The best way to Edit Movies on a Mac

Even if you are not a video professional, there are times when you need to edit a fast video. Check out our tips for video editing on macOS.

How to edit videos on Mac

Want to edit a video on your Mac but not sure how to do it? You are in the right place. Here we show how you can use video editing software for macOS to easily refine and improve your videos.

The program we are going to use is iMovie, a free video editor from Apple for macOS and iOS devices.

How to remove the audio from a video

Separate the audio from a video on a Mac

To remove sound from your video, do the following in iMovie:

  1. Open iMovie, create a new project, and import the video that you want to edit.

  2. Drag the video to the timeline so you can edit it.

  3. Right click on the video in the timeline and select Pick up audio.

  4. Click the split audio in the timeline and press the button Clear Key.

You can export your edited video by clicking File> Share Menu.

How to add background music to a video

Add music to a video on Mac

You can make your video more interesting by adding background music. IMovie allows you to add both iTunes and non-iTunes music files to your videos.

You can also add music to a video on Windows computers.

Add music to the featured video

Here's how:

  1. Make sure your video is already in the iMovie timeline.

  2. If your song isn't already in iMovie, click File> Import Media and add the track.

  3. With your music file in iTunes, click Audio and select iTunes.

  4. Drag your music file and place it under your video on the timeline.

  5. Your video should now contain the background music you selected.

How to crop a video

Crop a video on Mac

Cropping can remove unwanted areas from your video. For example, if something is displayed in the frame but you don't want it there, you can use iMovie to cut it out.

To do that:

  1. Make sure your video is placed on the main timeline.

  2. Press the Cropping Option above the mini player.

  3. Choose Harvest for filling Possibility.

  4. Adjustable handles are now displayed in the mini player. Drag these handles to indicate the area that you want to keep in your video.

  5. Click the check mark icon to save changes.

How to increase or decrease the playback speed of a video

Change the video speed on a Mac

You can speed up or slow down your video in iMovie. This is how it works:

  1. Select your video clip in the timeline.

  2. Choose speed Icon from the top right corner.

  3. Select a speed option speed Drop down menu.

  4. Choose Custom from the drop-down menu if you want to set your own video speed.

How to split a video into multiple parts

Share a video on Mac

If you want to create multiple clips from a single larger video clip, here's how you can do it in iMovie on a Mac:

  1. Place the playhead where you want to split the video in two.

  2. click Modify> Split Clip above. Alternatively, press the button Command + B. Abbreviation.

How to merge multiple video clips

Merge Videos on Mac

If your video clips are scattered all over the place, you can stitch them all together and create a single clip.

To combine video clips in iMovie:

  1. Select the videos you want to join on the timeline. Hold down the button command Multiple video selection button.

  2. click Modify> Merge Clips above to merge your clips into one.

How to add text to a video

Add text to a video on a Mac

iMovie has many styles of text that you can add to your video. You can access it as follows:

  1. Place the playhead where you want to add the text.

  2. Press the title Select the text style you want to add.

  3. Double click on the style and it will be added to your video.

  4. You can now enter your custom text.

How to add a transition effect between two clips

Add a transition to a video on a Mac

Video transition effects prevent a clip from ending abruptly. If you have multiple video clips, add a transition effect as follows for a smoother fade:

  1. Click the video that you want to add a transition effect to on the timeline.

  2. Choose Transitions Tab above.

  3. Double click the transition effect you want and it will be added to your video.

How to add a voiceover to a video

Add a voiceover to a video on a Mac

IMovie lets you record a voiceover and add it to your video without leaving the app. There is a built-in recording option that allows you to create custom audio recordings.

You can access this option using the following steps:

  1. Move the playhead to where you want to add a voiceover.

  2. Press the Record voice over Icon, then click the red button next to it.

  3. You will see a countdown and then your audio recording will begin.

  4. Click the red stop button when you are finished recording.

How to add a watermark to a video

Add a watermark to a video on Mac

Watermarking your videos on Mac is as easy as placing your watermark image on your video.

In the iMovie app, you can do this as follows:

  1. click File> Import Media into iMovie to import your watermark image.

  2. Drag your watermark image and place it over your video on the timeline.

  3. Drag the watermark so that it is the same size as your video on the timeline. This will add the watermark to your entire video.

  4. Click your watermark in the timeline, then select that Cropping Tool from top right.

  5. Choose Fit of the style Menu.

  6. Press the Video overlay settings Option in the top right corner.

  7. click Cutaway and choose Picture in picture.

  8. You can now drag and drop your watermark wherever you want.

If you're using a different video editor, check out other ways to add a watermark to a video.

How to rotate a video

Rotate a video on a Mac

If your video isn't in the correct orientation, iMovie can be used to rotate it:

  1. Select your video on the timeline and click Cropping Icon at the top right.

  2. Click either Rotate the clip counterclockwise or Rotate the clip clockwise.

  3. You can click these options multiple times to keep rotating your video.

To reverse a video clip

Play a video in reverse order on a Mac

You can use the following steps to have your video play backwards:

  1. Select your video on the timeline.

  2. Press the speed Icon in the upper right corner.

  3. Tick ​​that Turning back Possibility.

How to add filters and effects to a video

Add filters to a video on a Mac

iMovie has various filters and effects that you can add to your video clips. You can access it as follows:

  1. Click the clip that you want to add a filter or effect to on the timeline.

  2. Choose Clip filters and audio effects Option from the top right corner.

  3. Click the drop-down menu next to Clip filter.

  4. You should now see all the filters that you can add to your video.

  5. Click on a filter and it will be added to your video.

Edit videos on Mac quickly and easily

There are many Mac video editors out there, but iMovie has to be the easiest. With this app, you can do almost any basic video editing task without paying a dime.

As with videos, you can edit audio files on your Mac. There are many audio editors for Mac that you can use to create and modify audio files on macOS.

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Mahesh Makvana
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Mahesh is a tech writer at MakeUseOf. He has been writing technical guides for about 8 years and has covered many subjects. He loves teaching people how to get the most out of their devices.

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