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How to Loop Videos with iMovie

Caroline Laurent
Caroline Laurent Originally published Nov 17, 22, updated Dec 06, 22

If you are a video creator, there are times when you have to loop a video. This is to extend the duration of the original video. For instance, you have a stock video of a short duration. You want it to be the background in your video throughout. You have to extend the duration of the stock video by playing it in a loop.

If you are a macOS user, you can use iMovie to loop your video. iMovie comes pre-install on macOS devices. iMovie happens to be one of the most preferred video editors among beginners. In fact, iMovie comes pre-installed on iPhones and iPads. You can easily loop your video on your mobile devices as well. We will illustrate how to loop a video on iMovie on iPhone as well as on Mac.

In this article
  1. How to loop a video on iMovie iPhone
  2. Loop Videos on Mac with iMovie
  3. iMovie Alternative to Loop Videos on Mac

Part 1. How to loop a video on iMovie iPhone

iMovie by Apple comes pre-installed on iPhone and iPad. Naturally, it is one of the most widely used video editors by iPhone users. iMovie app has options for basic and even advanced levels of video editing. Looping a video on iMovie involves a few simple steps that everyone can perform easily. Here are the steps on how to loop a video in the iMovie app on your iPhone.

Step1 Launch the iMovie app on your iPhone. If you have uninstalled or disabled the app, you can always go to App Store to install it again.

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Step2 If you are opening the app for the first time, you will get a welcome screen. Follow the on-screen instructions to land on the home screen of the app.

Step3 Tap on New Project “+” icon and select the Movie option to get started. This will take you to the phone media gallery to select a media file to get started.

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Step4 You should tap on the Video option and select the video that you want to put into a loop. After selecting a video, tap on Create Movie option.

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Step5 Tap on the video on the timeline to select the video and tap on the Duplicate option. You will see that the duration of the video has doubled. You can tap on Duplicate as many times as you want to increase the video duration.

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Step6 Once you are done with the iMovie loop, tap on the Done option located in the top-left corner. Thereafter, tap on the Share icon at the bottom.

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Step7 You will get a pop-up where you have to tap on the Save Video option. The edited video will be saved on your iPhone. You can open the new video from the Photos app.

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Part 2. Loop Videos on Mac with iMovie

Editing a video on a Mac is always more comfortable than on an iPhone because of the larger screen. iMovie from Apple comes pre-installed on Mac as well, and hence, you can get started right away. It is completely free to use, and hence, you do not need to install any third-party video editor. Here are the steps on how to loop an iMovie video in simple steps.

Step1 Open the iMovie app from the Applications folder.

Step2 Click on Create New option and then click on the Movie option.

create new imovie mac

Step3 Bring in the required video under Movie Library by dragging the file from Finder on your Mac. You can also go to File> Import Media option and select the required video. You can also select the required media file from Events or Photos under the Libraries section.

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Step4 Drag and drop the video on your timeline. When you want to loop the video, drag and drop the video clip again on the timeline. Make sure there is no gap between the first clip and the second clip on the timeline. You can drag and drop the video clip multiple times on the timeline to increase its duration.

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Step5 Once you are done, go to File> Share> File option. Choose the destination to save the edited video.

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Part 3. iMovie Alternative to Loop Videos on Mac

If you are looking for an iMovie alternative to perform iMovie loop video action easily, we recommend Wondershare Filmora. Filmora is available for both Mac and Windows. Filmora is a better video editor than iMovie. It is a premium video editor and it has more features and functionalities.

You can loop any video as many times as you want instantly. Besides, you can edit your video clip as per your requirements before looping the edited video. The user interface is highly intuitive for everyone. Hence, it has huge popularity among Mac users. You can also save the looped video in different file formats. Here are the steps to loop a video on Filmora.

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Step1 Download and install Wondershare Filmora. Launch Filmora and click on New Project on the welcome screen.

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Step2 Drag and drop the video file from Finder on Mac to the Project Media folder on Filmora. Thereafter, drop the video file into the timeline.

drag and drop video file to project media

Step3 Drag and drop the video clip into the timeline again. Make sure that there is no gap between the clips. Besides, make sure that they are on the same channel for looping. You can drag and drop the video into the timeline multiple times.

drag and drop video clip into timeline again

Step4 You can zoom out the timeline for better viewing. Play the video to check its output on Viewer. Finally, click on the Export button and save the video in the desired file format on your Mac.

The Bottom Line

If you want to loop a video on your Mac, iMovie is the most preferred option. The same is applicable to iPhone users as well. iMovie comes pre-installed, and it is completely free to use. That is why you can loop any video instantly. Wondershare Filmora is the best alternative to iMovie to edit and loop your video.

Caroline Laurent
Caroline Laurent Dec 06, 22
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