Is it possible to transfer an iMovie project from my iPhone to my MacBook Pro?

Right now, my project consists of clips that I shot directly using iMovie, but they don't appear in my Camera Roll on my iPhone. Is there a way to make them appear on my Camera Roll (or other folder) so that I can simply copy and paste the individual clips onto my computer?

I have tried the new update of iMovie 10.1, but it gives a strange error when I try to import. What I have done:

  1. Goto the projects in iMovie for iPhone, open a project, export to iTunes.
  2. Download the "projectname.iMovieMobile" file from iTunes onto my computer.
  3. Open iMovie version 10.1 (the new update). File > Import iMovie iOS Projects... > select the project.iMovieMobile.
  4. When I try to import them, it gives an error after a few seconds:

    Error in iOS Project Import Failed to import iOS project. The project's version is too old. Please update the iMovie app on your iOS device.

However, I have checked that I have the correct versions. I will try updating my iOS and get back to here.

Additional Info:

  • Mac Book Pro (Late 2011)
    • I just installed the 'El Capitan' update, but it doesn't to appear to actually be working; will try reinstalling.
  • iPhone 6S, iOS version 9.0.2 (latest)
  • iMovie (on MacBook Pro) v. 10.1
  • iMovie (on iPhone) v. 2.2

1 Answer 1


Turns out I finally found my own solution:

  1. Make sure you have the latest versions of iMovie, especially on iOS. This was the main problem causer for me, as iMovie claimed to be updated and would not show up in the updates in the App Store until I restarted several times.

  2. From your iPhone: export the project you wish to transfer to iTunes. Connect your iPhone to your computer via a USB cable and download the filename.iMovieMobile file to your computer.

  3. Open iMovie on your computer, and click File > Import iMovie iOS Projects....

  4. You should have the project imported to iMovie on the computer! Now, you can even transfer to Final Cut Pro X (see here for info on how to do that).

    Make sure you are running the most recent versions of iMovie!

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