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

The software 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 video from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using these apps. The app 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.

iMovie

Photos

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

iPhoto and Aperture

  • Slow-motion (slo-mo) movies 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 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 X.
    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 you import through Image Capture do not show speed variations. iMovie imports the entire video as full speed.

Windows

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

Additional options

If you want to view the edited version of a movie on a Mac or PC that doesn’t automatically import the edited version:

  • AirDrop or email the movie to yourself.
  • Or, if you've enabled iCloud Photo Library you can download it 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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