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How to Save an iMovie Project on Mac

In addition to being a native program that comes with all Mac computers, iMovie is also an extremely simple to use and surprisingly powerful video editing program. The app can be used to create a variety of videos, including beautiful time-lapses, movie trailers, stop-motion clips, and slideshows of your favorite iPhone memories.

It will be covered in this article how to begin and then save a movie project in iMovie on Mac. It will also cover how to export your edited movies in a variety of different formats.

Learn how to save an iMovie project as a project file

Getting started is as simple as creating a new project by pressing the plus (+) button and selecting a template, or as complicated as starting a movie from scratch with the other option. Once you've completed your edits or simply want to save what you've already completed, you can simply navigate to File > Share > File from the menu bar. iMovie files will be saved in the location of your choice on your Mac as a result of this action.

Recent versions of iMovie save your progress in the project you're currently working on without you having to do anything. Generally, you'll be prompted to name your new project once you exit the current one, but you won't be prompted to do so unless you specifically request it.

The Share button at the top of the screen allows you to choose from a variety of different export options, including sending the project directly to Facebook or saving it as a new movie file. If the project you want to save is already complete, click on the Share button at the top of the screen and choose from a variety of different export options, including sending the project directly to Facebook or saving it as a new movie file. There are detailed instructions on how to complete this correctly further down on this page.

What you need to know about changing file locations and creating new save libraries

Select Open Library > New from the File menu on your computer's desktop. Give your new iMovie project library a name in the Save As section, and then use the drop-down menu to select the location in which you want to save the library. To make this permanent, click Save.

The second library should now appear in the left sidebar, where you can save different projects into different libraries, or you can use the Move to Library button on projects you've already created in iMovie to move them to a different library.

In iMovie, this method can be extremely useful for getting organized, or if you need to move all of your projects to a different location, such as a hard drive or a company cloud folder, this is the method to use.

How to Export an iMovie on a Mac

You'll need to go back to the Share button in the toolbar and then click on File when you've finished fine-tuning your edited movie to perfection and it's ready for its final export. Once you've entered this window, you'll be prompted to fill out a variety of different types of information, which you should do.

This information includes the following:

  • It is possible to change the title of a previously shared movie by clicking on the name at the top of the screen and typing a new title.
  • Description: This can be completed by selecting this field and entering a new description (within character limits).
  • The tags for the shared movie, which are completed by clicking on the tag names and typing them in, separated by commas.
  • The output format, which can be selected from the Format popup menu. You have the option of selecting either audio and video or just audio.
  •  The resolution has been simplified in comparison to previous versions of iMovie, and you now only need to select the resolution you want to work with. To manually adjust the output quality, however, select Custom from the Quality popup menu and drag the slider to the desired bit rate setting.
  • The compression setting.

To complete the process, simply click the next button, type a name into the save field, and then select your destination from the drop-down menu. Progress of your export will be displayed on the right-hand side of the toolbar. Click on it to see how far your export has progressed and how much more time you have left.

It's as simple as that!

In Conclusion

IMovie, because it is a native Mac program, is an excellent free solution for all of your video editing needs. It's versatile, simple to use, and produces a finished product that's exceptionally polished. Hopefully, this guide has helped you figure out how to save an iMovie project on your Mac, export it, and share your new movie with the rest of the world. Good luck!

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