How to reduce video size on iPhone and Mac

Capture Time Lapse Video iPhone

Video files can consume a lot of space on your Mac or iPhone. Movies, videos shot on your iPhone or other cameras, TV shows, etc, can eat up your storage space rapidly. If you're running out of space, then you can either delete some video files, or you can reduce the size of the file. The latter allows you to keep the files, and recover some space at the same time.

How to share a movie as an MP4 in iMovie on Mac

iMovie Share Project MP4

MP4 is a common file format for audio and video media. So if you want to share a movie or video clip with sound, you may need to convert it to this format. For instance, movies you create with QuickTime Player are formatted as MOV files by default.

With iMovie, you can save a project you create with the app in MP4 format and also import an MOV file and share it as MP4, here’s how.

How to slow down time-lapse videos on iPhone and iPad

Capture Time Lapse Video iPhone

If you enjoy using your iPhone for capturing video, you might also take advantage of the time-lapse feature. When you enable this setting for your video, what you capture is at a very low frame rate (one to two seconds per frame). So when you play it back, you can watch a 10-minute video in 20 seconds, for example.

However, you might not like the speed at which your video plays back. Maybe it’s just a wee bit too fast? While there’s not currently a setting to adjust this, there is a way to slow down time lapse videos on iPhone using iMovie, here’s how.

Common iMovie keyboard shortcuts and hotkeys everyone can use

Welcome to iMovie Mac

We’ve been sharing a lot of iMovie how-tos over the past few months. So now it’s time to help you with something you’re sure to find useful: iMovie keyboard shortcuts.

Taking action any app on your Mac can be much quicker and easier with a keyboard shortcut. And when it comes to iMovie, there are plenty of them. Many you’ll remember and many you won’t, but this helpful guide gives you the most common ones.

How to reduce background noise in iMovie

How to remove background noise in iMovie

If you captured a video that you’d like to use in another creation or simply edit in iMovie, you may have to make some adjustments. You might need to repair the color or fix a shaky video. Another type of enhancement you might want to make is to remove background noise.

If you shot your video outside on a windy day or around another distracting sound, background noise can hinder an otherwise terrific video. Here’s how you can reduce background noise in iMovie on Mac.

How to bleep out words in iMovie on Mac

Censored iMovie on Mac

If you use iMovie for editing video or creating movies, you likely have some audio to work on as well. And if you have an audio clip that needs some, well, censoring, what do you do? Learning how to bleep out words in iMovie can help.

You might have a video with someone cursing in the background or want to create a comedy that sounds like you do. While there isn’t a "bleep" feature in iMovie per se, you can still make it happen.

To help you keep creating your movie magic, here’s how to bleep out words in iMovie on your Mac.

How to fix shaky video and rolling shutter in iMovie on Mac

Fix shaky video or rolling shutter iMovie Mac

Even though your devices make shooting video pretty easy, there are times when you can still end up with shaky clips. In addition to that, you might experience something called rolling shutter which is image distortion due to movement.

In iMovie on Mac, there is a way to take care of both of these problems. Here’s how to use iMovie to stabilize shaky video and fix rolling shutter.

How to make trailers in iMovie on Mac and iOS

iMovie Trailer Movie Studio Mac

When you create a new project in iMovie, you have two options. You can make a movie or a trailer. While most times movies are the way to go because you’ll create magic from scratch, trailers have their advantages too.

With a trailer, you’ll start with a template and work with a storyboard, outline, and shot list. This structure gives you a cool way to create a professional-looking movie trailer.

If you’re new to the trailer feature, we’re here to help. Here’s how to create and edit trailers in iMovie.

How to use animated travel map backgrounds in iMovie

Animated map background iMovie Mac

One cool movie idea that you can create in iMovie is for your travels. You can include photos or videos from a vacation, honeymoon, or road trip adventure. And to go along with this nifty project, iMovie offers animated map backgrounds.

With these backgrounds, you can show the moving route for your trip on a map in your movie. This can add something a little extra to your already memorable trip and movie.

Here’s how to add and adjust the animated travel map backgrounds in iMovie on Mac.