macOS High Sierra

View video clips

You can view video clips you’ve imported into your Photos library, and even trim the length of a clip, if you want. You can also display slow-motion and time-lapse video clips imported from an iPhone.

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For information about viewing or editing Live Photos, see View Live Photos and Edit a Live Photo.

Play a video clip

  1. Double-click the video clip to open it.

    When you hold the pointer over a video, the video controls appear.

  2. Click the Play button .

    You can use the video controls to pause the video clip, fine-tune the sound, and more.

    Tip: To view a video frame by frame, position the pointer over the clip to display the player controls, then click the Action pop-up menu and choose Show Frame Stepping Buttons.

    Video clip with playback controls at bottom.

Trim a video clip

You can trim a video clip so only a certain part of it plays. For example, you can make a clip stop playing at the point where you want it to end, instead of playing the entire clip. Trimming a video clip doesn’t actually delete footage; you can recover any trimmed footage later.

  1. Double-click the video clip to open it.

  2. Position the pointer over the clip to display the player controls, then click the Action pop-up menu and choose Trim.

  3. Drag the yellow trim handle at either end to shorten the clip, then click Trim.

    Yellow trim handles in a video clip

    Tip: To make more precise edits, click and hold a trim handle to see the individual frames of a video.

    To cancel the trim, click the Action pop-up menu and choose Reset Trim.

Change slow-motion video

You can change when a slow-motion video slows down and speeds up again.

  1. Click the disclosure triangle next to Media Types in the sidebar, then click the Slo-Mo album in the sidebar.

  2. Double-click a video clip to open it.

  3. Drag the slow-motion controls to change when the clip begins to slow down and speed up again.

    Slow-motion controls in a video clip