Using Titles in iMovie 10

Adding titles to your movies in iMovie 10 adds a touch of professionalism. Before you start using the titles in iMovie, you'll need to start a new project. This opens the timeline, where you'll add the titles that you select. Depending on the theme you choose, different titles are available.

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Getting Started With iMovie 10 Titles

Screenshot of adding titles in iMovie


There are a number of preset basic titles in iMovie 10, as well as stylized titles for each of the video themes. Access the titles in 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 you can't mix the titles from different themes in 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
  • Credits, for identifying the people involved in making the movie.
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Adding Titles to iMovie 10

Screenshot of adding titles in iMovie


When you've selected the title that you like, 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 in the timeline.

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

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 the editing options open up in the Adjust window. There are only 10 font options preinstalled in iMovie, but at the bottom of the list you can select Show Fonts..., which opens up your computer's font library, and you can use anything that's installed there. 

One nice feature, design-wise, is that you don't have to use the same font, size or color in the titles that are two lines. 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

Screenshot of editing a title 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

The titles in iMovie 10 can feel limiting at times. If you want to design something that goes beyond the capability of any of the preset titles, you have a few options. For a static title, you could design something in Photoshop or another image-editing software, and then import and use it in iMovie.

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