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  1. Kurt
    May 2, 2015

    For an ‘easy’ app I find iMovie on Mac to be incredibly overly complicated, and this walkthrough is a pretty good demonstration of that. Why is it so hard to just make it like editing a picture? Select a font tool and click on the video, drag what frames you want it to be there, done.

    iMovie on the iPhone is slightly better, but still a total mystery.

  2. Howie Isaacks
    May 2, 2015

    I use iMovie to create a lot of how-tos and demo movies. While it’s nice to be able to add text, I don’t like the lack of control I have over exactly where the text is placed, or how it behaves. Maybe I don’t want the text to move, or to fade out, etc. I decided to start creating title slides instead. This allows me to announce each section of the video, and have complete control over the text.

  3. Howie Isaacks
    May 2, 2015

    OK… I just figured out the solution to what I was just now griping about :) I created a PNG file with a transparent background. The PNG has the desired text in it. I dragged it into my movie, and placed it on top of the video. Now I can put the text anywhere want, have it stay as long as I want, and not fade in or out. Pretty darn cool!

    • Greg
      November 13, 2015

      How did you do this?

    • Simon
      February 15, 2017

      Fantastic, thank you very much for this solution!

  4. Fnordmeister
    May 2, 2015

    I’m glad I’m not the only person who’s wondered why you save a movie with “Share”.

  5. Charlotte
    May 30, 2015

    Thanks for a good intro. However the Content Library does not give me an option of adding titles – any clues? I have cropping, sounds, video effects etc… Pls help! :-)

  6. kristen
    August 13, 2016

    Hello, great tips here, thank you! I haven’t tried it yet and will do so now, however, how do I place my verbiage small and at the BOTTOM? Client wants it at bottom throughout. I also have to figure out how to leave voiceover but replace video with a brochure scrolling from top to bottom (have made one imovie in my life but love it!) Thank you in advance, for these 2 tips!

  7. Martin
    September 7, 2016

    Yes – thanks for that basic overview. It was just what I needed.

  8. vicky hay
    October 16, 2016

    Wouldn’t most people like to have a title page at the start of a video and maybe some credits at the end? WHY is it impossible to find, anywhere, a clear explanation of how to do that…an explanation that works????

  9. Sterling Holobyte
    December 9, 2016

    I thought that there was no “Save” option because everything you do in iMovie is saved automatically.
    At least, that is what I read somewhere, and when I have closed out a project I am working on, it was always there when I opened up iMovie again.

    Then you “Share” it when you are ready to export it somewhere.

    That has been my experience anyway.

  10. Chris
    January 3, 2017

    Is there a way to edit text you put in a movie after its saved? Thanks

  11. Robert Michaels
    May 15, 2017

    Great tips and very helpful tutorial! I use this tool to add text to videos on my PC but I couldn’t find similar tool for my Mac. Thank you very much for solving my problem :)

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