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Adding a title

From: iMovie '09 Essential Training

Video: Adding a title

iMovie '09 ships with a set of professionally designed title effects for quickly adding stylish text to your project. These titles can be edited right in place in the Video Preview window. To add a title to your project, first click the Titles button under the Viewer. Now, if you have a selected theme for your project, the Theme Specific titles appear at the top of the browser. Select the title style and drag it onto one of the clips in your project. As you move it over the filmstrip, a highlight appears over its center, left or right edge.

Adding a title

iMovie '09 ships with a set of professionally designed title effects for quickly adding stylish text to your project. These titles can be edited right in place in the Video Preview window. To add a title to your project, first click the Titles button under the Viewer. Now, if you have a selected theme for your project, the Theme Specific titles appear at the top of the browser. Select the title style and drag it onto one of the clips in your project. As you move it over the filmstrip, a highlight appears over its center, left or right edge.

This indicates that you can apply the title across the entire clip, just the front end of the clip or the end of the clip. Here I'm choosing to position the title across the entire clip. So I just release the mouse and the title is applied. You will see I can reposition the title by dragging its bar and I can adjust the duration by dragging the right edge. Now after adding the title, make sure it's selected and then click in the Viewer to select the placeholder text and replace it with your own.

Click Done when you are finished. Because the titles render in real-time, you can just move your pointer back to the start of the project and hit the Spacebar to play. (Music playing.) In addition to theme related titles, iMovie includes several generic title types. Common kind of title is called a Lower Third. That's because it covers the lower third of the screen. Lower Thirds are used to label the subject of a clip without obscuring the subject.

Add and customize Lower Thirds just like you would any other title. Again, just playback to review. (Music playing.) Now, for main project titles, you can add them over the top of your first video clip, but you may prefer to add them with the basic background behind them. I'll go ahead and delete the existing title and let's take a look at this.

What I'll do is I'll select a separate title, in this case Organic Main, and instead of dragging it over the clip, I'll drag it to the space just before the first clip. When you release the mouse, a Background Chooser appears. Here you can select the custom background. Skim across some till you find one you like and then just double-click it to add it your project. You can then edit the title just like you would any other. Click Done when you are finished and playback to review. (Music playing.) In the next lesson, we'll look at how to further customize your titles.

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iMovie '09 Essential Training

60 video lessons · 28098 viewers

Damian Allen
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  1. 6m 25s
    1. Welcome
      1m 31s
    2. What is iMovie?
      3m 23s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 31s
  2. 10m 44s
    1. Importing from memory-based cameras
      5m 8s
    2. Importing from tape-based cameras
      3m 24s
    3. Importing from other sources
      2m 12s
  3. 9m 45s
    1. Skimming your video
      2m 20s
    2. Working in the Event browser
      2m 16s
    3. Merging and splitting events
      1m 51s
    4. Adjusting the date and time of your events
      1m 22s
    5. Marking favorites and rejecting video
      1m 56s
  4. 16m 23s
    1. Creating your project
      4m 33s
    2. Adding selections to your project
      2m 8s
    3. Rearranging and deleting clips
      1m 36s
    4. Using advanced drag-and-drop editing
      1m 56s
    5. Fine-tuning on the fly
      1m 44s
    6. Using the Clip Trimmer
      1m 20s
    7. Playing back your project
      3m 6s
  5. 4m 29s
    1. Applying and modifying transitions
      1m 45s
    2. Adjusting transition duration and style
      2m 44s
  6. 5m 14s
    1. Adding a title
      2m 53s
    2. Editing text properties
      2m 21s
  7. 16m 12s
    1. Changing the volume of a clip
      2m 18s
    2. Searching for music and effects
      2m 45s
    3. Adding background music
      2m 33s
    4. Pinning background music to a video frame
      2m 24s
    5. Ducking the music under speech
      1m 16s
    6. Adding sound effects
      2m 25s
    7. Using the voiceover tool
      2m 31s
  8. 6m 44s
    1. Adding images from iPhoto
      2m 9s
    2. Making your photos move
      4m 35s
  9. 5m 1s
    1. Using the Precision Editor
      2m 6s
    2. Advanced precision editing
      2m 55s
  10. 4m 27s
    1. Adding beat markers to music
      2m 24s
    2. Editing music to the beat
      2m 3s
  11. 12m 35s
    1. Changing the look of your video with effects
      1m 16s
    2. Altering the speed of a clip
      1m 12s
    3. Stabilizing your video
      3m 56s
    4. Adding a freeze frame
      1m 12s
    5. Creating picture-in-picture effects
      1m 44s
    6. Superimposing video with green-screen effects
      3m 15s
  12. 8m 23s
    1. Applying and viewing a theme
      3m 41s
    2. Changing theme element poster frames
      52s
    3. Working with individual theme components
      1m 0s
    4. Applying and editing a map
      2m 50s
  13. 8m 42s
    1. Enhancing color balance with White Point controls
      2m 12s
    2. Enhancing exposure with Levels controls
      3m 36s
    3. Enhancing photos with RGB controls
      1m 28s
    4. Applying adjustments to multiple clips
      1m 26s
  14. 13m 56s
    1. Using the advanced tools
      3m 41s
    2. Understanding keywords
      5m 28s
    3. Using comment markers
      1m 58s
    4. Using the Replace options
      2m 49s
  15. 13m 2s
    1. Publishing to iTunes
      1m 17s
    2. Publishing to your MobileMe Gallery
      4m 7s
    3. Publishing to YouTube
      3m 24s
    4. Accessing your movie in GarageBand, iWeb, and iDVD
      1m 21s
    5. Exporting to the Finder
      1m 50s
    6. Sharing your projects with Final Cut Pro Editors
      1m 3s
  16. 26s
    1. Goodbye
      26s

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