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Video 101: Trimming & Cutting with iMovie

Daniel Hayek
January 15, 2013 by Daniel Hayek Alum

Time to start cutting! In iMovie, you’ll see that the program is made up of three main windows: the project library, the viewer and the timeline. The project library is where you will keep your videos while you edit, the viewer is where you will view these videos as you edit and the timeline is where you will make edits to the videos.

Whenever you click on a clip in your project library, iMovie selects and highlights a four second portion of that video. To lengthen or shorten the selected portion, drag on the yellow tabs on either end of the highlighted section. To bring the clip into your timeline, click the highlighted portion of the clip and drag it into the timeline. Since we’re making a 5x5, each of the five clips we use should be five seconds long. Once all of your clips are in the timeline you can re-arrange them by dragging them around. It’s that simple! And be creative! Don’t worry about making any irreversible mistakes while you edit, though. The videos you edit in iMovie are only copies of your original videos. Pretty nifty, huh?

Continue on to Editing Sound & Music.

  1. 1.
    Text and titles can be added to your videos to create title cards, credits and anything else you'd like. Let's find out how to do that now!
  2. 2.
    Transitions and effects in moderation can really make your video pop! These can take an otherwise boring and flat video the next level. Let's learn how!
  3. 3.
    You can edit the sound in your videos and add music to create a treat for your ears! Sound can really add to the feel to your videos and add a little extra emotion. Learn how!
  4. 4.
    It's time to learn the basics of editing. If you're on a Mac, you can use iMovie to take your videos from your camera, all the way to Vimeo. It's really simple!
  5. 5.
    With iMovie you can export and upload directly to Vimeo all with a few easy clicks. It's so easy that you might do it by accident.
  6. 6.
    One of the first steps to editing a video is getting that footage into your editing program. This lesson will show you how to import your videos into iMovie so you can start editing your masterpiece!
  7. Learn to use the timeline in iMovie to make a sweet video. Don't worry it sounds like a time machine, but it's much less complicated.


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I'm not an apple user so this was no help at all. Is there a video editor online that simply lets you shorten the length of a video?


This is great! I use this tool: to trim and edit videos on my PC but I couldn't find anywhere a decent alternative for my Mac computer. So thank you very much for the help :)

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