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How Do I Edit a Video Clip With iMovie but Not Save It In iMovie?

HI, If I edit a movie clip that is not located in Photos, in iMovie, will the clip save back to the original(location) or does it have to be saved in iMovie and thus making another copy?
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Jeff

Comments: 6 Responses to “How Do I Edit a Video Clip With iMovie but Not Save It In iMovie?”

    6 months ago

    You can’t edit something in iMovie without copying it to the iMovie Library. So all you need to do is to bring it into iMovie, make your edit, export, and then delete the project and clip in iMovie when you are done. Maybe wait a day or two just in case you want to adjust something and export again.

    If you just need to trim a video file, use QuickTime Player instead.

    Jeff
    6 months ago

    Thank you! I just didn’t want to have duplicates all over the place. What if I wanted to export video that was imported
    to Photo’s in order to get rid of the actual file that was in Photo’s? Is that a copy arrangement or will it actually move the video out of Photo’s?

    6 months ago

    Jeff: If you trim the video in Photos you get two options when you click Done. One is to simply save the video. Editing in Photos is non-destructive, so the whole video is still there. But it is trimmed to the new start and end times and when you view it or export it you’ll just see that segment. But you can always revert to the original. The second option is to save a new copy. This will save out the new segment as a new video item in your library. You will then have your original as one item and the new trimmed version with just the segment you wanted as a second item. You can delete either one afterwards, of course.

    Jeff
    6 months ago

    If I could clarify, I just want to export a video out of Photo’s. When I do that will it just make a copy and
    keep the original in Photo’s or does it move to say the desktop. Nothing with editing it. Thanks for your time.

    6 months ago

    Jeff: When you export out of Photos, it doesn’t delete the copy in Photos. You then have an original (with the original content and edits too) and the new exported copy (edits applied, non-revertible) as a file.

    6 months ago

    Also note that when you export, typically you are re-compressing the video. So the exported copy is a small and lower-quality version. But if you use Export Unmodified Original in Photos, then you get the original file, exactly the same quality.

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