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Can't export to 1080p video in iMovie

10887 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Oct 21, 2013 4:10 AM by billy8998 RSS
zBernie2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Feb 8, 2013 5:54 AM

I've imported a video taken with my iPhone 4s into iMovie 11.  I confirmed the video is actually 1080p.  In iMovie I then select Share -> Export Movie, the only size available is "Large 720 x 540" or smaller.  Since this was 1080p video to begin with, shouldn't I be able to export it as 1080p?


So, I searched and found a youtube video describing how to export 1080p video using QuickTime.  I followed the video step by step, but when I got the the part to select H.264 format, that format was unavailable.


What do I have to do to export 1080p video?


I don't recall this being a problem in the past.

MacBook Pro
  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
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    Feb 8, 2013 8:55 PM (in response to zBernie2)

    When you imported it, did you get the option to use FULL or LARGE? If so, which did you pick?

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
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    Feb 8, 2013 9:12 PM (in response to zBernie2)

    I am baffled.


    The only thing I can think of is to check the Media Browser to see if there is already a 1920x1080 copy of the movie in there. If there were, it might not give you the option to make one since you already have one. Even so, this should not be the case for EXPORT MOVIE.


    You can check the Media Browser by going to your Project in the FInder. Then right-click on it and select SHOW PACKAGE CONTENTS.  Within the Package, go to the Movies folder. See if there are any movies in there.

  • kenalker Calculating status...
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    Oct 19, 2013 7:10 PM (in response to zBernie2)

    I found that you can change the Aspect Ratio (as you suggest in your last post) of your project without creating a new one.  Instead, go to the the Project Library (if you are IN the project currently, you have to click on the left pointing arrow at the top left that says "Project Library" in it to get back to the Project Library).  Right-click on the project, select "Project Properties" and change the Aspect Ratio from Standard (4:3) to Widescreen (16:9).  Note that this will delete any movie files that were rendered via "Finalize Project" (assuming you have done that) so you'll have to re-render (if you want to regenerate them at this time), which will take longer than when using Standard aspect ratio.

  • billy8998 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 21, 2013 4:10 AM (in response to AppleMan1958)



    Im curious about this point. I recently imported some video from a 5S, the option on my mac said, import as large or original, when i checked orginal I got a warning saying it may lose quality on playback so I checked large. I want to keep the quality from the 5S so I can export to itunes and watch on my HD tv with apple TV, by checking large does that decrease quality or is it the correct default?


    My macbook is non-retina so I am assuming the playback quality it refers to is on my mac. I have changed the default to original even with the playback warning - is this correct?


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