[5 Unique Ways] How to Speed Up a Video on iPhone (2023)

Lisa Parker | Nov 23, 2022

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Have you ever wanted to speed up a video on your iPhone but needed to know how? Well, this guide is for you! This guide will show you five unique ways to speed up a video on your iPhone.

Whether using an app or editing your video in iMovie, we'll walk you through each method step-by-step so that you can get your video up to speed in no time. So let's get started!

Use iMovie for Videos at Regular Speed

The first method for speeding up your videos on iPhone is using the iMovie app. iMovie is free to download from the App Store and is already pre-installed on new iPhones and iPads.

With this app, you can easily speed up your video. Plus, iMovie makes it easy to make home videos, combine multiple clips, apply a soundtrack, add transitions, insert photos, and use other effects.


  1. Launch the iMovie app on your iPhone. When you see a welcome screen, tap Continue.
  2. A window for New Projects will emerge. Tap Movie.
  3. Select  movie in  iMovie app

    Select movie in iMovie app

  4. Choose a video from your camera roll on the following screen, then press Create Movie at the bottom.
  5. Wait for the video editing tools to emerge after tapping the video clip in the timeline before picking the speed tool, which looks like a speedometer.
  6. Select video clip in  iMovie app

    Select video clip in iMovie app

  7. Drag the yellow slider at the bottom to the right to speed up or slow down your video. You can speed up to 2x the original or slow down to 1/8th the original.
    Drag the yellow slide to adjust the speed

    Drag the yellow slide to adjust the speed

  8. In the upper-left corner of the screen, tap Done.
  9. At the bottom of the screen, click the Share option and select how you wish to save the completed video.

Open Photos App for Slo-mo Video On iPhone

Slo-mo Video allows you to record videos in slo-mo (slow motion) mode, which captures 120 or 240 frames per second. When played at a slower speed, this creates a slow-motion effect. The process is relatively simple.


  1. Launch the Photos app and go to the Albums tab at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Scroll down to the Media Types section on the Albums page and tap Slo-mo.
  3. Choose  Slo-mo in  Albums

    Choose Slo-mo in Albums

  4. Tap Edit in the top-right corner after selecting the video you wish to speed up.
  5.  Edit in the top-right corner

    Edit in the top-right corner

  6. Pull the two taller vertical bars together in the white hatching line beneath the video timeline to remove the Slo-Mo effect and speed up the video.
  7.  Pull the two taller vertical bars together

    Pull the two taller vertical bars together

  8. Tap Done in the bottom-right corner.

Use Third-Party Apps

Although iOS provides a way to speed up video, it sometimes doesn't meet the demand. You'll need to turn to third-party professional video editing software if you're looking for more advanced editing, control, and better quality. Here are some of the best options:

Slow Fast Motion Video Editor

The Slow Fast Motion Video Editor is an easy-to-use video editing app that lets you speed up and slow down your videos. It offers different effects, such as smooth slow motion, fast motion, time-lapse, and stop motion effects, to help you create professional-looking videos with just a few clicks.

More interestingly, you can apply speed variations to different sections of your video clips depending on your needs. The app automatically adjusts the audio pitch and allows you to save a full-resolution video.

BeeCut Video Editor

BeeCut is another powerful video editing app that helps you create professional videos on your iPhone. It allows you to quickly speed up, slow down, and reverse videos and add multiple background songs to videos.

You can also easily add filters, text, titles, and transitions to your project to enhance the overall look of your video. You can also use BeeCut to crop, cut/split, and merge videos, making it a valuable tool for beginner and advanced iPhone video editors.

Video Speed Editor Slow & Fast

Video Speed Editor Slow & Fast is an excellent tool for creating professional-looking videos. The app allows users to divide their video into multiple short clips that need different speeds. Each short clip can be set up to 8x slow or fast motion speeds.

The app also allows users to merge all the short clips back into one and apply various overlay shapes and filter effects for each short clip before merging. Additionally, Video Speed Editor Slow & Fast offers a library of beautiful background music, making creating an engaging and professional-looking video easy.

SloMo Video Editor

SloMo Video Editor lets you control the speed of your videos. With SloMo Video Editor, you can speed up your videos up to 240fps or 12x faster or slow them down to create stunning slow-motion effects.

You can also adjust the speed of your videos from particular frames and even record live videos with speed control options. SloMo Video Editor also lets you add music to your videos and share your edited creations on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms.

