How to Crop and Rotate an iMovie Video Clip in iLife '11

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You can crop a photo — cut away the outer edges of the image to bring the center of it to the forefront. You can do the same with video: Use iMovie in iLife to crop the image in a clip to get rid of something you don’t want at the edges or to focus on the subject in the center of the picture. Note, however, that if you’re working with standard or lower-resolution video, cropping may make the image in the video appear grainy.

You may want to rotate a clip’s image, especially if you shot the video by holding your camera sideways or if you shot the clip with an iPhone in portrait rather than landscape orientation. You can rotate and crop the clip’s image at the same time. Follow these steps:

  1. Select the clip in the Event Browser, and click the Cropping tool on the toolbar, as shown in this figure, to show the cropping view inside the Viewer pane.

    Open the cropping view to crop or rotate the image in a clip, or both.
    Open the cropping view to crop or rotate the image in a clip, or both.
  2. To rotate the image in the video clip, click the curling right-arrow or left-arrow button at the top of the cropping view in the Viewer pane.

    The image rotates 90 degrees. Every time you click the left or right Rotate button, the image in the clip rotates 90 degrees.

  3. To crop the image, click the Crop button at the top of the Viewer pane.

    After you click Crop, the cropping rectangle appears superimposed over the image in the Viewer pane.

    Adjust the cropping rectangle to crop the image in the clip.
    Adjust the cropping rectangle to crop the image in the clip.
  4. Drag any corner or edge of the cropping rectangle to crop the image, or drag from the center to move the cropping rectangle.

    As you drag, the portions of the image outside the selected area dim to show that it will be cut. You can also drag from the center of the cropping rectangle to drag the rectangle itself around the image.

  5. When you’re finished adjusting the cropping rectangle, click Done.

To remove the cropping and restore the clip’s image to fit in the frame, click the Fit button at the top of the cropping view.

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