Using Titles in iMovie 10

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Getting Started With iMovie Titles

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iMovie comes with titles for introducing your video, identifying people and places, and crediting contributors.

Before you start using the titles in iMovie, you'll need to start a new project. This will open the timeline, where you'll add the titles that your select. Also, depending on the theme you choose, different titles will be available.

There are a number of pre-set basic titles in iMovie 10, as well as stylized titles for each of the video themes. The titles can be accessed through the Content Library, on the bottom left of the iMovie window. The themed titles are only accessible if you've selected that theme for your video, and unfortunately, you can't mix any of the titles from different themes within the same project.

The main types of titles in iMovie are centered titles, which are good for introducing the name of your film; lower thirds, which can be used for identifying people and places; and credits, for identifying the people involved in making the movie.

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Adding Titles to iMovie 10

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Add titles to iMovie, then adjust their location or length.

When you've selected the title that you like, just drag and drop it into your iMovie project. It will show up there in purple. By default, the title will be 4 seconds long, but you can extend it as far as you want by dragging either end.

If the title isn't overlaid on a video clip, it will have a black background. You can change this by adding an image from the Maps & Backgrounds section of the Content Library.

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Editing Titles in iMovie 10

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You can edit the font, color and size of titles in iMovie.

You can change the font, color and size of any of the titles. Just double click on the title in the timeline, and you're editing options will open up in the Adjust window. There are only 10 font options pre-installed in iMovie, but at the bottom of the list you can select Show Fonts... This will open up your computer's font library, and you can use anything that's installed there. 

One nice feature, design-wise, is that in the titles that are two lines, you don't have to use the same font, size or color. This gives you a lot of freedom for making creative titles for your videos. Unfortunately, you can't move the titles around on the screen, so you're stuck with the predetermined location. 

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Layering Titles in iMovie

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You can layer two titles on top of each other in iMovie.

One of the limitations of iMovie is that the timeline only supports two video tracks. Each title counts as one track so, if you have video in the background, you can only have one title on screen at a time. Without a background, it's possible to layer two titles on top of each other, which gives you more options for creativity and customization. 

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Other Options for Titles in iMovie

Like other parts of the program, the titles in iMovie can feel limiting at times. If you want to design something that goes beyond the capability of any of the pre-set titles, you have a few options. For a static title, you could design something in photoshop or other image editing software, and them import and use it in iMovie.

If you want an animated title, you could export your project to Final Cut Pro, which offers many more ways to create and edit titles. Or, if you have access to Motion or Adobe AfterEffects, you could either of those programs to create a title from scratch. Or, download template from Video Hive or Video Blocks, and use that as the basis for making your video titles.