Q:"I have been using iMovie for a while, and 'Split Clip' is the most regularly used feature. However, now I want to join two clips together so that I can add a smooth Ken Burns effect that will make the video clips combined seamlessly. I did it in iMovie, but the 'Join Clips' icon is greyed out. Why? What am I missing? Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated." --- PBA user from Apple Community

In the wake of the spread of social media, joining several clips into one and sharing to the social platform are becoming increasingly commonplace. Many Mac users would love to do it in iMovie that is a free video editing program developed by Apple Inc. But as described above, it does not seem to go well while working with iMovie. In order to get the thing back on the rails, below explains how to combine clips in iMovie and its best alternative - Joyoshare Video Joiner.

Part 1. How to Combine Clips in iMovie

As a non-linear video editing application, iMovie has sparked a blizzard of concern with beginners. Although it costs nothing, it is no worse than other similar products in functions. Even some advanced features such as split screen, picture-in-picture effect, etc are also supported by it. If you are planning to join clips in iMovie but you are infrequently exposed to the application before, you may follow instructions below to get it done. Note that iMovie is just compatible with iOS devices and Mac OS. For Windows users, you could refer to Joyoshare Video Joiner that is applicable to both Mac and Windows in Part 2.

Step 1 Launch iMovie and create new project

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The first thing to do is running iMovie on your computer. Then you need to click on "File" and choose "New Project" to begin a new project. After that, you can name the project and adjust some settings according to your desires.

Step 2 Import video clips

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In this section, add you video clips into iMovie. You can do it by tapping "Import" under the "File" option or clicking the "+" icon to choose clips that are needed to combine.

Step 3 Edit video clips

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Now, you can drag these video clips to the timeline one by one to edit them, like cutting, adding subtitle, adjusting color, applying effects, and so on.

Step 4 Start combining clips

join clips in imovie
Once this is all in place, you need to touch "Modify" and then select the "Join Clips" to begin to join your video clips. After finishing, the merged one could be found in your local files.

Part 2. How to Combine Clips with Joyoshare Video Joiner

When you find iMovie can not fit your needs, or it does not let you merge video clips, you may consider its best alternative program - Joyoshare Video Joiner that is a specialized video merger both on Mac and Windows. Deemed to be a multipurpose video joining program, it can do more than you imagine. Not just combining video clips but also cutting and editing videos are able to be accomplished with it.

Nor is this all, Joyoshare Video Joiner is capable of merging video/audio files in different formats, and outputting the merged file to various formats like MP4, M4V, MKV, MP3, M4A, WAV, etc. What's more, it provides high-speed mode and encoding mode to combine video clips, which makes you do it more flexibly. In this regard, what should be noted is that high-speed is to merge video fast and losslessly while encoding mode supports editing files and customizing file format. Well, here we go to the following content that illustrates the steps of implementing it to get several video clips together.

Key Features of Joyoshare Video Joiner:

Remove unwanted sections from video clips

Preview, rename, and rearrange video clips

Join video clips at 60X speed without quality loss

Provide high-speed mode and encoding mode to merge

Adjust aspect ratio, apply effect, add watermarks and subtitles

Step 1Add video clips into Joyoshare Video Joiner

Firstly, please download and install Joyoshare Video Joiner on your computer. The next thing to do is importing the video clips you want to merge to the program. Two methods to add videos respectively are simply dragging them into it or clicking "Open File" in the bottom left corner to choose them.
video joiner main interface

Step 2Select merging mode and output format

Afterwards, you ought to hit on "Format" to choose a mode to merge your video clips and select an output format. The high-speed mode is suitable for those who need to join videos quickly and losslessly. In case you choose encoding mode to merge, you are allowed to customize file format including codec, resolution, frame rate, and bit rate. Once done, please go back to the main interface with the "OK" button.
choose merging mode and output format

Step 3Cut needless content from videos

Now, you can preview and rename these video clips. If necessary, you might move the yellow timeline to cut some needless sections from videos.
cut videos

Step 4Edit videos

Supposing that you select encoding mode to merge, you are offered to use the editing function. Tap on "Edit" to trim or rotate videos, apply visual effects, and add watermarks and subtitles depending on your actual demands.
edit videos

Step 5Combine video clips

When everything is ready, you finally click the "Convert" button to combine these video clips into a big one. Later, just find it in your local file folder.
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Nov 27, 2019 7:30 PM

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