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How To Import GoPro Clips to iMovie and Set up a Project in iMovie

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In this tutorial, I’m going cover how to get started with iMovie on your Mac, including how to import GoPro clips to iMovie and how to set up a project in iMovie. This is a tutorial for anyone brand new to iMovie Editing on your Mac. Be sure to watch the tutorial video as well, or follow the steps outlined in this post!

How To Import GoPro Clips to iMovie

Before I get into setting up your project in iMovie, I want to explain how I like to import clips from my GoPro to my hard drive so I can edit them in iMovie. I like to do this manually, by inserting the memory card into my computer and dragging the GoPro clips to a folder on my Mac.

How To Import GoPro Clips to iMovie and Set up a Project in iMovie

You should be dragging the .mp4 files only. I keep a Pictures folder on my hard drive, and inside that, I have a folder for the year, and within the year folder, I have a folder for every month. This is where I import GoPro clips, photos, any kind of video files. I don’t use iMovie’s importer.

I don’t use iMovie’s importer. How to import GoPro Clips to iMovie is going to depend on your own preference here, because there is more than one way to do it.

Once they are on my hard drive, then I open up iMovie and start a new project, where I import my clips to iMovie.

Set up a Project in iMovie

In the video tutorial, I started with a fresh new project and imported my clips there. To import, just hit the “import” arrow in the middle of the media section and find the clips you just imported to your hard drive.

How To Import GoPro Clips to iMovie and Set up a Project in iMovie

Once you have your clips in the media section of iMovie, all you have to do is drag each clip down to the timeline, where you can make all the basic edits!

How To Import GoPro Clips to iMovie and Set up a Project in iMovie


When you’re ready to share the video you’ve been editing in iMovie with friends and family on social media, you’ll have to export your video to an uploadable file first. Be sure to check my post on exporting videos in iMovie so you don’t get hung up on this very important step.

If you have any questions on getting started with iMovie, leave me a comment below and I’ll do my best to answer them!

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Thursday 7th of November 2019

Hi, thanks for the tips. What specification is your Apple Mac please, as mine seems very slow in comparison to the speed of yours!! Many thanks. Steve

helena soler

Wednesday 5th of December 2018

Do you recommend a convertor program to process Hero 7 (Black) video? I cannot open any of these files in any player I tried: iMovie is my ultimate goal to edit with, but VLC, QUIK, Quicktime,nothing works..Handbrake is awfully slow..An older Mac (2012, i7Core, HDGraphics4000 has been editing GoPro4 video without any problem. Any suggestions? New computer? Thanks.

Sandra Sallin - Apart From My Art

Monday 5th of November 2018

OMG! I found you. I just spent the day creating a video to promote my blog post on Facebook and Instagram. I told my husband to shoot it in Portrait mode because I thought I could share it on Instagram also. I uploaded it to Facebook using the uploader in iMovie to Facebook. i just read that was a big mistake. Here I am with a portrait mode video in a facebook landscape mode. What a mess. Now I know why it's out of sync and you can barely see it. Yes I will take your course and I can't figure out how to subscribe to your blog.


Thursday 7th of June 2018

Hi, is it also possible to edit a movie in go pro studio when it was before set up in imovie? thanks

Meredith Marsh

Sunday 10th of June 2018

No, that's not possible unfortunately.

Finn Christensen

Thursday 19th of April 2018

Hi Thanks for your tutorial. Is it possible to make gauges overlay from the gopro recording in iMovie AS Well Best wishes Finn

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