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How to Import Videos from iPhone to iMovie?

With the iPhone's built-in camera, you can capture high-quality videos and photos. What when you want to browse your video clips more easily, edit videos to achieve the results you want, share your favorite moments, or plan to upload your HD videos to Facebook? At this time, iMovie can help you with all of this work. While the iMovie app can be used directly on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, you no longer need to transfer videos from iPhone to iTunes and then import to iMovie. But people prefer to use iMovie to edit videos on a Mac because it's easier to work with.

So how do I import videos from iPhone Xs/Xs Max/8/8 Plus/7/6S into iMovie? Please follow the simple steps listed below.

Part 1. How to Import Videos from iPhone to iMovie
Part 2. How to Transfer Videos from iPhone to Mac

Part 1. How to Import Videos from iPhone to iMovie

Take the following steps to import videos from iPhone to iMovie on Mac. You should note that this only applies to videos in the Photos app:

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your Mac using the white USB cable provided by Apple. Launch iMovie on this Mac, you can launch it by double-clicking the iMovie icon in the Application folder or by clicking the iMovie icon in the Dock. After iMovie is successfully launched, its import window will open automatically. If it does not open automatically, you can open the import window by manually clicking the camera button at the left end of the toolbar.

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Note: Before launching iMovie, please check if there are any programs running on your Mac, such as video capture or iPhoto, if any, please exit them first.

Step 2: In the "import window", you will find that iMovie offers two options for transferring video from iPhone to iMovie, namely automatic and manual. If you need to import specific videos, it is recommended that you select Manual Settings and select the "import checked" option. If you need to import all the videos at once, it's best to select "Automatic" and then click on the "Import All" button.

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Step 3: After completing the above steps, a dialog will pop up asking where you want to save the imported videos, the length of the video to import, and the available storage space on your Mac. You can choose to save the videos directly to their default location, but you can also create a new location to save them. You can also select a stable video by checking the optional box and then selecting the final size by checking the box. Then click on "Import" as shown in the screenshot above.

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The time it takes to import videos from iPhone to iMovie depends on the number and size of videos you want to import. After the import is complete, click on "Done" in iMovie's import window, then you can watch all the movies you imported in the lower section.

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Part 2. How to Transfer Videos from iPhone to Mac

Cases that you want to transfer videos from iPhone to Mac, no matter for saving or further using, it is strongly recommended to rely on a professional third-party iPhone videos transfer program - Coolmuster iOS Assistant (Windows/Mac). It allows you to import any video from iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to PC or Mac computer without any data quality loss. During the process of transferring videos to computer, there will be no data erased.

What Can the iPhone Videos Transfer Do for You?

Apart from importing videos from iPhone to computer, Coolmuster iOS Assistant can also allow you to selectively transfer other types of iPhone files to computer, including contacts, text messages, call history, notes, Safari bookmarks, calendars, photos and etc. Before syncing iPhone data to computer, you can preview the data in details in order to confirm which is the one that you want to transfer indeed. What's more, you can also edit/add/import/export/delete iPhone data directly on computer, such as contacts, bookmarks and many more.

And this program is fully compatible with almost of iOS devices, including iPhone Xs Max/Xs/X R/X/8 Plus/8/7 Plus/7/6s Plus/6s/6 Plus/6/5S/SE, iPad Pro, the new iPad, iPad Air, iPad 2, iPad mini, iPod touch/Shuffle/Nano/Classic and etc. So you don't need to worry about the compatibility of the iOS Assistant. And also this program can ensure you it is 100% green, virus-free, ad-free without storing your personal information on the server, like many others say, you can rely on it to manage your iDevice.

Now, please download the iOS Assistant on your computer and follow the guide (based on Mac platform) below to export videos from iPhone to Mac easily. The instructions are the same if you are running a Windows computer

[User Guide] Steps to Transfer Videos from iPhone to Mac:

Step 1. Connect iPhone to Mac

Make sure you have already connected your iPhone to computer with USB cable. Launch the installed software and it will automatically detect your iPhone.

Note: Please ensure that you have installed the latest iTunes on your Mac, or the software might fail to detect the connected device.

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Step 2. Select Videos to Transfer from iPhone to computer

When the the software has detected your iPhone successfully, the software will display all iPhone files, including the contacts, calendars, bookmarks and etc,. Find the "Videos" category, preview all the video files in your iPhone, then you might select the ones that you want to transfer by ticking them out.

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Step 3. Start to Transfer Videos from iPhone to Mac

After selection, you might hit the "Export" button from the top menu to copy the selected videos from your iPhone to Mac immediately.

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