How to Edit A Video on MacBook Pro, Air or mini without iMovie

Posted by Delaney to convert video, convert MP4 | October 18, 2017

When it comes to how to edit a video on a Mac, several ways may come to your mind, like iMovie, Final Cut Pro or Adobe's Premiere. Though Apple's default video editors have provided ready solutions to edit videos on Mac computers, it doesn't mean that you have to struggle with the complexity of the programs. If Apple's solution is too complicated for you, or other editors are too expensive (e.g., Lightworks is priced at $695), here is a guide on how to edit videos on MacBook Pro, Air, mini without too much effort or high price.

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How to Edit Videos on MacBook Pro/Air/mini with Ease

Below is a simple guide on how to edit a video on a Mac step by step. The computer we use here is a MacBook Pro running on macOS Sierra. First of all, free download the video editor on Mac.
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Merge Multiple Videos into One

To get started, launch the video editor for Mac. Click the add button to browse for a video file or just drag and drop the video to the editor. Then let's start video editing on Mac. To merge videos into one, open all the clips and rearrange the order with the up and down icon on the end of each video bar. You can always click the video to play on the right window to make sure if it is the right clip, and remove any unwanted footage with the trash icon. Then toggle on the merge button on the right bottom part of the interface.

After all the settings, click Apply to all, click Run to start merging multiple videos into one.

Note: You can add any formats to edit video on Mac. Also, videos come in different formats, like MKV and MP4, can be merged together without worrying about the format differences.

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Trim the Videos

Trim the videos by setting the start time and end time to cut a specific segment from the clip, or remove unwanted parts from the videos. To do this, click the Edit icon below the video to enter into the Mac video editing window. You will see how easy it is on how to edit videos on MacBook Pro/Air/mini. Click the Trim button, and then enter the starting and ending time of the video segments you'd like to save. You can freely split videos in MP4, MOV, MKV etc. and cut your favorite sections.

After all the settings, click Done, and it will go back to the previous window, then click Run and the trimming will start.

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Crop videos

Cropping is an important part of video editing on Mac to remove black edge of the movie, and change the frame proportions of the video. To do this, stay on the editing page. Then click Crop & Expand button and check the Enable Crop box. A window will appear on the video. Move the mouse cursor and drag the frame of the box to select the part of picture you want to save. Or you can crop rectangle by enter the exact position. Clicking the crop preset, you can select a widescreen display (16:9), a standard display (4:3), or simply crop the letterbox.

After that, click Done, and it will go back to the previous window, then click Run and the cropping will start.

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Add watermarks & subtitles

The question on how to edit a video on a MacBook Pro/Air/mini also includes the ability to add personal watermarks or captions. This video editor for Mac has both functions built-in.

To add watermarks: Still on the editing window, click Watermark button and check the Enable Watermark box. Now you can either import image or text watermark. For example, if you import the text as your watermark, click the icon with A to adjust the style of the font, like the size and color. You can drag the watermark box to place it in the right position.

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To add subtitles: click Subtitle button and check the Enable Subtitle box. You can enable the built-in subtitles if any. Or External Subtitle File and click Add button to import the .srt file you've saved on your Mac. After that, click Done and then you can freely add subtitles to MP4, mov, avi, mkv, flv, any other files.

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Compress & reduce video files

If you want to upload the edited videos to YouTube, Instagram or other websites, the video editing on Mac also involves file size compression. Besides some editing tasks that can help reduce the file size, like cutting the unnecessary parts, you can change the video formats, like compress MP4, MKV, AVI, MTS, AVCHD, other large-size files to smaller WMV or FLV (see the video converting tutorial below). Also, the video parameter adjusting will help.

To do that, go back to the main interface, then click the Setting button. On the popping up window, you can adjust the video settings, e.g., you can lower the 4K UHD to HD/SD resolutions, reduce bitrate and frame rate, and change the codec.

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Transcode videos

That's almost all the tasks for how to edit a video on a Mac. After you edit video on Mac, now comes to export the edited videos to your desired format. This Mac video editor supports every format out there. If you're editing videos on Mac to upload to YouTube, FaceBook, Instagram etc, simply select the site from the websites profiles; if you want to share with family & friends via email, select MP4, FLV or WMV; to watch the final videos on mobiles, choose iPhone, iPad, Android devices from the list as the output option.

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