2 Cool Tricks That You Can Do With iMovie

iMovie has become in one of the most famous programs to edit video in the world thanks to its multiple options, direct approach and the fact that you can get full access to the software for free. 

If your are an iMovie user and you want to take the best of this software, there are two awesome tricks that you should to know.

1.) Add subtitles in iMovie

iMovie include so many styles of subtitles so you can add professional effects to your videos. There are a lot of reasons to add subtitles to your videos and movies, for example, maybe you downloaded a Spanish video from Youtube and you want to add it subtitles so your friends can understand, or maybe you just want to add some value to your video by applying professional titles effects and credits to your homemade video. In any case, subtitles are important in a good movie.

How to add subtitles in iMovie step-by-step:

Step 1: Open your iMovie project

Step 2: Select a title style and apply it

Make sure that you’re open your project. To add a new project go to Files -> New Project. Now you need to start dragging video clips from the project browser.

In your right menu select “Titles” to add a title. You can preview the style of the title by mousing over the image. Now select the style that more like you and apply it by dragging it over the project in the exact place that you want to add it.

If you want to add subtitles between two video clips, drag the style until appear a green bar before de clip. After you realise the mouse, a pop-up window will ask you that select a background for your subtitles.

Select the background the more like you and you should see the subtitles in your project.

Step 3: Include text to your titles

Your text will highlight in the viewer so you can edit it and write whatever you want on it.

For subtitles between video clips, you can preview it and it will see like this:

Subtitles in video clips will see like this:

Now you need to repeat this process and add as many subtitles you need. If you want the subtitles duration in iMovie, you can double click the title and change its duration through the “inspector” or just drag the button to change its position and duration.

Note: If you want to change the titles font, go to Show Fonts -> Change Fonts and then you should be able to change the colour, style, design and size.

2.) Create a Time Lapse Video Clip With iMovie

Create a Time Lapse Video Clip With iMovie
A time lapse is a video clip based in statics photos that are taken every x seconds, minutes or hours, then are mounted in some video editor (In this case iMovie) and is established the duration of each image or speed the video clip reproduction to have an accelerated image effect.

When it comes time lapse creation you can use different applications. Any video editor will work. In OSX we can use iMovie, the official video editor that own Macs.

The process is very simple.

Step 1: Take the photos and import them in iMovie

You can take as many photos as you want with your iPhone, iPad, Professional camera, etc. Is recommendable to make corrections of color, brightness and contrast. Then import them to your iMovie library. (You should create a new event for all these Photos.)

Step 2: Now you need to get access to the iPhoto section where you can see your imported photos. Select your event and then drag all your photos and drop them in the timeline of your project.

Step 3: iPhoto apply by default the Ken Burns effect. To eliminate it, place your cursor over the image, access to “Adjusts” and then click in Trim, Ken Burns and rotation. Select the option Trim and then edit the image in order to eliminate the black borderlines and adjust it to the screen in 16:9 format.

Step 4: Now you only need to edit the duration of each image. The minimum value that iMovie accept is 0,1 seconds. After you finish your edition, export the video clip.

In summary:
Those tricks are just a little portion of what you can do with iMovie, even if you have experience with this software always there is something new to learn, all it comes practice and experiment with the tool bar, so don’t worry if you screw up a couple of video clips.

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