How to Import Videos from Cell Phone to iMovie with Image Capture

You can import videos from your cell phone to iMovie using Image Capture. This is best way to avoid using iPhoto or iTunes if you are on a shared computer.

1. Plug phone into USB. Use back of computer rather than keyboard.
2. If your computer automatically opens iPhoto and/or iTunes, close them.
3. Using the magnifying glass icon in the top right-hand corner of the main bar, search for Image Capture. Click to Open.
4. Cell Phone should show up on left-hand side and photos and videos in the middle.
5. Scroll to select only the ones you want to download. Use Shift + Click to select multiple clips.
6. Change Import To: to Desktop.
7. Click Import.
8. When it is done, close Image Capture.
9. Open iMovie by selecting the Star icon on the bottom application bar.
10. In iMovie, select File>Import Movies Select the video clips from your desktop and click Import. This will take some time based on how length of video clips.


About Nick DiUlio

My name is Nick DiUlio, a freelance writer and editor from New Jersey. I have been passionate about the craft of writing since I was old enough to spell, and this love has led to a successful career in journalism and creative nonfiction. As a freelancer, I have covered a wide range of topics and personalities, as my published work has focused on everything from profiles of artists and important political figures to hard-news stories with both national and local appeal; from restaurant and beverage reviews to tips on fashion and finance; from health and wellness pieces to celebrity Q&A’s. My work has appeared in several local, regional and national publications—both in print and online—including Philadelphia Magazine,, Miller-McCune, New Jersey Monthly, Eating Well, and Delaware Today. Additionally, I am the South Jersey Bureau Chief for New Jersey Monthly and an adjunct journalism professor at Rowan University. To be sure, the broadness of my body of work seems only to be matched by my boundless interest in almost every subject imaginable (except Warren Zevon). Check out some of my most recently published work here.
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