How to Fast Forward Video Clips in iMovie on Mac/iPad/iPhone

November 09, 2021Jenny Ryan

As one of the best video making programs on the market, iMovie offers you many great features to edit video with simple steps.

This article is going to introduce to you one popular feature in iMovie called fast forward. Fast forward is an interesting feature that has been widely used by young video makers. You can actually see many funny videos using the fast forward effect.

In iMovie, you can change the speed of any clip. In addition, iMovie can automatically adjust the frame rate of any clip to match the frame rate of your movie (determined by the first clip you add to your movie).

Now read the tutorial below, and learn how to fast forward in iMovie.

Fast Forward Video in iMovie

Part 1. How to fast forward in iMovie on Mac

Step 1:
Open iMovie on your Mac, import videos to the Project and drag the video in the timeline. (You can click the "setting bar" blow the preview window to see more frames in the timeline.)
Load Video Clip
Step 2:
Select the clip you want to speed up. Click the clock icon above the viewer, then select "Speed" > "Fast". Set the speed like "8x", "20x". A rabbit icon appears on the clip, and a speed slider appears at the top.

To modify a clip's speed adjustments, you can simply drag the speed slider at the top of a clip that has fast forward.

Fast Forward in iMovie
Step 3:
When you are satisfied with the fast forward video clip, click the "Share" button right above, then you can choose to save the iMovie fast forward or share it online directly.
Save and Share

1. Similarly, you can also slow down any clip in iMovie by select "Speed" > "Slow" option in Step 2.

2. When you make fast forward video that contains audio in iMovie, the audio pitch will be impacted. To preserve the original pitch of the audio, select the Preserve Pitch checkbox above the viewer.

Perserve Pitch

Part 2. How to fast forward video clips in iMovie on iPad/iPhone?

Step 1:
Open iMovie on your iPad/iPhone. Click the "Projects" tab on top, and then "Create Project" to load the video clip you want to make fast forward motion.
Step 2:
Tap the video in the timeline, and click the clock icon on the bottom-left corner. Then comes the speed adjustment bar.
Step 3:
Change the speed, preview the video until you get a perfect iMovie fast forward video. Click the "Done" button to save and share the funny speed up video to others!
Fast Forward in iMovie iPhone iPad

Part 3. Best Alternative Product to iMovie on Windows & Mac

Although it is easy and simple to speed up the video in iMovie, you cannot use it on Windows. Here we recommend an alternative tool you can use on both Mac and Windows – Aiseesoft Video Converter Ultimate, which also gives you a great feature to apply fast forward effect better than iMovie.

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How to speed up videos with Aiseesoft Video Converter Ultimate

Step 1:
Free download, install and open this software. Then you can click the Toolbox tab and choose the Video Speed Controller tool.
Toolkit New
Step 2:
Click the plus sign at the center of the window to add the video you want to speed up.
Add Video to Speed Controller
Step 3:
Choose a playback speed according to your need. For instance, if you want your video speed to become very fast, you can click the 8X button.
Video Speed Controller New
Step 4:
Finally, click the Export button to save the video you have changed.

Part 4. FAQs of How to Speed up Videos

Why can't I click the Speed button on iMovie?

If you cannot use the speed-controlling function of iMovie, the reason may be that your video clip is not long enough to accept the change of speed.

Can I change the playback speed on QuickTime?

Yes, you can. Launch the QuickTime on your Mac computer, and then play the video clip. Press the Alt key from the keyboard and click the Fast Forward button on the QuickTime at the same time. In this way, you can change the playback speed of your video with QuickTime.

Can I slow down the video on Mac?

Yes, you can. The Video Speed Controller tool of Aiseesoft Video Converter Ultimate also can enable you to slow down your video speed. Just click the 0.125X/0.25X/0.5X/0.75X button as you like, then you can get the video at a slower rate.


In this article, we have mainly taught you how to fast forward in iMovie. Still have more questions about fast forward motion in iMovie? Feel free to leave your comment down below.

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