How To Move iPhone Video Files To Your Mac
December 18th, 2014 by Xarah


How To Move iPhone Video Files To Your Mac

in order to edit them, or to save them on an extral drive.

This is how my business partner Mike Hobbs does it:

Are you having difficulties getting the video files off of your iPhone and onto your MAC computer to edit in ScreenFlow?  This tutorial will help!

  1. Connect the iPhone to the computer through the USB Cable (the one you use to load the batteries).
  2. Go to the finder area.  Click on Applications and select “Image Capture.” (Though not everybody has this app. I for instance don’t have it)
  3. Choose your iPhone and select the video file to import.
  4. Open ScreenFlow and insert the file you just imported.

ScreenFlow is powerful, easy-to-use screencasting software for the Mac. With ScreenFlow you can record the contents of your entire monitor while also capturing your video camera, microphone and your computer audio. The easy-to-use editing interface lets you creatively edit your video, and add additional images, text, music and transitions for a truly professional-looking video.

Maybe “Image Captures comes with ScreenFlow. I don’t know because I don’t have ScreenFlow – yet.

I use iMovie and Screen-o-Matic for screen-capture videos. But since that is not the topic of this blog post… 🙂

Another Way to Move Your iPhone Files to Your Mac

When I plug my iPhone to my Mac, iPhoto automatically opens. It could be that when I did that the first time I was asked if I always wanted this action to happen.

Now I select the file or the files and click on import. I usually click on delete pictures which makes them delete on my iPhone.

Under “last import” I can see what I just imported to my Mac. I select them and move them (drag and drop) to a folder. That one was a toughie for the longest time. I couldn’t figure out where my imported pictures and videos were at this point. Until one day I just tried to drag and drop.


Next of course import to iMovie and edit the movie there, add images, music, background sounds. Or just use as is.

Little iPhone Tricks

The little trick Mike shows with the buttons is pretty clever, makes it easier to either shoot a picture or a video.

Hope this blog post was helpful. Let me know in the comments.

from Xarah with Love

PS: While writing this blog post I was scrolling through my content on my iPhone and found tons of pictures and videos. From my garden, from our national day, from my niece’s wedding… eventually I’m going to have to download them LOL

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12 Responses  
  • Wilfried writes:
    January 10th, 201510:01 pmat

    I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good. I don’t know who you are but certainly you’re going to a famous blogger if you are not already 😉 Cheers!|

  • Elizabeth Evans writes:
    December 25th, 20142:41 amat

    Great info Xarah, Thanks for sharing it 🙂

  • Steve Krivda writes:
    December 20th, 201412:46 amat

    I don’t have a Mac yet but, when i do…this will be cool

  • Luis Craveiro writes:
    December 19th, 201411:20 pmat

    Thanks Xarah very informative 😉

  • francis writes:
    December 19th, 201410:30 amat

    Hey I was just thinking about this stuff this morning…I found a solution I need. Thanks very much for sharing

    • Xarah writes:
      December 19th, 201412:41 pmat

      Glad I could help

  • Alecia writes:
    December 19th, 201410:29 amat

    Great tips! I personally use DropBox for that.

    • Xarah writes:
      December 19th, 201412:41 pmat

      DropBox is great tool for sharing between two different computers. Thanks for stopping by

  • Lynn Brown writes:
    December 19th, 20149:59 amat

    Very helpful video from Mike, thanks for sharing these tips Xarah, great resource for iphone users!

    • Xarah writes:
      December 19th, 201412:50 pmat

      I always learn something from him, thanks for stopping by

  • Sheena writes:
    December 19th, 20149:33 amat

    thanks for this training, very informative

    • Xarah writes:
      December 19th, 201412:51 pmat

      You are very welcome

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