Editing Video With QuickTime Player

You can use QuickTime Player for very simple video editing without setting up a whole project in iMovie or Final Cut Pro. With QuickTime Player, you can combine trimming, appending more clips, and splitting clips to arrange and export edited movies.

Comments: 13 Responses to “Editing Video With QuickTime Player”

    Uday
    3 years ago

    I cannot seem to buy QuickTime Pro and am told that Apple has stopped publishing and selling it. Can you help? I don’t want to use iMovie, as I am an amateur.

    And I just love your Tutorials…. Keep them coming.

    Bridgette
    3 years ago

    How do you get the video footage into QuickTime player in the first place?

    3 years ago

    Bridgette: Not sure what you are asking. At 0:26 I double-click on the video file to open it in QuickTime Player. Is that what you mean? You can also open video files in the same way you open any file in any app: File, Open, Command+O, drag and drop onto the app or app icon in the Dock, etc.

    3 years ago

    Uday: No need for QuickTime Pro. What I show in the video is using the QuickTime Player that comes with OS X. The last thing called “QuickTime Pro” was QuickTime 7 Pro which is very very old at this point. You don’t need it.
    As for being an amateur: iMovie is for home users, not pros. Final Cut is for pros. iMovie is what you want to use. Apple built it for typical Mac home users to be able to edit their videos.

    Timothy M Ricke
    3 years ago

    This is really needed. Thank you Gary!

    Jennifer
    3 years ago

    I have always wanted to know how to do this without going to the effort of using Imovie. THANK YOU!!!!

    nick
    3 years ago

    hi Gary
    first of all, thanks for all your great videos, I always look forward to them. Do you know if there’s a way to place “bookmarks” in a video using QT? I have some instructional guitar videos and would be nice to be able to jump to specific spots.

    3 years ago

    nick: Not really, because a bookmark like that would depend on the playback app to understand and provide an interface for such bookmarks. So if QuickTime Player did it, then you would need QuickTime Player to use them. If they had something else, or Windows, or a tablet, etc, then they wouldn’t even see them. If you upload to YouTube, they have a ton of features like this, though, so look into that if you are using YouTube.

    Joyce
    3 years ago

    Great tool. Now I need to know how to change .mov to a format that FB message will use, like .wmv I guess.

    3 years ago

    Joyce: Facebook will absolutely accept .mov files. Most of those uploaded are probably .mov. Of course .mov files can contain video formats that use all sorts of different compression types. But the major ones like h264 are supported. All of the MacMost videos I upload to Facebook are h264 .mov files.

    Dominique
    3 years ago

    Cool. I didn’t realize any editing was possible in QT 10. I’ve always used QT 7. Did QT 10 have this capability when it first came out? I remember being disappointed that it lacked even basic editing capability. Was it there all along, or were editing features added as QT evolved. I have QT 10.4. Is that the current version? Many thanks for all your great videos and community support.

    Dominique
    3 years ago

    On second thought, maybe it was just the perceived ease of use and greater editing capabilities of QT 7, and the ability to simply save an edited file as opposed to the tedious and rather pointless extra step of having export to a new file after editing in QT 10 that drove me to QT 7. So maybe the first release of QT 10 had some editing after all?

    3 years ago

    Dominique: Each version of OS X has added more to QuickTime Player. There wasn’t much editing in the first version way back when.

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