iMovie for iOS (iPad): Send projects to iMovie for Mac or Final Cut Pro X

Send projects to iMovie for Mac or Final Cut Pro X

You can transfer your iMovie for iOS projects to your computer and edit them in iMovie for Mac or in Final Cut Pro X. To transfer projects to iMovie for Mac, you must be using iMovie for Mac 10.1.11 or later. To transfer projects to Final Cut Pro X, you must be using Final Cut Pro 10.4.6 or later.

When you export an iMovie for iOS project, the project and the media used by the project are saved as a single file you can easily copy, transfer, or archive.

Note: If you’re using iMovie on an iPad set up as a Shared iPad, you can’t share projects to iMovie for Mac.

  1. In the Projects browser, tap the project you want to share.

  2. In the project details screen, tap the Share button , then tap one of the following options:

    • AirDrop: Share wirelessly to a nearby Mac using AirDrop.

    • iTunes: Transfer the file to a Mac using iTunes and a USB cable connection.

    • iCloud Drive: Save the file to iCloud Drive and retrieve it with your Mac.

    For more information about each of these methods, see Share to other devices or apps.

  3. When prompted, choose the iMovie Project option (not the Video File option).

  4. When the project file has finished copying, locate it on your Mac.

    By default, AirDrop transfers appear in your Downloads folder. Projects sent to iCloud Drive appear in the iMovie folder in iCloud Drive.

  5. Do one of the following:

    • Open the project in iMovie for Mac: Double-click the iMovie for iOS project file on your Mac.

      Important: This step requires iMovie for Mac 10.1 or later.

      All of your editing decisions, retiming changes, effects, filters, titles, and theme music choices are retained in the project when you open it in iMovie for Mac.

    • Open the project in Final Cut Pro: Open Final Cut Pro and choose File > Import > iMovie iOS Projects. In the window that appears, navigate to the location where you stored the iMovie iOS project file, select it, and click Import.

      Note: Trailer projects are automatically converted to movie projects for use in Final Cut Pro. If there are empty image wells in the trailer, those scenes are replaced by placeholder clips.

For more information about using iMovie for Mac, see iMovie Help.

For more information about using Final Cut Pro, see Final Cut Pro Help.

Published Date: Jun 12, 2019