iMovie

Cropping Clips 

Crop a clip

You can crop photos, freeze frames, and video clips in your movies to get a close-up of a subject of interest, or to eliminate unwanted areas.

Cropping is also useful if you have photos or video clips that don’t fit within your movie’s aspect ratio (for example, if you have footage converted from an old standard-definition video camera that you want to mix with high-definition footage from today’s cameras). In such cases, you can crop the photos or video clips so that they fit.


Crop a clip or photo in the timeline

1.     In the timeline, select the clip or photo you want to crop.

2.     To show the cropping controls, click the Cropping button.

3.     Click the Crop to Fill button.

An adjustable frame appears on top of the clip in the viewer.

Note: This frame is constrained to a 16:9 aspect ratio. 

The area within the crop frame fills the viewer.

To reset all crop and rotation adjustments, click the Reset button.

If you applied a crop to the clip in the browser before adding the clip to the timeline, that crop is reset as well.

Tip: To quickly get back to the original source clip in the browser, press Shift-F.

Crop a clip or photo in the browser

You can crop a clip or photo in the browser, before adding it to your movie.

1.     In the browser, select the clip or photo you want to crop.

2.     To show the cropping controls, click the Cropping button.

3.     Click the Crop button.

An adjustable frame appears on top of the clip in the viewer.


Restore a clip’s original aspect ratio

If you add 4:3 standard-definition video to a 16:9 high-definition project, iMovie automatically crops the video to fit the full 16:9 frame. You can restore the clip’s original 4:3 frame.

1.     In the browser or timeline, select the clip or photo whose aspect ratio you want to restore.

2.     To show the cropping controls, click the Cropping button.

3.     Click the Fit button.

The clip’s original aspect ratio is restored.

Note: If you restore a clip that has a 4:3 aspect ratio, black bars appear to the left and right of the clip.