How to Export 1080p and 60FPS Videos in iMovie

Having trouble getting iMovie to export movies in 1080p at 60FPS? Check out the tutorial below.

(video source: Danixer)

For this to work, make sure you’ve updated to the latest version of iMovie.

BONUS TIP:

We highly encourage you to download the “How to Use iMovie- Tutorial Guide” 4-Step Checklist.
It will help you speed up the editing process for every one of your videos.

Got your 4-step checklist?

Great. Now, let’s move on…


Start a new movie project in iMovie and select  “No theme”.
Let’s name it 60FPS.

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Next, click “Import media”.  Make sure you don’t drag it from “Find it” because this won’t work. 

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Once you press “Import media” find your file that was recorded at 60 frames per second:

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It’ll appear in the timeline. Simply double click on it and drag it down here:

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As you guys can see I recorded this at 60FPS.




To make sure it saves at 60FPS, click on settings: 

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And select 1080p 60FPS. 

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If you want to change more quality settings click on this button up top and select “file”:

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You’ve got a bunch of different quality  and compression settings here. 

Make sure to set the quality to “best”.

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And there you go!




 Any other cool features you’ve discovered in the new version of iMovie?
Let us know in the comments below!


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