How to export or share iMovie projects on Mac and iOS

Share iMovie Project Mac

If you completed your movie magic in iMovie and want to share your creation, the app makes it easy. You have a few different options to export a movie directly or save it as a file to do with what you wish.

If you have a finished project that you’re ready to share, here’s how to export a movie in iMovie on Mac and iOS.

Sharing your movie on Mac

You can share or export your iMovie project from a couple of convenient spots.

  • On the main Projects screen, click the More button, put your cursor over Share Project, and pick your preferred option.
  • On your Project editing screen, click the Share button on the top right of the window, and select an option. Alternatively, you can click File > Share from the menu bar and pick your option there.
Share movie Mac

You’ll see several handy ways for sharing or exporting your movie project; Email, YouTube, Prepare for Facebook, Vimeo, Image, and File. Note: You’ll only see the Image option if you share from the project editing screen.

Depending on which one you pick, you’ll have some flexibility with how to prepare your movie. You can change the title, description, and tags by clicking in those fields and entering what you like. You also have the following options for each export type.

  • Email and Prepare for Facebook: Select the resolution.
  • YouTube: Select the resolution, category for your video, and privacy option.
  • Vimeo: Select the resolution and pick a visibility option.
  • File: Select the format, resolution, quality, and compression option.
Export movie File Mac

Once you make your selections, click Next and follow the subsequent prompts for that export type. This will include things like logging into YouTube or selecting a file location.

Sharing your movie on iOS

On iPhone and iPad, you have some extra options for sharing or exporting your movie project. Choose your project on the main screen and on the next screen, tap the Share button at the bottom.

You’ll see your device sharing options which will include AirDrop, YouTube, Messages, Mail, and others you have set as your defaults. You can also save your movie project as file and send or share it later.

Share iMovie iPad

If you pick a route like YouTube, you’ll have some options like on Mac that you can configure such as the resolution and privacy.

Share movie YouTube iPad

Just make your choice and follow the prompts to complete the process.

Wrapping it up

When your movie is ready for the world to see, you have many ways to export it or share it in iMovie on both Mac and iOS. Which sharing option are you going to use? Do you create videos that you post on YouTube or do you keep things private and email videos to friends or family?