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macrumors member
Original poster
Mar 2, 2013
I have a video shot with my camera, i'd like to cut out a little piece at the beginning and a little piece at the end.
I played around with the yellow cursors and fragments in Imovie but I didnt understand if I should either take out the central part (the one I am interested to) and save it with a different name, or cut out the two small pieces I am not interested and save the original file with the same name...
basically I have no clue on how to do...Everytime I tried it seems Imove was creating and processing something new, too much time required, while I am fine if it just cuts out the 2 portions I dont want.
thanks in advance


macrumors 68040
Feb 10, 2008
You can use Quicktime to trim a clip. It will ask you if you want to save or make a copy.

In iMovie, what I do is create a project, drag and drop the video, drag the playhead where I want to trim, "command B" to split the clip, select the part you want to delete and hit delete. Same thing on the other end of the clip. Then share the project to whatever format you want (different file name). It may take awhile to finish saving.

There are probably a dozen other ways.

You could also look for trim in iMovie help.
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macrumors 6502a
Sep 4, 2009
Locar, It would be nice to know what version of iMovie you are using. Your yellow cutting mention reminds me of version 5/6 in iMovie.
Yous put your video on the timeline and then cut what you want and it gives you a space to put some title??????
Also it might pay you to say how far advanced you are with iMovie. But i think the last post should help you.:)


macrumors member
Original poster
Mar 2, 2013
thanks a lot
imovie version is 9.0.8
and i had never opened it before!


macrumors 603
Jul 8, 2011
I would go with ColdCase suggestion of using Quicktime to trim the clip. That way you will not have to render the video again to save it. Quicktime is great for simple trimming clips like you want to do.

iMovie will want to render the video when saving, that is why you would have such a delay after clipping the video. iMovie can most certainly do what you want and save in different formats for you, but will take more time for what you want to do.
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