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Way to Crop / Zoom a Video in iMovie for iPhone or iPad

Would you guys want to crop a video or movie in iMovie on the iPhone or iPad? However, Cropping a video in iMovie permits you to necessarily zoom in on a movie. Either to crop out unnecessary elements, to consider the video just to put emphasis on something else, or to zoom into what you would inspite the video highlight. Cropping is different from cutting a video which is used to contract the total length to cut out irrelevent content.

However, this tutorial will also show you the way to crop a video on the iPhone or iPad using iMovie. Whether you guys happen to be interested. Mac users are also able to perform a similar cropping video action in iMovie for Mac.Video in iMovie

Similarly, iMovie for iOS permits you to crop videos. But it’s not specifically clear, as there is no crop button. Rather the iMovie for iOS applucation accidently refers to the crop capability just by calling it zoom. Just like lots of other features of iOS, the function in order to crop video in iMovie on the iPhone or iPad is hidden behind a few layers of interface removal that can also be easily overlooked. Or remain completely unknown to many using iMovie. Though leading lots of iPhone & iPad users to believe that there is no crop performance in iMovie for iOS. But not to fret, you guys are also able to crop a video in iMovie directly on your iPhone or iPad. And you won’t have to download any third party apps for doing this.

Way to Crop / Zoom a Video in iMovie for iPhone or iPad

However, this works to crop/zoom any movie you guys are also able to import into iMovie on iOS. Though the screenshots here illustrate this on an iPhone with iMovie rotated sideways into landscape mode. So just apart from the appearance, it’s the same in landscape or iPad too.

Before getting begin, so be sure you must have iMovie installed on your iPhone or iPad. That the video or movie you guys like to crop/zoom is on the device itself.

    • First of all, head to the iMovie in iOS whether you have not done so already. Next click on the “Projects” and tap the big plus sign “+ Create Project” button
    • Choose “Movie” from the options
    • Choose the video you like to crop from your iOS library. However, that it also has a little blue checkmark on it. Click on the text “Create Movie” button.
    • iMovie will also open the video into the project, now click on the video timeline / scrubber section
    • However, an additional toolbar will also be revealed. Along with a tiny magnifying glass in the corner of the video. Click on that tiny grey magnifying glass in the corner in order to turn on the crop / zoom feature of iMovie in iOS.
“Pinch to zoom video”
    • Though at a time when the magnifying glass says “Pinch to zoom video”. You can also now use a pinch or spread gesture on the movie preview in order to zoom & also crop the video. Do that until the video is cropped / zoomed adequately to your needs
    • When syou are satisfied with your cropped / zoomed video. Click the grey “Done” text button
    • Here you guys are also able to save & export the freshly cropped movie from iMovie. Store the video to the iPhone or iPad camera roll. Click on the Sharing / Action button that just looks like a box with an arrow flying out of the top
    • Choose where you guys like to store the video to, or how you guys also like to share it. However, in the example here we are selecting “Save Video” which stores the cropped movie to the iOS Camera Roll in Photos app (yes your videos in iOS will also be saved in the Photos app)
    • Select the size you also wish to export the video, here you should remember that HD video sizes are larger. But the higher quality compared to the other video exporting setting.

Now you are also able to return to the Photos app. Head to your Camera Roll or to the Videos folder of Photos in order to find the freshly cropped / zoomed video you must saved & exported.

Thumbnail probably not show the cropped / zoomed video

It’s interesting that when you are saving the video initially. So the thumbnail probably not show the cropped / zoomed video. But despite not displaying that the video also has been cropped or zoomed in that thumbnail though even when you guys see the actual stored & exported video, it will also be cropped. Therefore you can also see this in the instance screen shots of the video cropped in this guide. That simply shows a worn out “E” key on a Mac laptop.

It’s also essential to point out that cropping or zooming a video will also causes some loss of quality. Just with more loss of quality occuring the greater the zoom or crop. Just because you guys are necessairily shrinking down the available pixels used in the video to highlight them.

Though guys simply being able to crop & zoom a video is clearly useful for lots of causes. Specifically whether you recorded a movie on the iPhone or iPad. But find that it is not specifically focus on a subject. Whether you aslo decide you would like to alter the focus of the video itself. Another advnatgeous feature is trimming a video in iOS. However, which you are able to do directly in the video viewer of Photos app. Or by using the same typical principals in the iMovie for iOS app.

No such clear Crop button

Whether you are an Apple user with lots of devices, you probably already know the way to crop a video in iMovie for Mac. Similarly, which is a bit more intuitive thanks to the clear crop button. Oh, iMovie for iOS also has no such clear Crop button & rather hides it as a “Zoom” feature. So that is really quite subtle without it being pointed out to the user or explained, as we do in this guide. Whether you must have hunted around in iMovie for iPhone or iPad for a cropping feature & not found one, so do not feel bad, it’s really quite hidden, much like the capability in order to rotate a video in iMovie on iPhone or iPad is hidden as actually an invisible gesture within the app.

Probably a future version of iMovie for iOS will also make a more clear Crop Video feature available in iMovie. Even though in the default Video viewer of Photos app (such as the crop photos feature of iOS that already exists). But until or whether that ever occurs. Guys you can also remember to use the Zoom button & pinch gestures simply to crop a video in iMovie for iOS instead.

Whether you wish to play with videos in iOS, you probably also appreciate knowing about adding text to videos with iMovie for iOS & rotating videos in iMovie for iOS as well.

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However, this tutorial also show you the way to crop a video on the iPhone or iPad using iMovie. Whether you guys happen to be interested. Mac users are also able to perform a similar cropping video action in iMovie for Mac.

Well, do you guys also know of any other helpful ways to crop videos in iMovie on iPhone or iPad? Also share your tips & suggestions in the comments section below!

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