Slow Fast Slow

Slow Fast Slow is a video editor that allows you to manipulate the speed of videos you've shot on your iPhone. You can quickly slow down or speed up your videos with an intuitive interactive timeline. You can also add pitch control and clip reversal.

Slow Fast Slow makes importing videos from your Photo Library and editing them quickly. One of the best features is exporting videos in the original ratio or square. Slow Fast Slow is a great video editor for those who want more control over their video editing process.

Tempo Video Editor

Tempo is a video editor that allows you to shoot and speed up video playback on your iPhone. It creates a fast-forward motion effect and can make a slow-motion effect in just a few clicks.

With Tempo, you can easily edit videos with music and pic to create innovative and unique quarantine videos. The Tempo app also offers stylish face stickers to help you further personalise your videos.

How to Adjust Zoom Effects in iMovie on iPhone

The zoom feature in iMovie on your iPhone is an easy and quick way to add extra visual interest to your videos. You can adjust how big or small photos or videos appear on the screen.

Steps to Adjust the Movement of Photos Ken Burns Effect

  1. Open a movie project on your iPhone's iMovie app.
  2. Tap the photo you want to adjust in the timeline.

    The Ken Burns effect controls display in the viewer's lower-right corner.

  3. Tap the Start button to set how the photo is framed at the start.
  4. Pinch to zoom in or out, then drag the image in the viewer to frame it the way you like.
  5. Tap the End button to choose how the shot is framed at the end.
  6. Pinch to zoom in or out, then drag the image in the viewer to frame it the way you like.
  7.  Ken Burns Enabled on iPhone

    Ken Burns Enabled on iPhone

  8. To close the controls, tap outside of the clip.

To turn off the Ken Burns effect for the photo, tap Ken Burns Enabled. To turn on the Ken Burns effect, select Ken Burns Disabled.

Steps to Adjust a Video Clip's Zoom Level

  1. Open a movie project with the iMovie app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on a video clip in the timeline to select it.
  3.  Tap on a video clip in the timeline

    Tap on a video clip in the timeline

  4. Tap the Zoom Control button in the viewer to adjust the viewing area within the clip.
  5. Pinch to zoom in or out, then drag the image in the viewer to resize it.
  6. Tap the Play button to see a preview of your adjustments.
  7.  The Play button

    The Play button

How to Edit Freeze Frame With iMovie?

With the iMovie app on your iPhone, you can edit your videos to add a freeze frame, a single still image that displays the length of your video. This effect is commonly used to create dramatic moments or emphasize a vital scene within your video.

You can change how long a freeze frame lasts or remove it to return the clip to its original length.

To edit a freeze frame in iMovie on iPhone:

  1. Open a movie project with the iMovie software on your iPhone.
  2. Touch and hold a clip in the timeline, and then swipe left or right to find the frame you want to freeze.
  3. When you tap the video clip in the timeline, the inspector will appear at the bottom of the screen.
  4. The inspector

    The inspector

  5. Tap the button for Speed.

    At the bottom of the clip's bottom is a yellow bar with range handles at each end.

  6. Tap Freeze in the inspector.

    The frame at the position of the playhead is frozen, but it is still connected to the source clip at both ends. Drag the yellow range handles to change how long the freeze frame is.

    New Freeze-Frame Range

    New Freeze-Frame Range

  7. To get rid of the freeze frame, tap anywhere in the range of the clip where the freeze frame is, and then tap Freeze in the inspector.

  8. When you're done, tap anywhere else to remove the inspector.

How to Take Photos While Recording Video on an iPhone

You can take a single photo while continuing to record the video. Moreover, you can pause and resume capturing photos during a recording or stop filming and start again.

To take photos while recording video on an iPhone:

  1. Open the Camera app by tapping on it.
  2. Select Video by swiping up from the bottom of the screen (it will be centered above the large circular red button).
  3. To start recording a video, press the red button.
  4. When the video recording process begins, a white circle appears in the bottom-right corner of the screen. It all depends on how you hold the device and whether it's at the top or bottom. Press the white button to take a photo of what's on the screen without stopping the video.

    All still photos you capture while making a video are stored in the Photos app, similar to regular images.


If you're looking for ways to speed up a video on your iPhone without compromising quality, these five unique methods should do the trick! These tips can help you create amazing time-lapse or fast-paced videos without hassle.

If you found this guide helpful, check out our other posts for more tips and tricks on using your iPhone!