MacMost Now 427: Creating iMovie Templates

You can create iMovie projects that serve as templates for a future video or series. You can include titles, sequences and placeholders. Instead of starting from scratch with a new video project, you can then duplicate the template.

Comments: 27 Responses to “MacMost Now 427: Creating iMovie Templates”

    Macsessions
    9 years ago

    Gary – really great piece. You’re thinking out of the ‘box’ – I like it!

    Edward Walsh
    9 years ago

    Hi Gary:

    I really found this episode very interesting as I enjoy doing video editing, etc. Presently I am confined to doing it in Windows :-( until I am able to replace my computer in September/October with a 27″ iMac.

    That being said, I was wondering if the info you provide in this episode (all episodes for that fact) is discussed in your publication “Guide to Switching to the Mac”? Looking at the list of contents for your book it does cover iMovie, iPhoto, etc. but like most books I am thinking that it is the usual ‘basic’ features that make it to print. Or am I wrong (which I hope)?

    Thanks as always. Really glad I found your site as I begin my transition back to Mac.

    All the best….

    Edward Walsh
    Marystown, Newfoundland
    Canada

      9 years ago

      The MacMost Guide to Switching to the Mac is a beginners book, yes. Not all of the topics I cover in videos are in the book. And there are some topics I cover in the book that I have never done a video about.

    Stormy
    9 years ago

    I watched this episode yesterday and I was like, [forehead slap] – If I had known about this months ago, I could have saved myself SO MUCH TIME!! So thanks for posting this. I’m about to start production on another batch of videos and it is going to save me SO MUCH TIME!!

    Matt Thomas
    9 years ago

    I am a youtubber and a mac user, this will be a good way, thanks for this video.. I watch everything you have made.. awesome job

    Greg
    9 years ago

    thanks Gary, I can definitely use this !!!!

    Michael
    9 years ago

    Gary,
    Thank you. This solved a problem I had been trying to work out-Thanks :)

    Jessica
    9 years ago

    Thanks, Gary! You are awesome! Your videos are so helpful and this one is no exception. I’ve learned a lot.

    BostonProfe
    9 years ago

    you rock!

    DP
    8 years ago

    Hi Gary, thanks for the video. Question on importing videos into iMovie 11: I use Handbrake to convert the m2ts videos from my Sony HDR-SR12 camcorder so that I can import the movies/clips into iMovie. Once I start importing the movies into iMovie, which usually takes 8 to 10 hrs, the screensaver/display does not go to sleep even though the settings is configured for a minute. The importing of movies is taking longer as I am importing Soccer games. Apple support told me that the iMac not sleeping during the import is normal, as iMovie is using the graphics card. Any suggestions?

      8 years ago

      Sounds right to me. 8 to 10 hours? Wow. When you convert in Handbrake, what are you converting to? Maybe try converting to something as close as possible to what iMovie uses. So the iMovie import doesn’t take as long because there is less to do.

    Coach Rollie
    8 years ago

    Thank you for this! It’s going to save me so much time when doing my workout videos for my site. I wish I would have found this about a month ago. I was manually recreating the intro titles each time. Thanks again!

    Claire
    8 years ago

    You posted a link to this on a different thing and said it was all about how you put pre-recorded videos into a imovie!! But guess what hahaha its NOT! Can you please make a video on just that cause you said you did before and haha you DIDN’T!

      8 years ago

      I’m not sure what link you are referring to. Can you explain what, exactly, you are looking for and I will try to help.

    Francina
    8 years ago

    Hi Gary, just purchased my first mac, can you recommend any great spots for free downloads of additional iMovie themes and/or trailers. I watch your video and will try to create my own…but curious to know if there are ways to increase the limited options that came with the mac.

      8 years ago

      You really can’t add any “themes” to iMovie.

    Eric S.
    8 years ago

    This is great! We make our videos with a intro and outro video sequence. I have been dragging both clips into each new project. This will defiantly save some time. Thanks!

    Chris
    8 years ago

    Hi Gary. Thanks for the great videos. I’ve run into a problem with iMovie 11 and titles in projects that I’ve duplicated. I currently have 4 versions of a movie (my own versioning system for when I’m making major changes and may want to go back to the previous version) Even though I duplicate the most recent version of the movie, the title text always reverts to the original project’s title text. The video, audio, and photos are fine – it’s just that the title modifications aren’t being saved. Any thoughts?

      8 years ago

      I’ve seen that happen before, but only a few times. I Duplicate projects all the time so I know it works fine most of the time. There is probably something that triggers it, but I don’t know what.

    S.Kalya
    8 years ago

    Thx for your suggestion.

    Dante Hamilton
    8 years ago

    Gary, do you know where or how I can create a great Crowd Funding iMovie template? For instance say I was about to post a project on Kickstarter.com. But I needed to make a “kick-ass” video. Is there a template somewhere that I can use for making this type of video in iMovie? If not, can I make one?

      8 years ago

      I’m not sure what you are looking for. A video like that would be like anything else you would make — you create something to fit the content, to tell the story, whatever. I don’t see how a template would be useful there.

    Rick fry
    7 years ago

    Imovies trailor. Do you know how to customise or create new iMovie trailors. I want to set a challenge for a group to produce an iMovie trailor and there is not one that I like

      7 years ago

      I’m not quite sure I understand what you mean. You can produce all sorts of iMovie trailers. Maybe you mean templates for those trailers? If so, no, you can’t make your own templates. You have to use one of the built-in templates. If you don’t want to use those, just start a blank iMovie project and build something from scratch.

        Rick fry
        7 years ago

        Yes I do mean templates for the trailers. Its a shame if it can’t be done because so many people could make trailer templates. One day they might open this up.

        Thanks for your prompt reply

    Perry
    7 years ago

    Thank you, Gary! This was incredibly helpful! We are launching a massive, video review website and being able to implement a generic template for each video saves about 4-5min per video. Multiply that times 1,000 and we have a LOT of saved hours :-)

    Rebecca
    7 years ago

    This was very helpful and clear. Thanks for the information!

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