20 responses

  1. Wharf Xanadu
    August 21, 2016

    Ok but how about doing this with iMovie on iPhone? I can’t find out how to drop a movie. Only trim it. Crop. Autocorrect

    • Fjar
      August 21, 2016

      On iMovie for iPhone you have to use the zoom feature to ‘crop’ the video. The two versions of iMovie are totally inconsistent, they might as well be called different things for iPhone and for Mac. Both have an absolutely bizarre difficult to use interface too, never found them intuitive. Final Cut is better for the Mac, makes more sense too. I don’t know of a good video editor for iPhone. I use iMovie, because there is no alternative.

  2. Boatswain
    August 21, 2016

    Decent, but not perfect alternatives to iMovie in iOS:

    Adobe Clip
    Adobe Spark Video

  3. John
    August 21, 2016

    This is fine, but IMovie disappeared with ElCapitan. WTF

    • Ton
      August 22, 2016

      You can re-download iMovie through the Mac App Store. Look for it and choose the download option, it was free with most new Mac models.

  4. Ian
    August 22, 2016

    John – “This is fine, but IMovie disappeared with ElCapitan. WTF”

    No it didn’t. Version 10.1.2 is latest version that shipped with El Capitan (10.11.6)

    • John
      August 22, 2016

      I did have it with 10.7 and it disappeared when I updated to 10.8
      Will try to download again.

  5. Hamza Sheikh
    August 22, 2016

    My vote goes for Final Cut. iMovie is such a trouble to use. It takes too much time to get things done. However, it is a cool tip for other users.

    • Ikomrad
      August 27, 2016

      If you give me a copy of Final Cut for free, I’ll agree with you.

  6. cashxx
    August 22, 2016

    I hate the trim features in QT X. QT 7 made more sense and worked better all around and let you make quick edits to video alot faster and easier.

    • JP Hartley
      August 2, 2017

      Indeed. This is why I still keep a copy of QT7 Pro as well as all recent updates.

  7. Fran
    August 24, 2016

    Hi there,

    I was wondering why my iMovie 10.1.2 doesn’t have that crop tool, the one that allows you to crop square. I can only crop 16:9 or 4:3. I checked on apple website and even there they say you cannot crop as you like.
    What am I missing?

  8. LCA
    November 30, 2016

    Followed this exactly, but iMovie left me with black bars on either side of a square crop (as opposed to the standalone square your workflow shows). Can you advise? Thanks!

  9. marta
    January 20, 2017

    Same for me, Fran & LCA! I dropped a couple of square images to get a simple clip, and the result is a rectangular video which I CAN’T crop to any proportions apart from standard 16:9 and 4:3 size…

    Any idea why I can’t crop the resulting video into a square one as the original images were? maybe there is a ‘keep proportions’ option that can be desactivated somewhere I can’t find…?

    Thanks in advance!

  10. Nick
    March 8, 2017

    Just realised this can only be done on individual clips. You have to select the clip in the “My Media” tab, then crop it, then export it. Seems you cant actually make a full movie in a custom ratio/size.

  11. Meghan
    May 29, 2017

    I NEED to be able to crop to the 4:3 standard, as I am dealing with old films from the 60s/70s. I was able to manage this with iMovie, but then I updated to Sierra and I can’t do it anymore. Ridiculous. I even tried what Nick said and that doesn’t work, I still get the black bars on both sides of the video.

    • pinto
      May 30, 2017

      You can crop the video down to your desired ratio, 4:3 ratio is fine or others, but if you’re viewing the video on a widescreen display in full screen then it will show the black bars.

  12. Kenogi
    November 5, 2017


    You can’t crop the video in the “workspace”, only the imported videos. Am using Ver 10.0.9. :)

  13. aeromidd
    November 9, 2017

    Ugh, I’ve been looking for a solution forever, I was convinced that it didn’t work in my iMovie version.

    Kenogi is right, it ONLY works if you select the video file in the imported media section – you can’t crop it to a different aspect ratio when it’s in the timeline editor section. Why Apple designed it this dumb way, I have no idea.

    So that’s solved… but you still have to guess at what aspect ratio you’re getting: dragging the sides of the clip together appears to be a completely arbitrary process. How do I know if it’s exactly square, or exactly 4:3 or 16:9? You have to make a blind estimate. It’s ridiculous.

  14. Asia Rodo
    January 19, 2018

    THANK YOU! I took me ages to find it…

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