1 Reply Latest reply: Oct 8, 2012 1:01 PM by AppleMan1958
happysheep Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hello, I'm pretty new to iMovie '11, but I can't figure out what at first I thought was a very simple problem...


The video I'm trying to edit in iMovie came from a Quicktime full screen "Screen Recording" I made on my Macbook Pro. When I play back this recording in Quicktime it looks perfect, meaning I can see the entire image with no cropping (neither left/right nor top/bottom).


But when I import this same Quicktime movie into iMovie and view it iMovie automatically crops off either the top/bottom edges OR the side edges (depending on whether I have "Project Properties" set to Standard or Widescreen). To be clear, "Standard" crops a bit off the left/right, and "Widescreen" crops a bit off the top/bottom.


I don't mean to be fussy, but is there a way to make my whole Quicktime fullscreen "Screen Recording" movie appear in iMovie with no cropping? Maybe by shrinking the whole image slightly?




macbook pro, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
  • 1. Re: Aspect ratio/cropping confusion?
    AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,340 points)

    iMovie will make the movie in 4:3 aspect ratio or 16:9 aspect ratio, so it is optimized for television.


    If your footage is not recorded at this aspect ratio you have two choices. After dragging a clip to your project, you can use the Rotate, Crop, Ken Burns tool on the middle toolbar, and choose FIT which will letterbox, or choose Crop which will fill the screen but cut off the top and bottom to make it fit.