This wikiHow teaches you how to split and trim a video clip at a selected point in iMovie, using a Mac, iPhone, or iPad. iMovie is Apple's official video editing suite for all desktop and mobile macOS and iOS platforms. You can use iMovie's "Split Clip" tool to split video clips and make clippings anywhere in a video.
Method 1 of 2: On a Mac
Step 1. Open the iMovie app on your computer
The iMovie icon looks like a purple
video camera in a white star on a purple background. You can find it on the Dock or in your "Applications" folder.
Step 2. Select the video project you want to edit
Double-click a movie or video project on your Projects page to open the editing tools.
The video editor will be in the lower half of the app window
Step 3. Find the exact moment when you want to cut your video
Play the video clip in the editor in the lower half of your screen, and pause it at the exact moment you want to cut.
- You'll find an editing roll of the entire video in the bottom half of the screen.
- You can click on the video roll with the left mouse button at any time to jump here.
- The white vertical playback bar should be at the exact point where you want to cut.
- You can press the spacebar on your keyboard to play and pause the video.
- Use the right and left arrow keys to move the playhead forward or backward one frame.
- A full list of all the keyboard shortcuts for iMovie can be found on Apple's official help page here:
Step 4. Press ⌘ Command+B on your keyboard
This keyboard combination will automatically split the clip into two parts, at the exact moment where the white vertical video line is.
After splitting, you can select one of the two parts, and delete it by pressing Delete on your keyboard
Step 5. Right click on the moment in the video you want to cut (optional)
As an alternative to the keyboard shortcut, you can also mouse over the video clip in the editor at the bottom, and right-click on the exact moment you want to cut.
Step 6. Select Split Clip from the right-click menu
Like the keyboard combination, this will cut your video at the exact moment you selected.
Step 7. Left click the moment you want to cut in the video (optional)
As a final solution, you can browse the video and select the moment you want to cut by simply left clicking.
This will automatically place the white vertical line in the video clip at this exact moment
Step 8. Click on the Change menu or 'Edit' on the menu bar
This button is located on your Mac's menu bar at the top of your screen. A drop-down menu will open.
Step 9. Click on Split Clip in the 'Edit' menu
This will cut the video at the exact moment you selected with your left mouse button.
Method 2 of 2: On an iPhone or iPad
Step #1. Open the iMovie app on your iPhone or iPad
The iMovie icon looks like a purple one
in a white star on a purple background. You can find it on your home screen or in an app folder.
Step #2. Tap the project you want to edit
Select the video or movie project you want to edit on the 'Projects' page to open its details.
Step #3. Tap on the Edit button
You'll find this button below the thumbnail and title of the video. The selected video will open in the editor.
Step 4. Press and hold the video roll at the bottom and drag it
You can press and hold the video roll at the bottom of your screen and drag it to the exact moment you want to split the video.
- You'll see an editing roll of the entire video in the bottom half of the screen.
- Make sure you position the white vertical playhead exactly when you want to split the clip.
Step 5. Tap on the video roll at the bottom of the editor
This shows a yellow highlight around the video roll in the editor, and shows your editing tools at the bottom of your screen.
Step 6. Select Actions on the bottom toolbar
This button looks like a scissors icon. It will show your video actions.
Step 7. Tap on Split above the toolbar at the bottom
This will cut the video where the white vertical line is.