Edit and share high-quality video with iMovie

You can edit and share video in high-quality formats like 4k and 60 frame per second (fps) with iMovie on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

With iMovie for iOS1 and iMovie for macOS2, you can edit and share videos recorded in high-quality formats as long as some of the clips in your project were originally recorded in a high-quality format. For superior sharpness and quality, record and edit video recorded at 4K. For a smoother and more true-to-life look, try recording and editing video at 60 frames per second (fps).

1 For iMovie for iOS, you can edit and share 4K video on iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro, and later devices. 

2 For iMovie for macOS, you can edit and share 4K video on Mac computers from 2011 or later with at least 4GB of memory.

Record high-quality video

You can set your iPhone or iPad to record high-quality video. If you're recording video with a device not made by Apple, see the manufacturer's instructions on how to set your device to record high-quality video.

Edit high-quality video

After you've recorded high-quality video, simply add the video clips to your project in iMovie. You can combine high-quality video clips with other types of video clips and photos in the same project.

Edit high-quality video in iMovie on your iPhone or iPad

In iMovie on your iPhone or iPad, make sure your project has at least one high-quality video clip. You can also share a high-quality video if your project contains only photos.

Edit high quality video in iMovie on your Mac

In iMovie on your Mac, make sure the first clip you add to your project is a high-quality video clip. The first clip you add to a project determines the format for the entire project.

To confirm that your project's video format, click Settings in the upper right side of the timeline. The format of the current project appears under Project Settings in the window. 

Share high-quality video

You can share high-quality videos from your iOS device and your Mac. iMovie shares 4K projects at a resolution of 3840 x 2160 in the 4K UHD format.

Share high-quality video on your iPhone or iPad

  1. For a 60 frames per second project, open the Settings app, tap iMovie, then select "Enable 60 fps export." For a 4k project, go to the next step.
  2. With a movie or trailer selected in the Projects view or open in the timeline, tap the Share button  .
  3. Tap  Share button.
  4. Tap Save Video.
  5. Choose a high-quality option for the export size:
    • For a 4K project, choose 4K, which exports at 30 fps.
    • For a 60 fps project, choose one of the 60 fps options like "HD - 1080p60."

iMovie exports your video to the Photo Library in the Photos app.

You can also share a high-quality video directly from iMovie to YouTube. When sharing to other online destinations, your movie might be converted to a lower resolution.

Share high-quality video on your Mac

  1. With a movie or trailer selected in the Projects view or open in the timeline, click the Share button  .
  2. Select File as the destination.
  3. Click the Resolution pop-up menu and choose a high-quality option:
    • For a 4K project, choose 4K.
    • For a 60 fps project, choose one of the 60 fps options like "1080p 60."
  4. Set other options, click Next, then save your movie.

You can also share a high-quality video directly from iMovie to YouTube. When sharing to other online destinations, your movie might be converted to a lower resolution.

View a project in 4K while editing

With iMovie 10.1 or later on an iMac with Retina 5K display, you can view pixel-for-pixel 4K video while editing your movie. First, put iMovie into full screen mode—click the green button in the top-left corner of the iMovie window. Then drag the lower edge of the Viewer to expand it to its maximum size, which shows 4K video at 100% resolution.

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