How to Convert iMovie Project to MP4 on Mac/iPhone

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Why the iMovie always export your files into .mov format? iMovie as the default editing software on Mac does help a lot for many Mac users. However, sometimes you may encounter failures when you try to export iMovie projects to MP4. That’s because there are some options you should avoid that they may lead to output formats in .mov or others. In this guide, you will learn how to convert iMovie to MP4 on Mac and iPhone. What’s more, there will be a professional and stable video converter you can always resort to.


How to Export iMovie to MP4 on Mac Using iMovie

Step 1. Click “Share” Icon to Start

First of all, when you finish editing your videos in iMovie, you should click on “Share” icon and choose “File”.

Export Button in iMovie

Step 2. Customize Output Formats and Relevant Info

When you click “File”, there will be a pop-up window where you can customize the description, tags, formats, resolution, quality, and compress level. Please follow below guides to make sure an MP4 output.

Format: Choose to export “Video and Audio”, or just “Audio”.

Resolution: 540p, 720p, 1080p are all available. Normally you are recommended to choose 720p. But you can choose other options if you want to output videos into other qualities.

Quality: There will be 5 options for you to choose: Low, Medium, High, Best (ProRes) and Customize. If you set the quality with “Best (ProRes)”, the iMovie file will be saved as .mov format. The others will lead to MP4 output formats.

Compress: Set the compress speed as “Faster” as another option “Better Quality” is normally used when you choose “Best (ProRes).

Change Output Information in iMovie

Step 3. Export iMovie to MP4

Now you will get your videos in MP4 formats after processing.


VideoSolo Video Converter Ultimate supports to convert video/audio to 1000+ with effortless clicks. All video/audio files from iMovie can be converted to MP4 in high quality or other popular formats, which will make it easier for uploads to online platforms such as YouTube, TikTok, Facebook, and Instagram.

Best Tool to Convert an iMovie to MP4 – VideoSolo Video Converter Ultimate

When you just want to save iMovie to .mov files to keep the high quality of your edited video/audio files, but you will find .mov is not supported in many popular online platform and video player. Here, a versatile video converter is highly recommended – VideoSolo Video Converter Ultimate.

This is a professional video converter which can help convert the iMovie project to MP4 format easily and it supports almost all major popular media formats including MP4, MOV, MKV, AVI, 5K/8K Video, etc. It not only equips with basic editing function that allows you to trim the video duration, crop the video area, make video collage, create delicate MV, and more, but also supports to customize the video/audio code, frame rate, bitrate, resolution, etc.

Last but not least, it’s an ultrafast video converter that has improved conversion speed up to 50X than ever. Follow the guide below to convert iMovie to MP4 step by step.

Step 1. Initiate the VideoSolo Video Converter Ultimate

Download and install the converter for Mac. Then open the main interface.

Step 2. Import the Exported iMovie Video

Click the button of “Add Files” to upload the iMovie file. This tool also supports batch conversion at one go.

Note: VideoSolo Video Converter Ultimate can’t directly convert the iMovie project to MP4. You have to export the iMovie project to MOV, then this program can convert the exported MOV video to MP4.

Add Files to Video Converter

Step 3. Specify the Output Format

Click the drop-down icon of “Output Format” and select MP4 as the output format.

Choose Video Output Format and Quality

Step 4. Convert the Exported iMovie Video to MP4

Click the “Convert” button to transfer iMovie to MP4 on Mac, and this hassle-free Mac Video Converter will automatically do the rest for you.

How to Export iMovie to MP4 on Mac with QuickTime

Apart from using iMovie to export iMovie to the MP4, some of you may notice that there is another way frequently mentioned in many threads and articles in Google, that is, “Export iMovie to MP4 with QuickTime”. However, when we test it in the iMovie with the version 10.1.10 on my MacBook Pro, we couldn’t find this option anymore. And we think that it might be caused by the update of iMovie.

Step 1. Launch iMovie on your Mac.

Step 2. Load the project you want to export using iMovie.

Step 3. After the video is loaded, click the Share tab in the Options menu.

Step 4. Click the option to Export using QuickTime and enter its filename and destination folder in the pop-up window.

Step 5. Click Export and then choose MP4 as output format. Finally, press Save to export iMovie to MP4

Export iMovie Using QuickTime

How to Export iMovie to MP4 on iPhone

Step 1. Click “Share” Icon to Start

Before you get started, please make sure you have already updated your iOS version to 15.0 or higher as iMovie is only available on these versions.

When you are done with editing videos on iMovie, just click the “Share” icon in the middle down bottom. Then tap on “Options” to customize output formats.

Modify iMovie Output Settings on iPhone

Step 2. Choose Output Format

Choose “Video” type to ensure your exported video is in MP4 format. Then click on the resolution and frame rate you want. The option of “Project” type will also lead to .mov output formats. Then tap on “Done”.

Step 3. Choose “Save Video”

When you complete all output formats settings, press “Save Video”. And the output file will be saved in your Photo library directly. Here the processing time depends on the video length and quality you choose. It’s remarkable that during our test, iMovie runs pretty smoothly all the time.

Besides, please note that if you click on “Save to Files”, it will pop up a window for you to choose where you can save in your iPhone storage, but your exported videos will be saved in .mov format.

Export iMovie on iPhone

What About Converting iMovie to MP4 Online

You can also try to use online converters to export iMovie to MP4 in a totally free way. However, there are limitations on the size of the video you can convert. What’s worse is that online conversion services are easily affected by network stability, resulting in conversion failures. So, I recommend you to use a video converting software to complete the iMovie to MP4 conversion.

To export iMovie to MP4 online, here we use Zamzar as an example:

Step 1. Launch your browser on the computer and then open

Step 2. Drag and drop the video files you want to export from iMovie to MP4. You can also put a URL of the file you wish to convert.

Step 3. Edit options for the conversion and make sure to choose MP4 as the output format.

Step 4.Click Convert, wait for the conversion process to complete and then click download to export iMovie to MP4.

Zamzar Video Converter

FAQs on Exporting iMovie Projects

What File Formats Do iMovie Support?

Import formats: Apple Animation Codec, Apple Intermediate Code, Apple ProRes, AVCHD, DV, H.264, Motion JPEG, MP3G-4

Export formats: MOV, MPE, JPEG, DV, AAC

iMovie Export Failed

Several factors will lead to iMovie export failures:

  • No enough storage on your device;

  • Name of the exported video has special characters;

  • Damaged original files;

  • Outdated iMovie version.

Check if you have the problems above, then correct it and try again.

You may like to see full solutions here: iMovie Won’t Export: The Operation Couldn’t Be Completed, Fix

iMovie Not Saving as MP4

If you Choose iMovie “Best Quality (ProRes)” and “Better Quality” compression, .mov files will be exported. You can choose High, Medium, or Low in the quality menu to export to MP4, or just resort to a video converter which supports to convert iMovie files without quality loss.

Hope this article can be of assistance to solve the problem for how to convert iMovie to MP4 on Mac and iPhone. What’s more, if you find VideoSolo Video Converter Ultimate helpful for improving quality of iMovie exported files, please share it with your friends!

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