 or later). You can combine 60 fps video with other types of video clips and photos in the same project.

iMovie for iOS

In iMovie for iOS, the clips in your project determine how you can export your movie or trailer. If the majority of your project is made from photos or 60 fps video, then you can share or export at 60 fps.

iMovie for Mac

In iMovie for Mac, the first clip added to your project determines how you can export your movie or trailer. If you want to export a 60 fps file, be sure to add a 60 fps clip to your timeline before adding other clips.

You can confirm that the format of your imported movie is correct by clicking Settings in the upper right side of the timeline. The format of the currently-opened movie is displayed at the top of the Project Settings window. 

 iMovie project settings window

Share a 60 fps video

iMovie for iOS

To export your video from iMovie for iOS at 60 fps, make sure iMovie is set to enable exporting at 60 fps. Open the Settings app, tap iMovie, then turn on the option to Enable 60 fps export.

iMovie settings

After you've turned on this setting, you can export 60 fps movies from iMovie:

  1. In iMovie, tap Projects.
  2. Tap the project you want to export.
  3. Tap the Share   button.
  4. Tap Save Video.
  5. Choose the export size of your movie. Your movie is then exported to your photo library.

You can also share a 60 fps movie directly from iMovie to YouTube. When sharing to other online destinations, your movie might be converted to a lower frame rate.

iMovie for Mac

To export 60 fps video from iMovie for Mac, use these steps:

  1. Select a movie or trailer from the list of Projects, or open a movie or trailer in the timeline.
  2. Click the Share   button.
  3. Select File as the destination.
  4. Next to Resolution, choose 1080p 60. You can also choose resolutions lower than 1080p, while still preserving the 60 fps frame rate.
  5. Click Next, then save your movie.

You can also share a 60 fps movie directly from iMovie to YouTube. When sharing to other online destinations, your movie might be converted to a lower frame rate.

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