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iMovie: The Missing Manual by Aaron Miller, David Pogue

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Chapter 10. Titles, Subtitles, and Credits

Text superimposed over film footage is incredibly common in the film and video worlds. You’d be hard-pressed to find a single movie, TV show, or commercial that doesn’t have titles, captions, or credits. In fact, one telltale sign that you’re watching an amateur video is the absence of superimposed text.

In iMovie, the term title refers to any kind of text effect: titles, credits, subtitles, copyright notices, and so on. You don’t need to be nearly as economical in your use of titles as you are with, say, transitions. Transitional effects interfere with something that stands perfectly well on its own—your footage. When you superimpose text on video, on the other hand, the audience is much more likely to accept your intrusion. You’re introducing this new element for their benefit, to convey information you couldn’t transmit otherwise.

Moreover, as you’ll see, most of iMovie’s text effects are far more focused in purpose than its transition selections, so you’ll have little trouble choosing the optimum text effect for a particular editing situation. For example, the Scrolling Credits effect rolls a list of names slowly up the screen—an obvious candidate for the close of your movie.

Add Titles

Adding text to your movie involves choosing a style for your title, positioning it, adding the text, and then choosing the type style. Here are the steps in detail.

Choose a Title Style

With your project open, start by choosing Window→Content Library→Titles ...

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