Import an iMovie project from an iOS device

You can import a project created with iMovie on your iOS device—iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch—into iMovie on your Mac. Using iMovie on your computer, you can then edit the project just as you would any other project.

To import a project created using iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch:

  1. Connect your device to your computer.

  2. On your device, in the iMovie Projects screen, scroll to center the thumbnail for the project you want to import into iMovie on your computer.

  3. Tap the Share button , and then tap “Send Project to iTunes.”

  4. Open iTunes on your Mac, and select the device on the left side of the iTunes window, below Devices.

  5. Tap Apps at the top of the iTunes window, and then tap iMovie in the Apps pane on the left, below File Sharing.

    The shared project appears on the right in the iMovie Documents pane.

  6. To copy the project from your device, drag it from the pane to your computer—onto your desktop, into your Movies folder, or another convenient location.

  7. Open iMovie on your Mac, and choose File > Import > iMovie for iOS Project.

  8. In the window that appears, locate the iOS project on your computer, and then select it.

  9. In the window that appears, select to create a new Event with the project or add the video to an existing Event.

    If you create a new Event, the project is added to your Project Library and a new Event is added to your Event Library. Both have the same name as your iOS project.

    If you add the video to an existing Event, the project is added to your Project Library and the video is added to the Event you specify. The Event retains its original name.

    To facilitate further editing, the imported Event video includes the entirety of the video clips used in your iOS project, not just the specific portions you used. For example, if a video clip included 25 frames but you used just 12 of those frames in your iOS project, all 25 frames of the original clip are imported.

  10. Click Import.

    The iOS project retains all audio and video edits and can now be further edited like any other iMovie project. If the iOS project had a theme, the theme titles and transitions are retained, and you can add new ones based on this original theme.

    If you want to change the project’s theme, only the themes in iMovie for Mac are available. If you change to one of these themes, you can’t change back to the original iOS theme, or any other iOS theme.

    If your project contained photos, these images are retained in your project but aren’t available from the iMovie Photo browser.