It seems like the steps right now are:

  1. Shoot movie
  2. sync iPhone with Mac via iTunes
  3. Open iPhoto
  4. Import photos from iPhone into iPhoto
  5. Open iMovie (or retart if it was already running)
  6. On startup, iMovie detects videos in iPhoto and imports them.

Yikes. Is there an easier way? It's a bit odd that the videos are handled as photos, in the first place.

And no, I'm not jailbreaking my iPhone simply to save me a few of these steps.

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If you're finding the iPhoto portion a bit tedious you can try a program such as Clipstart which focuses completely on movies but you'll still have to import it into iMovie.

Unfortunately at present there is no seamless way to get the videos from the iPhone direct to iMovie without first stopping off in iPhoto.

  1. Jailbreak your iPhone
  2. Install OpenSSH
  3. SSH in from your mac (With a program such as CyberDuck or Fetch)
  4. Grab the video file
  5. Import into iMovie

After 1 and 2 are done, 3, 4, and 5 should be very easy.

  • 3
    Come on now, not doing #1.
    – bpapa
    Aug 16, 2009 at 3:59
  • Sorry, I didn't know you didn't want to :/
    – unlobito
    Aug 16, 2009 at 16:45
  • I tend to not mention jail breaking unless it is the only way to accomplish a desired task from a question.
    – Troggy
    Aug 16, 2009 at 19:35
  • It's the easiest and can be done via wireless.
    – unlobito
    Aug 17, 2009 at 2:24
  • Can't you brick your phone
    – Benny
    Jan 2, 2011 at 8:35

(OK so I just checked this at home)

  1. Connect iPhone 3GS using iPod cable.
  2. Launch Image Capture app.
  3. Select movies/images to import.
  4. Launch iMovie and use File > Import > Movies... and browse to folder where you saved the movies.

Okay so I admit this is just substituting iPhoto with Image Capture, but the latter app is much more lightweight I guess... but then again if you use iPhoto then all your imported iPhone movies become available in the 'media browser' for other apps in iLife/iWork.


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