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iMovie '09 is a powerful video editing tool that is part of Apple's iLife suite. In iMovie '09 Essential Training, Damian Allen takes new and intermediate users through the steps to create professional-looking video. Damian covers the whole editing process, from importing audio, video, and image files to adding text and graphics. He also teaches several ways to share a finished piece with others. Exercise files accompany the course.
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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