iMovie for Mac: iMovie keyboard shortcuts

iMovie keyboard shortcuts

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Action

Shortcut

Open the iMovie Help menu

Shift–Command–Question Mark (?)

Import and export

Action

Shortcut

Import media

Command-I

Share the selection to iMovie Theater

Command-E

Play video

Action

Shortcut

Play video beginning from the frame beneath the playhead or skimmer

Space bar

Play the selection

Slash (/)

Play the selected event, clip, or project from the beginning

Backslash (\)

Move the playhead one frame forward

Right Arrow key

Move the playhead one frame backward

Left Arrow key

When playing a clip in the browser, jump forward to the next clip

Down Arrow key

When playing a clip in the timeline, jump to the beginning of the current clip, or jump to the previous clip if the playhead is near the beginning of the current clip

Up Arrow key

Play the selected item full screen

Shift-Command-F

Exit full-screen view

Escape (Esc) key

Loop playback

Command-L

Show or hide clip information when skimming in the browser

Control-Y

Manage projects and events

Action

Shortcut

Create a new movie project

Command-N

Move to Trash

Moves the selected clip, movie, trailer, or event to the Trash. If only part of a clip is selected, the entire clip is moved to the Trash.

Command-Delete

Open iMovie preferences

Command-Comma (,)

Select and edit video

Action

Shortcut

Select all clips

To select all clips in the timeline, first click anywhere in the timeline. To select all clips in the browser, first click anywhere in the browser.

Command-A

Select an entire clip

X

Select part of a clip

Hold down the R key and drag

Deselect all clips

Shift-Command-A

Add the selection to the movie

E

Connect the selection to the clip at the playhead position

Q

Insert the selection in the movie at the playhead position

W

Automatically improve the video and audio quality of the selected clip

Shift-Command-E

Cut the selected frames

Command-X

Copy the selected frames

Command-C

Paste the selected frames

Command-Slash (/)

Trim a clip in the timeline to the selected range

Option-Slash (/)

Divide a clip at the playhead position

Command-B

Reset speed adjustments

Option-Shift-R

Paste all adjustments

Option-Command-V

Paste color correction adjustments

Option-Command-C

Paste crop adjustments

Option-Command-R

Paste volume adjustments

Option-Command-A

Paste the video effect

Option-Command-L

Paste the audio effect

Option-Command-O

Paste speed adjustments

Option-Command-S

Paste video overlay settings

Pastes adjustments, depending on which type of video is selected.

Option-Command-U

Paste the map style

Option-Command-M

Rate the selection as favorite

F

Unmark selected frames

U

Rate the selection as rejected, or delete the selection from the timeline

Delete key

Open or close the clip trimmer when a clip is selected

Command-Backslash (\)

Open or close the precision editor

Command-Slash (/)

Work with audio

Action

Shortcut

Open voiceover controls in the viewer

V

Turn on or silence audio while skimming video

Shift-S

Mute audio in a clip

Shift-Command-M

Detach audio from a clip

Option-Command-B

Undo the last action

Command-Z

Redo the last action

Shift-Command-Z

Edit text

Action

Shortcut

Copy the selected text

Command-C

Cut the selected text

Command-X

Paste the copied text

Command-V

iMovie window

Action

Shortcut

Minimize the iMovie window

Command-M

Go to Library view (the default main window view)

1

Go to Projects view

2

Go to iMovie Theater

3

Show or hide the Libraries list

Shift-Command-1

Show my media in the browser

Command-1

Show audio in the browser

Command-2

Show titles in the browser

Command-3

Show maps and backgrounds in the browser

Command-4

Show sound effects in the browser

Command-5

Show transitions in the browser

Command-6

Play the selected item full screen

Shift-Command-F

Published Date: Jun 28, 2016
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