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Adding titles

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Video: Adding titles

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.

Adding titles

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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iMovie 11 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 44s
    1. Welcome
      45s
    2. Using the exercise files
      59s
  2. 1m 6s
    1. Making sure you have the latest version of iMovie
      1m 6s
  3. 19m 13s
    1. Types of connections
      1m 58s
    2. Importing from a tape-based camera
      5m 40s
    3. Importing from a memory-based camera
      4m 8s
    4. Importing from a digital still camera
      3m 31s
    5. Importing from other sources
      2m 24s
    6. Capturing live action
      1m 32s
  4. 11m 55s
    1. Interface overview
      2m 8s
    2. The Event Library and Event Browser
      4m 9s
    3. Selecting and adding clips to a project
      3m 3s
    4. The toolbar
      2m 35s
  5. 23m 53s
    1. Organizing events
      4m 28s
    2. Rating clips
      3m 26s
    3. Advanced rating tools
      2m 34s
    4. Tagging with keywords
      5m 6s
    5. Automatically finding people in your clips
      2m 15s
    6. Moving events to a different hard drive
      2m 15s
    7. Deleting unwanted clips from your hard drive
      3m 49s
  6. 26m 40s
    1. Creating a new project
      2m 36s
    2. Adding clips to the project
      5m 46s
    3. Trimming and slip edits
      3m 40s
    4. Fine-tuning clips
      2m 6s
    5. Splitting clips
      3m 0s
    6. Cropping and rotating
      5m 11s
    7. The advanced Edit tool
      2m 14s
    8. Using a traditional timeline
      2m 7s
  7. 51m 55s
    1. Creating and adjusting still clips
      3m 22s
    2. Incorporating photos
      5m 48s
    3. Adjusting color
      5m 51s
    4. Using transitions
      9m 5s
    5. Adding titles
      4m 1s
    6. Using one-step effects
      2m 14s
    7. Stabilizing video
      5m 7s
    8. Using green screen effects
      7m 0s
    9. Creating movie trailers
      9m 27s
  8. 36m 21s
    1. Adjusting audio levels and position
      6m 8s
    2. Adding music and sound effects
      7m 15s
    3. Adding background music
      6m 48s
    4. Adding a voiceover
      5m 4s
    5. Extracting audio from other clips
      2m 58s
    6. Editing to the beat
      8m 8s
  9. 35m 11s
    1. Exporting to iTunes
      4m 58s
    2. Exporting to the Media Browser
      3m 37s
    3. Sharing to iDVD
      51s
    4. Publishing to a MobileMe web gallery
      4m 26s
    5. Publishing to YouTube, Vimeo, and iReport
      4m 39s
    6. Publishing to Facebook
      2m 49s
    7. Exporting QuickTime movies
      2m 29s
    8. Exporting a project for Final Cut
      2m 26s
    9. Changing published projects
      57s
    10. Finalizing your project
      2m 5s
    11. Moving a project to another Mac
      5m 54s
  10. 41s
    1. Goodbye
      41s

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