How to Crop and Rotate Photos and Videos in iMovie (iMovie 11)
Many times you shoot videos or take photos not the upright position, and when you are editing those photos and videos in iMovie, you want to rotate photos and movies in iMovie. And there are also many times when you want just a certain part of a photo or video either to focus on a certain part or to remove the imperfect part, and you need to crop photos and videos in iMovie.
Fortunately, iMovie gives you lots of functions to edit your photos and videos so as to make them look better. You can rotate and crop photos and videos as you like. Just follow the steps to simply crop and rotate photos and videos in iMovie.
- Part 1: How to Crop and Rotate Photos and Videos in iMovie
- Part 2: How to Crop and Rotate Photos and Videos using iMovie Alternative
Open your iMovie project first and open the cropping and rotating tools. Hit the Crop button on the iMovie toolbar to open the Cropping Tools in the viewer.
Tips: When you import videos to iMovie to begin a new project, if your videos are not supported by iMovie, you should get a Video Converter for Mac to convert the videos first. And if you want to edit your favorite DVD movies in iMovie, you need a Mac Video Converter Ultimate.
Crop photos and videos
In the cropping tools viewer, simply drag to resize and reposition the green area to focus on a certain part.
To resize the photos and videos, move the pointer to a corner of it until the pointer turns into a plus sign, and then drag to make it bigger or smaller so as to change the size.
Tips: You can hit Allow Black to maintain a black border around your still photo. This function applied only to still photos.
Rotate photos and videos in iMovie
Hit the Rotate button to rotate your videos and photos to the left or right. Each click turns your image 90 degrees.
Click the Play button in the viewer to preview the photo and video. When you're satisfied with the photo and video cropping or rotating effect, simply click Done to finish rotating photos and videos or cropping photos and videos in iMovie.
To help you crop or rotate photos and videos in an easier way, I recommend another powerful video editing tool –Wondershare Video Editor for Mac. Now let's see how to use it.
Crop videos and photos
Directly drag-n-drop your videos or photos to the Timeline. Then click the “Crop” button on the tool bar. In the pop up window, choose "16:9" or "4:3" option to crop automatically, or choose “Manually” and customize the size window to crop manually.
Rotate videos and photos
Click the “rotate" button on the toolbar to rotate the videos as you like. Rotating 90 degrees clockwise or anti-clockwise, flipping horizontally and vertically are all available.
Save your files
After cropping or rotating your videos or photos, click “Export” to save the file to new format or upload to YouTube and even burn to DVD.