4 Replies Latest reply: Feb 23, 2012 12:56 PM by Terence Devlin
wayne mitzner Level 2 (400 points)

Hi, i can use the edit in iphoto to save a piece of a movie clip, but suppose i want to delete the middle of a clip.  I can't seem to find a simple way to doe this.  Do i have to cut the beginning and the end of the movie separately, save each and then combine them in Quicktime?  this seems very cumbersome.


I'm running Lion on a new iMac.



iMac, Mac OS X (10.7)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,920 points)

    Use a movie editor - like iMovie - for editing movies.






  • wayne mitzner Level 2 (400 points)

    sure i can do that, and even easier would be to just use Quicktime.  But i was just looking for a simple way to do this in iPhoto.  Seems strange that the movie editer is set up to just allow only one kind of cutting. 

  • David Neale1 Level 1 (70 points)

    I have to agree with Wayne. The apparent ability of iPhoto to edit movies (Edit in iPhoto and Edit in External Editor shown in dropdown menu) and the disappointing message received when trying either option, "The selected items can’t be edited in iPhoto. To shorten a video, double-click it and choose Trim from the Action (gear) menu," seem to contradict each other. And why on earth should that message be displayed when one chooses "Edit in External Editor"? That must certainly be an interface error.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,920 points)

    Won't argue with that and suggest


    iPhoto menu -> Provide iPhoto Feedback


    to tell the developers your thoughts.


    The confusion is because iPhoto isn't doing any of the video work. What's happening is that a  QuickTime window is opening inside iPhoto - but that's no model of clarity either.