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Learn iMovie Week: Add narrative information using titles

Learn iMovie Week reaches 11 and shows how to use iMovie’s Titles browser to add extra information to your edited sequences

When we edit a video, we can’t take the viewer’s knowledge of the show’s subject matter for granted, especially if we’re sharing it in a public place like YouTube. Your video’s audience will want to know who they are watching, as well as where and when the action takes place. Titles also give credit to the video maker! You could add this type of information using a voice over, or cover it in an interview with one of the programme’s subjects. An easier and quicker way to communicate with your audience is to add themed titles from iMovie’s wide collection of post-production graphics. Here’s how to enhance your movies with some well-made titles…

1: Choose a theme

To access extra animated titles go to File>New Project and choose a theme like Bulletin Board. Don’t tick Automatically add transitions and titles. Click Create.


2: Import clips

Choose File>Import Movies and browse to the Titles source clips folder that you can download from our Tutorial Files page. Create a new event. Tick Optimize video and choose Large – 960×540.

3: Where and when

Drag Shot 1 to the Project window. From the Titles browser, drag Bulletin Board onto the first shot. Edit the text in the main viewer.

4: Change duration

Drag the title bar’s end point to shorten its duration to four seconds. Add Shot 2. From the Transition browser, drag Bulletin Board 2 between the shots.

5: Add name bar

Drag Lower Third 2 from the Titles browser onto shot 2. Extend the title to five seconds. Drag it to overlap shots 2 and 3. Edit the text.

6: Add themed transition

Add Shot 4. Use the Bulletin Board 2 transition to change from one location to another. Drag the Lower Third 2 title onto the mosque shot and edit it.

7: End credits

Drop the last shot into the project window and drag a Credits 1 title over it. Most programmes name check the filmmaker, so give credit where it’s due.

8: Final transition

Pop another Bulletin Board 2 transition between the last two shots to keep the scene change looking consistent. The transitions and titles complement each other.

9: Music

Any title sequence worth its salt will be accompanied by music that helps set the mood or scene. The Sanskrit jingle contributes an exotic foreign vibe!

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This tutorial is the eleventh in our Learn iMovie Week series; for more articles just like this, visit the Learn iMovie Week tag. At the end of the week, we’ll be giving away a prize to one lucky person who gets in touch with a question or problem related to iMovie on Mac or iOS. To get involved, simply tweet your question, plus the hashtag #LearniMovieWeek, to @iCreateMagazine or post on our Facebook wall.