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Creating Titles

What’s a movie without titles? Incomplete. Almost any movie can benefit from text of some kind: opening and closing credits, the superimposed names of people and places, or simply the words “The End” at, well, the end.

iMovie HD’s Titles pane is your ticket to text. You have roughly 50 title styles from which to choose, with customizing opportunities aplenty.

Many of iMovie HD’s title styles are animated, and it isn’t difficult to transcend the bounds of good taste. Use restraint and lean toward classic title styles, such as Centered and Scrolling. When you want something a bit flashier, consider the Animated Gradient style within the Clip to Characters category.

Regardless of the style you choose, you’ll get the best results with sturdy fonts that remain legible despite the limited resolution of television. For example, at small text sizes, Arial Black often works better than Times, which has ornamental serifs that can break up when viewed on a TV set.

You’ll also get the best-looking titles if you choose colors conservatively. Avoid highly saturated hues, especially bright red, which can “bloom” when viewed on a standard-definition TV set. High-definition formats are less prone to these problems, but since your video may still end up being viewed on standard-definition TVs, a conservative approach is smart.

Roll the credits.

To Create a Title

Creating a title involves choosing the title style, specifying title settings, and then dragging the completed title to the timeline.

  • Step 1. Click the Editing button and then the Titles button to display the Titles pane.
  • Step 2. Choose the title style you want by clicking its name. Some title styles are grouped together in a category; to view them, click the triangle next to the category name.
  • Step 3. Specify the title settings.

    See the opposite page for an overview of title settings.

  • Step 4. Add the title by dragging it to the timeline.

Changing a Title

Need to change an existing title? In the timeline, select the title. Next, display the Titles pane and make your changes. Finally, click the Update button in the Titles pane. You can also Control-click on a title and choose Edit Title Settings from the shortcut menu.

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