Edit Cinematic mode video in Final Cut Pro, iMovie and Motion on Mac
Find out how to successfully import Cinematic mode clips captured with an iPhone so you can edit them in iMovie, Final Cut Pro and Motion on your Mac.
First, check to see if your Cinematic mode clips are processed in the Photos app on your iPhone.
Then, if you’re using Final Cut Pro, set up your new library and project first, then import from your Phone or import from your Photos library. For iMovie, you can immediately start importing Cinematic mode clips. Use the import methods described in this article to preserve the depth and focus metadata in Cinematic mode clips.
After you’ve finished importing, enable and adjust Cinematic controls for your clips.
If you’ve already imported your clips and on-screen Cinematic controls aren’t available, remove the Cinematic mode clips you imported, then follow the procedures in this article for the app you’re using.
Check to see if Cinematic mode clips have been processed
The Photos app on your iPhone must process Cinematic mode clips before you can access them on your Mac.
Open Photos on your iPhone.
Tap the Albums tab, then select the Cinematic album.
Tap Process Now at the bottom of the screen. If Process Now doesn’t appear, the clips have already been processed.
When the Cinematic mode clips have been processed, you can transfer them to your Mac.
If you use iCloud Photos, you can also wait for your videos to be uploaded to iCloud Photos to access them on your Mac.
Set up your library and project in Final Cut Pro
By default, iPhone captures video in HDR. For the best quality, import HDR Cinematic mode clips into a wide-gamut HDR library and (Rec. 2020 HLG) project in Final Cut Pro. If you recorded Cinematic mode clips in SDR, create a standard Rec. 709 project in Final Cut Pro.
If you want to use HDR clips in an SDR project, after importing the clips, convert them to SDR using the HDR Tools effect or by overriding the clip’s colour profile.
Import Cinematic mode clips into Final Cut Pro or iMovie
You can import Cinematic mode clips into Final Cut Pro or iMovie via USB cable or with AirDrop.
Import with a USB cable
The fastest and easiest method to import Cinematic mode clips is to connect your iPhone to your Mac with a USB cable, then import the clips directly into Final Cut Pro or iMovie:
Transfer using AirDrop, then import into Final Cut Pro or iMovie
You can use AirDrop to transfer Cinematic mode clips from your iPhone to your Mac.
In Photos on your iPhone, open the Cinematic mode clip or select multiple clips, then tap the .
Tap Options at the top of the screen, turn on All Photos Data, then tap Done. Turn that option on every time you transfer using AirDrop.
Tap AirDrop, then, in the Devices list, tap the Mac you want to transfer the clip to. Make sure the Mac you’re sharing with has AirDrop turned on. For each Cinematic clip you transfer using AirDrop, a folder containing four files will appear on the receiving Mac.
Import from your Photos library
To import Cinematic mode clips from your Photos library from within Final Cut Pro or iMovie, check the settings in this section to make sure your Cinematic mode clips import correctly.
Check privacy preferences
Final Cut Pro or iMovie may not have access to your Photos library, depending on what appears in the app:
If you can’t see the Photos app in the Photos and Audio sidebar in Final Cut Pro.
If you see the Photos app in the Libraries list in iMovie, but can’t see the Cinematic mode clips you've imported into Photos.
To allow Final Cut Pro or iMovie access to your Photos library in macOS Ventura or later:
Quit Final Cut Pro or iMovie if it's open.
Choose Apple menu > System Settings, then click Privacy and Security.
Turn on the setting for each app that needs access to your Photos library.
To allow Final Cut Pro or iMovie to access to your Photos library in macOS Monterey or earlier:
On your Mac, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Security & Privacy, then click Privacy.
Tick the box next to Final Cut Pro or iMovie to allow it to access information from Photos.
Designate a System Photo Library
If you see the Photos app in the Photos and Audio sidebar in Final Cut Pro or in the Libraries list in iMovie, but can’t see the Cinematic mode clips you've already imported into your Photos library, designate the Photos library you want to use as the System Photo Library.
Check to see if iCloud Photos is turned on or off
In the Photos app on your Mac, choose Photos > Settings (or Preferences), choose iCloud, then check these settings:
If iCloud Photos and Optimise Mac Storage are both selected, follow these steps before trying to import clips:
Select the Cinematic mode video clips in your Photos library.
Click the Rotate Anticlockwise button in the toolbar to rotate the image. This ensures the original files will be downloaded locally.
When all Cinematic clips have been rotated, choose Edit > Undo. This will download the original Cinematic video clips into your Photos library and preserve the depth and focus metadata created during recording.
After you’ve made these adjustments, you can then import Cinematic mode clips into your project.
Enable and adjust Cinematic controls for your clips
After you’ve successfully imported your Cinematic mode clips, add the clips to your project. When the Cinematic mode clips are in your project, you can enable Cinematic controls:
In iMovie on Mac, adjust Cinematic mode video clips.
To edit Cinematic mode videos recorded with iOS 16, you must be running iOS 16, iPadOS 16.1, or macOS Ventura or later. iPadOS 16.1 and macOS Ventura will be available in October.
Work with Cinematic mode clips in Motion
To work with Cinematic mode clips in Motion, move Cinematic mode clips to your Mac before importing them into Motion, then enable Cinematic mode video adjustments.
If Cinematic controls still aren’t available
If no onscreen Cinematic controls appear on Cinematic mode clips, you may have imported the clips with iCloud Photos and Optimise Mac Storage selected in Photos preferences. Try these options to access Cinematic controls:
Delete all copies of the clips in the library and in any project, then import directly by connecting your device to your Mac using a USB cable.
If Cinematic controls still aren’t available, you may have to update to macOS Monterey.