Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Deleting unneeded footage, part of iMovie for iOS Essential Training.
After importing or recording video into iMovie, chances are there'll be some clips that you just don't need. So there are two ways to get rid of unneeded clips, and which method you use depends on where the clip is saved. Clips that were recorded in iMovie can be deleted from iMovie. But videos that are stored in your camera roll have to be removed from the photos app. To get rid of clips that were recorded in iMovie, come up to the video browser and tap the menu at the top and choose Manage Local Media. That places two buttons of this clip. We saw previously that this gray button sends the clip to camera roll.
And as you may guess, the trash button deletes the clip. But notice when I tap delete in this case. I get a message telling me I can't delete that clip because it's in use by a project. This clip is in use down here in my timeline, so I have to remove the clip before I can delete it. So, I'll hold down on that clip, and drag it out of my timeline. And now I can tap delete. And then tap Delete Clip to confirm that I really want to get rid of it. And now it's gone. Now we didn't see the delete button on any of the other clips. Because the rest of these clips are in the camera roll. Now, even if you shot a video in iMovie but you exported it to the camera roll. You won't be able to delete it from here in iMovie.
Instead you'll have to go to your camera roll. In the photos app, here select the video you want to remove, and then tap the trash button. Now if you do delete a video from the camera roll, make sure you really do want to get rid of it, because once you delete it you won't be able to get it back. And in the camera roll you won't get any sort of warning if a clip is in use in an iMovie project. And when I go back to iMovie, you'll see that clip is no longer available. So remember, you can get rid of clips that exist only in iMovie from within iMovie otherwise, go to your camera roll and delete the movies from there.
- Shooting with the built-in cameras
- Importing footage from other sources
- Adding clips to a project
- Trimming, splitting, and rotating clips
- Adjusting transitions between clips
- Adding still photos and titles
- Adding sound effects or background music
- Fading audio clips
- Adjusting playback speed
- Backing up a movie with iTunes