[Mac & iPhone & iPad] How to Combine Videos on iMovie

Oliva Eve
2021-09-18 16:37:59 • Filed to: Basic Editing Tips

"I have two video clips that I wish to join together. Is there a quick way how to combine videos on iMovie?"

Among the many benefits you gain from your smartphone, is video capturing. Better still, you can edit your videos by cropping or adding other basic corrections. Nonetheless, you can combine your videos to make a movie. Well! That’s what this article is all about.  Check out how to combine 2 videos in iMovie.

Part 1. How to Combine Videos on iMovie [Mac]

iMovie is a non-linear video editing app. It means that you can capture your videos via your smartphone then import them to the program for editing. It lets you cut, rearrange, shorten, blend, or put multiple videos onto the screen.

A step-by-step guide to combine videos on iMovie (Mac)

You have to install iMovie app on your macOS device then proceed with these steps:

Step 1. Launch iMovie

Open iMovie and then click on the “Create New” button to begin a new project.

iMovie create new

Step 2. Select and import videos

Next, import the video clips you want to combine into the event browser. You can import more clips. Just go to the “Menu” bar, click on the “File” menu, and hit the “Import Media” option. 

imovie combine videos import

Step 3. Drag and drop your videos

Drag your video clips into the timeline. Once in the timeline, they are ready to be merged into a single movie.

drag and drop video

Step 4. Combine videos

To combine your videos, hold down the “Shift” button and click on the two or more clips that you wish to join. Then click the “Modify” option, and finally hit the “Join Clips” option to combine your videos into one movie.

join clips

Merge audio and video on iMovie

Launch the iMovie app on your computer then follow these steps:

Step 1. Add audio

First, bring in the audio clip. Just drag and drop the clip into the timeline.

Step 2. Turn on the audio waveform

You can make several adjustments to the audio. Click the button in the bottom right to see how the audio waveform moves.

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Step 3. Manual clip alignment

Before you start recording your video, do a manual clip alignment. Clap 2 or 3 times to make it easy to find the audio peaks. This will help you to correctly match your audio to the video content.

Step 4. Align audio and video

Next, bring the audio clip and align it up with the video clip’s audio spikes. Follow the audio waveform to guide you when it starts to move.

bring audio and wave together

iMovie combine two videos side by side

iMovie lets you merge two-screen recordings into one movie. With this option, each video will take only half of the screen but will only use one of the videos. The result will be two videos joined into one on a split-screen.

Step 1.  Turn on the “Advanced” tools.

Turn on the “Advanced” tools feature.

Step 2. Add videos

Add your two clips to the timeline by dragging them into the project. Ensure one video is above another in the timeline.

Step 3. Select the split screen option

For two videos to combine side by side, you have to click the “Overlay Settings” icon. Then select the “Split Screen” option.

Step 4. Videos cropped into side by side

The two videos will automatically be cropped. You can see that in the “Viewer” window.  You can also adjust the duration of your videos.

combine videos side by side

How to blend two clips in iMovie

You can sometimes get creative with iMovie and try out new adventures. Follow these steps to blend two clips.

Step 1. Launch iMovie

Download, install and launch iMovie on your computer. Then click on the ‘File’ option > ‘New Project’ to launch a new project.

imovie combine 2 videos

Step 2. Import video clips

Then import the two video clips. Click the ‘Import’ option > ‘File’ menu. Check the displayed pop-up window and select the two video clips that you wish to blend. They’ll be visible in the ‘Event’ window.

imovie combine two videos side by side

Step 3. Blend video clips

Once your two videos are loaded up, drag them to the timeline. iMovie has a feature that you can use to re-arrange your video clip sequence. When you preview your project, you should see that they are played as a whole video without any gap. This means your two videos have blended.

Step 4. Export and share the video

You can now export and share your blended video. Go to the ‘File’ > ‘Share’ option to set the export format. Next, save and feel free to share your video.

imovie export the combined videos

Put multiple videos to one screen iMovie

For this, you can use the Picture-In-Picture feature in iMovie or you can add the videos one after the other.

Step 1. Launch iMovie

Start the iMovie app on your computer then open a new project. Just click the ‘File’ option, choose ‘New   Project’ then enter the name of your project.

Step 2. Import your videos

It’s now time to import your videos. Start with the video that you will display on the full screen. Drag it to the timeline. Next, drag and insert your second video in the ‘Inset’ window to the timeline.

imovie combine multiple videos

Step 3. Apply PIP to videos

The ‘Picture in Picture’ feature comes in handy at this time. Click on the second video that you added in the ‘Inset’ Window then select the ‘Picture in Picture’ to apply the overlay effect to the video.

