iMovie Guide

1 Import
2 Tutorial
3 Export
4 Alternatives
5 Resource
6 Troubleshooting

Different Ways to Export iMovie Projects

When all the editing is done, your project is to be exported so it can exist as a movie. There’re different ways to export your video: finalize project, save in a digital format or upload online. Here are some of the common ways to export your project once the editing has come to an end.

Part 1: Finalize iMovie projects

To finalize iMovie project means that you let iMovie prepares the movies in all of the possible sizes for uploading to YouTube, MobileMe, some other video sharing sites, etc. Medium, large, and HD videos will all be rendered. Those rendered projects will not open in iMovie, but will open in your default media player. And if you finalize a project before you share the project, when you share the project, iMovie will not ask you to choose the video size because in the project of finalizing the project, iMovie has set the videos settings for you. You can follow the steps below to finalize your iMovie projects.

Step 1. Select a project

In the Project Library, select a completed project to finalize because after you finalize the project in iMovie, if you make any change to the movie, then the finalized versions will be discarded.

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Step 2.Finalize the project

Go to Files > Finalize Project in the main menu to start to finalize iMovie project. The process may take a while depending on the size or your project.

When the finalizing dialog disappears, it means the process of finalizing project has completed.

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Part 2: Export iMovie to different formats

Once you have finished editing your movie, you can export it to different formats. Just go to Share > Export using QuickTime… and select an option from the menu. But please notice that, iMovie only support a limited number of formats like MP4, 3GP, M4V, AVI, FLC, MOV and DV. So if you want to save your iMovie creation to other formats like WMV, FLV, MKV, VOB and more, you have to convert your iMovie to other formats with a 3rd party’s converter.

Here Video Converter Ultimate for Mac - an all-in-one iMovie converter is highly recommended. It converts iMovie videos to various formats like MP4, WMV, FLV, MKV and provides optimized presets for Final Cut Pro, iPhone, iPad, iPod and more.

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Step 1. Upload video files

Simply save your iMovie as .mov file. Then click File > Upload Media Files to upload them onto the Video Converter Ultimate. Alternatively, you can directly drag and drop your media files to this video converter.

Step 2.Convert iMovie video files

The Video Converter Ultimate supports a larger range of output file format. In order to convert and export your iMovie to other formats, select a format in the Video toolbar at the bottom of the screen and click Convert.

Step 3.Start converting or burning your iMovie files

When everything is ready, hit the "Convert" button, then you can convert iMovie to a suitable file format.

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Part 3: Export iMovie to websites like YouTube


You may also want to share your iMovie creation with more people. Uploading iMovie to online is a good choice. Below are the steps and some tips to export iMovie to websites like YouTube.

Step 1. Choose a movie to upload and open YouTube sharing window

Choose a completed movie that you want to upload to YouTube by clicking on it in the Project Library. Then go to the main menu and choose Share > YouTube to open the YouTube upload menu.

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Step 2.Fill in your YouTube account and other information

Click the Add button to add your YouTube account and fill in your YouTube account name and password. Then fill in the title, description, tags about your movie. You can choose a category for your movie in Category. These information will make your movie more easily found by others on YouTube. When you finish it, hit "Done" to save.

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Step 3.Select the publish size and share iMovie to YouTube

iMovie can upload your movie to YouTube in one of the four sizes, and you can select one as you like. After choosing the publish size, now click "Next" and when the YouTube terms of services open, hit "Publish" to begin to upload iMovie to YouTube to share with family and friends.

When your movie had been uploaded to YouTube, a window as below will open. If you want to tell a friend that you have uploaded one movie to YouTube, you can choose "Tell a Friend" to sent the YouTube link via E-mail. If you want to view your video on YouTube, select "View". And if you just want to return to iMovie, hit "OK".

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