When using iMovie's side-by-side feature, it cropped the clips automatically by default. How do we make it to fit the clips into the final clip without cropping any parts of the images?

Clip1: Clip 1

Clip2: Clip 2

iMovie resulted: Side-by-side cropped

Desired result: Side-by-side


1 Answer 1


With the Video overlay settings set to Side By Side, you should see the Cropping be activated. Click Cropping, then set the style to Crop to Fill and extend the crop to be the entire size of your input video. Repeat this step for the other video clip.

  1. Add one of the clips to the timeline and drag the other clip above the existing clip in the timeline.

  2. Go to Adjust → Video overlay settings, set the video overlay style to Side by Side and the side for the current clip.

  3. Go to Adjust → Cropping and set the cropping style to Crop to Fill

  4. Drag the bounds box to the edges of the selected clip.

  5. Repeat the previous two steps for the other clip.

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    I follow your steps but at 3 it stops showing me the split screen. If I go back to Video overlay settings, it shows it to me but cropped (/Fit, not Crop to Fill). Crop to Fill only seems to have effect when split screen is not active.
    – arturomp
    Jun 28, 2018 at 13:33
  • The Crop to Fill option doesn't seem to help me. My videos still gets cut off when I go back to the "Video Overlap Settings".
    – Classified
    Aug 30, 2020 at 2:05
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    This doesn't work for me.
    – Keyan P
    May 2, 2021 at 22:11
  • @Key What happens when you try? There’s not enough detail to go on there
    – grg
    May 2, 2021 at 23:02
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    @Keyan No problem I understand, I just want to try to figure it out so I can make the answer better for you and others too! I’m not sure what the problem is though, maybe someone else will see this and know the answer.
    – grg
    May 6, 2021 at 22:41

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