How to Add Text to a Movie in iMovie 10

Spruce up your iMovie creation with titles and subtitles

Making your own movies is getting easier and easier. If you shoot movies on your iPhone, you can transfer those footage directly to iMovie on your Mac and edit it. If you want to take your movie to the next level, you can add text to it, such as titles and subtitles. Here’s how to add text to your iMovie 10 movie.

The instructions in this article apply to iMovie 10 on macOS Catalina (10.15.x).

Add a title to your movie

Before you can edit your video, you need to import the footage into iMovie. To add a title to the footage you imported, follow these steps:

Drag the footage you imported into the iMovie timeline (the bottom window of the iMovie interface).

To select Securities above the Browser (the top window of the iMovie interface).

Upload footage to iMovie

Preview each heading style by hovering over its thumbnail. Choose the style you want, then drag it above the clip in the video timeline where you want the title to appear. The title appears in the timeline as a text overlay.

Drag iMovie titles to the movie timeline

In the browser, double-click the text box to make the text editable.

Double-click title text in iMovie browser

Type your title. Use the toolbar above the browser to adjust the font, text size, text alignment, character formatting, and color until the title is perfect. When you are done, press Walk in on the keyboard.

Add and format a title for your movie

Position the title so that it is in the right place in your movie. Place the left edge of the text overlay box where you want the title to appear, then drag the right edge of the box. The text box expands and numbers appear to indicate how long the text remains on the screen.

Specifying how long movie titles display in the iMovie timeline

Instead of overlaying the text on your movie, make the title appear between video clips. To do this, instead of placing the title bar above the footage in the timeline, drag it inside the timeline where you want it to appear.

Drag the iMovie title to the beginning of the sequence screenshot

Add a subtitle to your movie

Adding a subtitle in iMovie 10 is a little trickier than adding a title due to a limitation of the app. Namely, subtitles usually appear at the bottom center of the screen and iMovie does not support this location.

To add a subtitle to your movie, you first need to find a title you can live with. Many options have ripple effects or crossfades. Choose something static. To add a subtitle to your movie, follow these steps:

To select Official. A text box appears at the bottom of your movie in the browser.

There may be other options, but Official is a good default choice.

Add a subtitle to your movie by selecting the Format title type

In the browser, select the text box, then enter a subtitle for your movie.

Type a subtitle for your movie in the browser

Adjust the font, size, alignment, and color until the text looks the way you want.

Match the subtitle with the on-screen speech. Place the left edge of the caption text box where you want the text to appear, then drag the right edge until you reach the length of time you want the text to stay there. ‘screen.

Adjust subtitle duration in iMovie


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Jazz up your iMovie creation with titles and subtitles

Making your own movies is becoming easier all the time. If you shoot movies on your iPhone, you can transfer that footage straight to iMovie on your Mac and edit it. If you want to take your movie to the next level, you can add text to it, such as titles and subtitles. Here’s how to add text to your iMovie 10 movie.

Instructions in this article apply to iMovie 10 on macOS Catalina (10.15.x).
Add a Title to Your Movie

Before you can edit your video, you must import the footage to iMovie. To add a title to the footage you imported, complete the following steps:

Drag the footage you imported to the iMovie timeline (the bottom window in the iMovie interface).

Select Titles above the browser (the top window in the iMovie interface).

View a preview of each title style by hovering over its thumbnail. Choose the style you want, then drag it above the clip in the video timeline where you want the title to appear. The title appears in the timeline as a text overlay.

In the browser, double-click the text box to make the text editable.

Type your title. Use the toolbar above the browser to adjust the font, text size, text alignment, character formatting, and color until the title looks just right. When you’re done, press Enter on the keyboard.

Position the title so that it’s in the right place in your movie. Place the left edge of the text overlay box where you want the title to appear, then drag the right edge of the box. The text box grows longer, and numbers appear to indicate how long the text stays on screen.

As an alternative to overlaying the text on your movie, make the title appear between video clips. To do so, instead of placing the title bar above the footage in the timeline, drag it inside the timeline where you want it to appear.

Add a Subtitle to Your Movie

Adding a subtitle in iMovie 10 is a bit trickier than adding a title because of a limitation of the application. Namely, subtitles typically appear at the bottom-center of the screen, and iMovie doesn’t accommodate that placement.

To add a subtitle to your movie, you must first find a title you can live with. Many of the options have wobbling effects or fade in and out. Choose something static. To add a subtitle to your movie, complete the following steps:

Select Formal. A text box appears at the bottom of your movie in the browser.

There may be other options, but Formal is a good default choice.

In the browser, select the text box, then type a subtitle for your movie.

Adjust the font, size, alignment, and color until the text looks the way you want it to.

Match the subtitle with the speech on screen. Place the left edge of the subtitle text box where you want the text to appear, then drag the right edge until you achieve the length of time you want the text to stay on screen.

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