I want to shoot all my photos as Live Photos but only if I can quickly review and delete the video part of the Live Photo to save space. Is this possible?
Starting with iOS 9.3 and macOS El Capitan 10.11.4, Photos can strip the video portion of a Live Photo natively.
- On your Mac, right-click the Live Photo, then Duplicate 1 Photo.
- On iOS, open the Share Sheet from your Live Photo, then tap Duplicate.
Select Duplicate as Still Photo, and you are then free to delete the original Live Photo.
You can even select multiple Live Photos and process them as a batch this way. This can prove especially useful starting with iOS 10.3 and macOS Sierra 10.12.4, which provide a new built-in smart album containing all your Live Photos. Simply go into Albums view and scroll down to Live Photos right below Selfies.
There's an app on the App Store called Lean that does just what you're asking. I haven't used it myself, but it does comes recommended from CNET---http://www.cnet.com/how-to/this-free-app-helps-eliminate-the-live-photos-you-dont-want/ ---and it's free so it's worth a shot.
For quick results, one could just take a screenshot (press lock and home button together) of the image and delete the original Live Photo.
However, when I imported some Live Photos I took on my iPhone 6S into Photos on my MacBook Pro I was given the regular photo and what appeared to be the Live Photo, separately.
You can remove the video portion by editing the photo on your iOS device. When viewing a Live Photo, tap on Edit, and then make an adjustment. I've found any changes made using the tools will prompt an alert, letting you know any changes made will remove the video portion. On the other hand, using the "magic wand" to automatically optimize the photo will not remove the video.
I am using the app called Lean, it does the job very well. You can download it at here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lean-clean-up-your-live-photos/id1051075379?mt=8
I read the review about this app before at http://foxyios.com/tips/how-to-remove-the-video-part-of-a-live-photo
Since the size of the live video portion of the image (sound and frames) is generally twice the size of the still. On iOS 10 the edit function on iOS only hides the data and doesn't strip or free the space.
- iPhone 6s and 6s Plus captures 4032 x 3024 in landscape
- The average of 10 still images is 1.95 MB
- The average size of the 10 corresponding live videos is 3.67 MB - this inlcudes the sound and motion portion of the data.
You can also strip the video easily by connecting either phone to Photos v 11.1 app and you will see both the "traditional still" photo and the associated video file to import.
On Yosemite Photos.app displays video portion separately from JPEG portion*. You can delete the video portion, in my testing the JPEG portion remains. The deleted video portion is seen in "Show Recently Deleted" and when permanently deleted ("Delete All") the JPEG persists.
- My wife accidentally turned Live Photo so I had to delete hundreds of videos. For some I'm not seeing the expected separate video though she though she was doing still images.
The simplest way to achieve this is to enable My Photo Stream in iCloud Photos settings as it strips the video from all Live photos when viewed in 'My Photo Stream'.
If your device is synced with Mac OS/X Photos then it also has the [unexpected] affect of not storing the video portion of the live photos - so it will only keep the still image.