Step 4. Position your files

Once the attached clip appears in the ‘Insert’ window, drag it to position it at a preferred spot of the main project. Continue to add other videos in the same manner as you position them. Then trim the clips directly to the screen by grabbing the edges.

position the file

Step 5. Preview and save

Use the ‘Preview’ feature to view what the finished product will look like. Then save your project and share it if you wish to.

Part 2. How to Merge Videos on iMovie [iPhone & iPad]

Apple offers its users iMovie app for free. Let’s see how to merge videos on iMovie with iPhone or iPad.

Step 1. Download and launch iMovie

Download and install the app on your device then launch it. You’ll be directed to the ‘Projects’ screen. Tap the ‘+’ sign to start a new project. Click on ‘Movie’ when prompted.

imovie merge videos on iphone

Step 2. Add videos

Select the videos that you wish to merge. Tap ‘Media’ > ‘Video’ and select all the videos you wish to add. Drag the edges of the selected videos to trim the clips directly to your iDevice screen.

imovie select videos

Step 3. Create movie

Once you have selected your videos, click the ‘Create Movie’ at the bottom of the screen. The videos will be placed on the video timeline. You can reposition and trim them for a fine look.

create movie iphone

Step 4. Save and export your movie

Finally, click the ‘Done’ button in the top-left corner. Save your project and click the ‘Play’ button for a preview. If it’s good enough, tap the ‘Share’ button to export it. You can export it to any platform or directly to your ‘Photos’

Part 3. The Best iMovie Alternative to Combine Videos

Even though how to combine videos on iMovie is simple, it requires a high level of hard disk space, rendering the platform slow. It may not support very many video formats, and the end product isn’t the original product. This may prompt you to look for an alternative to iMovie. The best alternative is Wondershare DemoCreator. It comes with over 1000 built-in editing resources to make your video creation steps easier. With DemoCreator, you can record multiple screens and even draw in the real-time screen. Choose to record with a camera, microphone, and add other transitions like evaporation, fading, flashing, among others. More so, the end product will be without quality loss. Check out how to combine videos in DemoCreator.

Step 1. Download and launch DemoCreator

DemoCreator is available for both Windows and macOS systems. Head to the website and download your computer’s version. Next, launch the app on your computer and start importing videos.

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Step 2. Import videos

Click the ‘Import’ button to add in the videos you wish to combine. Then drag and drop them to the timeline.

democreator import videos to combine

Step 3. Combine videos

Drag and drop your first video to the timeline. Then, add the subsequent video and select which region of the first video to add it to.  Choose whether you want to add it to the ‘Beginning of the video’, ‘Add to the frame of playhead’, or ‘Add it to the end of the video’.

combine videos democreator

Your videos will merge. You can also add transition and other video effects before you export it.

add transition to merge

Step 4. Export the combined videos

Lastly, preview your videos. Click the ‘Play’ button to play it in preview mode. Then click the ‘Export’ button and change other parameters like the output format and video resolution. When all the settings are correct, click the ‘Export’ button at the right-bottom corner of the screen to export the merged video to your computer.

export the combined video

Part 4. How to Choose between iMovie and DemoCreator

Type

iMovie

DemoCreator

Supported Operating System

macOS and iOS devices

Windows 7, 8, 10, and macOS Big Sur (v11), Catalina (v10.15), Mojave (v10.14), High Sierra (v10.13)

Ease of use

Easy to use

Easy to use

Supported video formats

DV, AVCHD, HDV, Apple Intermediate Codec, Motion JPEG, iFrame, Apple Animation Codec, MP4, MOV.

DV, FLV, AVI, MP4, MOV, VOB, 3GP, DAT, MPEG, MKV.

Output quality

blurry

lossless

Free Trial

Yes

Yes

FAQ: Why is iMovie "Join Clips" option greyed out?

The “greyed out” option means the option isn’t enabled. So, you can’t combine clips in iMovie using the ‘Join Clips’ feature. “Join Clips” in iMovie can only be used to rejoin video clips that have been split using iMovie. But it can’t be used to combine two or more independent video clips.

Conclusion:

We have highlighted how to merge videos on iMovie. The steps are easy to follow, making the process easy. However, your final product won’t be as clear as the original content. That’s why the best alternative – DemoCreator – comes in handy. DemoCreator lets you combine clips from two or more independent movies. You can also add transitions to make your video exemplary.

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