What to expect when you import slow-motion video from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your Mac or PC

The software that you use to import slow-motion video from your iOS device can change how the video behaves in other apps.

You can import slow-motion (slo-mo) video from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using these apps. The app that you use to import your movie affects how slow motion in your video is handled when you play or edit your movie. Choose an app below to learn more.


By default, slo-mo movies play at full speed until they're added to a project. This setting can be changed in iMovie preferences.


Slo-mo movies that you import in Photos include speed variations.

iPhoto and Aperture

Slow-motion movies that you import using iPhoto or Aperture don't show speed variations. The entire video imports at the slowest speed.

Image Capture in OS X Yosemite and later

Slo-mo movies that you import using Image Capture include speed variations. The variations are visible if the app you use to view them can view the variations, like QuickTime Player (version 10 and later).
Slo-mo information is included in the AAE file that is imported with your movie.

Image Capture in OS X Mavericks and earlier

Slo-mo movies that you import through Image Capture do not show speed variations.


Slo-mo movies don't include speed variations in Windows. The speed at which they play depends on the app you view them in.

Additional options

If you want to import the edited version of a movie to a Mac or PC that doesn’t automatically import the edited version, here's what to do:

  • AirDrop or email the movie to yourself.
  • Or, if you've enabled iCloud Photos, you can download the movie from the Photo Library web app at iCloud.com

These actions give you a copy of the edited version on your computer, but you won't be able to revert to the original, unedited version.

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