Learn to export your videos in iMovie step by step

What export options does iMovie have?

As we have mentioned before, iMovie is the free editing program that Apple makes available to all users who buy a device from the company. You just have to go to the App Store, look for it Y download it. In fact, we can classify it as Final Cut Pro’s little brother, which is Apple’s video editing program for professionals. For this reason, being a program designed for all those users who are starting with video editing, obviously it does not have all the export options that its older brother, Final Cut Pro has. In spite of this, iMovie is one of the best tools you can use to learn how to edit videos given the versatility and how easy it is to carry out all the editing workflows.

iMovie logo

Of course, although iMovie has fewer options when it comes to exporting a video, there are still different alternatives that the user can choose so that, once you have finished editing, you can export your audiovisual creation, and above all, you have the opportunity to teach everyone what you have been capable of doing. To do this, below we will talk about the different ways that you have at your fingertips when it comes to exporting video in iMovie.


The first option that Apple provides to export your video is via email, that is, it allows you directly send the video file to anyone via the Mail app. In this way, if you were planning to share your video with someone via email, with iMovie you can save a step and send it directly to them.

Share as email

Of course, you obviously have several parameters that you have to adjust depending on your interests when exporting it. The first one is the description, that is, write a few lines that are able to tell what the video you just edited is about. You also have the possibility to enter different labels, and most important of all, choose the resolution with which you want to export your video, in this case, you have the following available.

  • 428 x 241.
  • 854 x 480.
  • 960 x 540.
  • 1280 x 720.
  • 1920 x 1080.

YouTube and Facebook

We go with the second option, that how you have been able to read in the title is to export the video to share it through YouTube and / or Facebook. Surely when reading this you have thought that with this option what you can do is save yourself the step of having to upload the video manually to these social networks, but no, really what iMovie does with this export option is export the video in the format you think is most suitable to later share it. However, the entire process of uploading the video to both YouTube and Facebook will have to be carried out manually.

Share on YouTube and Facebook

In this case, if you choose this option, you have to take into account that the format with which your video will be generated will be .mov, which is the format that Apple considers most optimal when uploading it to YouTube or Facebook. In the same way that happened when exporting the video through the Email option, in this case you also have several options available. The first one is the description of the video, the second is the labels, and the third and last is the Format of the video, that the larger it is, the greater the weight of the file will also be. The options are as follows.

  • 640 x 360.
  • 720 x 405.
  • 960 x 540.
  • 1080 x 608.
  • 1280 x 720.
  • 1920 x 1080.

Current frame

Another option that you may find when you want to export your video in iMovie is Current Frame. This option really it will not give you the possibility to export your video, however, if you can export an image in, jpg format of the video frame that you have just selected on the timeline.

On many occasions, users have the need to remove from the video that they have recorded a specific image of a certain clip, well, this is just the way that iMovie has chosen to be able to satisfy that need that often arises and that, really in some editing programs it is not clearly present.

Share Current Frame

Export file

We finally got to the most used option Of all, which is the one that will allow you to be able to export your video file in .mp4 format, which is precisely the one that allows you to configure with greater accuracy the file that will be generated later thanks to the different options that it puts on the table to user.

Share Export video

First of all what you have to do is fill in the description of the video and labels of the same. After this, you can choose the FormatIn this case you have two options, export your video as video and audio, or just as audio. Depending on the one you choose, you will have different options. If you choose to export your video as video and audio, you will also have to choose between the different resolutions available, which are the following.

  • 540p 60.
  • 720p 60.
  • 1080p 60.

On the other hand, if you choose the audio only option, later you will only have to choose the format of the file that you are going to generate. In this case the options are as follows.

We return to the option to export the file in video and audio format, and in addition to choosing the resolution with which you want it to be exported, you also have to select video quality, and how you want the compression to be carried out, faster or of higher quality. In terms of video quality, the options you can choose from are the following.

  • Short.
  • Median.
  • high.
  • Optimal (ProRes).
  • Custom.

These are the formats in which you can export your video

As you have seen previously, there is not a great variety when it comes to choosing the format with which you are going to export your video through this application. Obviously this is because iMovie is designed for users who do not really need to have a wide range of possibilities when exporting a video. However, below we are going to explain what are the different options that you can use to export your video through iMovie.

With iMovie you will only be able to export your video in two different formats, but that for the vast majority of users is more than enough since they are two universal formats such as .mov and .mp4. They are really the most used by the vast majority of users who want to make a video for their social networks or even for a business or company.


This format really was carried out by the Cupertino company itself in order for them to be used later by other Apple programs, such as in this case, iMovie or for example, Final Cut Pro. It has also become a very popular format for video editing since it offers the possibility of being able to easily separate tracks, which allows a much simpler and more efficient editing process for all creators.


Without at doubt it is one of the most popular formats worldwide, so much so that it is the most used even by Apple itself and other mobile phone companies. It can also be found under the name.MPEG-4. The main advantage it provides is that you can store both the video part and the audio part, as well as still images and subtitles, that is, it stores a lot of information synchronized with each other.

Steps to follow to export video in iMovie

As we have told you at the beginning of this post, iMovie is an application that is not only available for Macs, but is completely accessible from both the iPhone and the iPad. Therefore, below we want to tell you what are the steps you have to follow to export a video with iMovie on these three different devices.

That’s how easy it is to do it on the Mac

Apple always makes everything very easy for the user, and obviously, in a software that is designed for beginners, even more so, is that exporting a video with iMovie is really easy and intuitive, in fact you will be able to check it for yourself if you follow the steps that we leave you next.

  1. Ends to edit your video.
  2. Click the button to share at the top right of the screen.IMovie share button
  3. Select one of the four options available to export your video.
  4. Fill in the fields depending on your needs.
  5. Click on «Next«.Click Next
  6. Choose the location where you want the file to be saved.
  7. Click on Keep.

Click Save

Do it on the iPhone or iPad

If you found it easy to export a video in iMovie for Mac, you will see below that doing the same process on the iPhone or iPad is even faster and more intuitive. With just a few small steps you will have your video ready on the reel of your iPhone or iPad to be able to share it. The steps we are talking about are the following.

  1. Ends to edit your video.
  2. Click on «Done«, Located in the upper left part of the screen.Click on Done
  3. Click on the button to share.Tap on Share
  4. Choose the option that best suits your needs.

Share the video

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