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In iMovie '11 Essential Training, author Garrick Chow illustrates the process of creating high-quality video using iMovie '11. The course covers the entire post-production process, from importing audio, video, and still images to adding effects, creating trailers, and sharing your finished projects on social networks. Also included are tutorials on adjusting audio levels, automatically identifying clips that include faces, and using green screen effects. Exercise files accompany the course.
Now, let's look at iMovie titles. Titles are basically text you can add to your video. And of course, text can be used for everything from showing your project's title to displaying someone's name to placing captions on a scene, or even to add rolling end credits. You will find the titles by clicking the T button to open the Titles pane, and there are 32 types of titles here, covering a wide range of uses and themes. As with transitions, you can preview most titles by rolling your mouse over them, and any titles that have any kind of animation will be displayed. Some of these titles are static, so you won't see any changes, but you will see the majority of these titles do have some kind of animation.
And all you have to do here is find one that's most appropriate for your project and drag it into the clip you want it to appear over. For example, I want a title over the opening shot of my movie, and I kind of like this Pull Focus title here. That kind of blurs the video for the duration of the title. So I am just going to select that. Actually, before I do that, I am going to get rid of the still image at the beginning. We could put titles over still images, but I think it's more impactful to have it over videos, so I am just going to delete that. Now I'll grab the Pull Focus title and drag that over my clip. If you want the title for the entire duration of the clip, you just drop it while the entire clip is highlighted, or you can highlight just the beginning to have the title just over the beginning of the clip. And there it is.
You can see it represented up here in the Project pane, and we have some placeholder text over here, so I will just select that. We will call this Catching Waves and for the subtitle we will just say Ventura, California. So let's see how this looks. (video playing) There it is. Now, it's kind of short for my taste, so all I need to do is grab the right side and just extend it out, and I could really extend this as far as I went over as many clips as I want. So if you do have text that you want to have appear constantly, or for a long period of time during your project, just drag it all the way out.
In this case though, maybe I just wanted to be about 3.5 seconds. Let's see how that looks. (video playing) See we have the nice blurry background, and then it comes back into focus. Now you can't change the positioning of the titles, but you can change their font face and color. So I will select the title and here we can click Show Fonts. That opens up the font picker and this lets you instantly change the font face, color, and font size. Notice as I roll over the different font faces they are changing automatically.
I can try different colors and different sizes. So just click the ones you want. Maybe I want Impact. I kind of like white, so I will click that, and we'll choose size 8. That's all there is to it. Now you can also choose from the fonts installed on your Mac by clicking the System Font Panel. Now we do have to highlight the text here if wanted to see the effects. I am going to click on there. But now we can just select any fonts that are installed on our systems. Just beware that you may have some fonts installed in your system that won't work with iMovie. In those rare cases, you will just have to pick another font.
I do prefer my original choice. I am going to go back to the iMovie Font panel and change that back to Impact, white, and 8, and click Done. Now lastly, titles don't necessarily have to go over existing video. If I drag say the Scrolling Credits to the end of my project--scroll down a little bit--notice I can now select from several backgrounds. Rolling over a background gives me a preview of it in the viewer, and some of these are animated backgrounds. So, like, maybe water would be appropriate for this one, so I will choose that one, and I am going to preview that so you can see what it looks like. You can see that animation going on in the background there.
And if you change your mind on what background you want to use, just double-click it and you can choose from any other one you like. I am kind of like the Underwater though, so I will keep that, and now way have these credits rolling at the end of our project. And of course, if I wanted to edit those, I would just click the title and come in here and edit the text as necessary. So that's working with titles in iMovie.
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