iMovie for Mac: Record video directly into iMovie

Record video directly into iMovie

You can record video directly into iMovie using the FaceTime HD camera built into your Mac.

Record live video

  1. To open the Import window, click the Import button in the toolbar.

    Import button in toolbar

    If you don’t see the Import button, click the Media button in the toolbar, and then click the Import button.

    Media button in toolbar

    If Image Capture, Photos, or another photo app opens, close the window.

  2. In the Cameras section of the Import window sidebar, select the built-in camera.

    A live video image from the camera appears in the Import window.

  3. To specify the event you want to record into, do one of the following:

    • Choose an existing event: Click the “Import to” pop-up menu at the top of the Import window and choose the event.

      "Import to" pop-up menu
    • Create a new event: Click the “Import to” pop-up menu, choose New Event, type a name for the new event, and click OK.

    • Choose the open project: Click the “Import to” pop-up menu and choose Project Media.

    To learn more about events, see Organize media and events.

  4. To start recording from the selected camera, click the Record button below the live video image.

    Record button

    A new clip is created for each recording. You can repeat this process as many times as necessary.

  5. To stop recording, click the Record button again.

  6. To end the recording session and return to the iMovie main window, click the Close button.

Published Date: Oct 10, 2019