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Alongside new 4K iMac, Apple updating iMovie on Mac to support 4K video


With the iPhone 6s/Plus offering the ability to shoot 4K video, and the new 4K 21.5-inch iMac out today, Apple is bringing iMovie for Mac up-to-date with support for 4K footage.

With the latest update to iMovie, support for 4K editing lets you make and share movies that are sharper and more beautiful than ever. iMovie also supports 1080p HD video at 60 frames per second for smoother, more true-to-life action. And now you can begin editing on your iPhone or iPad, then finish editing on your Mac to take advantage of powerful features including color correction, green-screen effects, and animated maps …

Apple updated the iOS version of iMovie with 4K support shortly before the release of the iPhone 6s. The latest Mac version also allows you to import movies from the iOS app to continue editing them on your Mac. Minor additional improvements include 10 additional filters borrowed from the iOS app.

This means that all Apple’s video editing apps – iMovie on iOS and OS X, and Final Cut Pro on the Mac – now allow you to create ultra-HD masterpieces.

The updated app should be rolling out across the course of the day.

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  1. Steve32 - 7 years ago

    yet, they released the Apple TV w/ no 4K.

    • kijijigod - 7 years ago

      yep… remember, the apple TV is just a hobby.

    • PMZanetti - 7 years ago

      It will get there. That is more intimately connected with the proliferation of 4k content and tvs. As soon as that becomes the majority instead of minority, there will be a 4k AppleTV.
      For now, enjoy your 4k home movies on your iMac.

  2. Cezary Bielecki - 7 years ago

    Still you cant share one project between iOS and OS X, sad.

  3. coinaphrase - 7 years ago

    I’m wondering where Apple thinks the source content will be coming from to take advantage of the P3 color space on those new iMac screens. From iTunes? Does iMovie handle it?


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