MacMost Now 328: Custom Titles in iMovie 09

If you want to go beyond the default titles built into iMovie 09, you can create your own titles in a graphic editor. You can bring them into iMovie as titles between clips, or as overlays on top of existing video.

Comments: 40 Responses to “MacMost Now 328: Custom Titles in iMovie 09”

    soundog
    9 years ago

    Awesome! Just what I needed to add labels to a product demo video. Thanks!!!

    Kevin
    9 years ago

    I tried doing what you did with the custom video bar at the bottom, and it works like great when I’m previewing it in the timeframe, but when I publish (as HD), the opacity is lost and I get a big black box covering my screen. any suggestions?

      9 years ago

      That’s odd. Perhaps try a different graphic to confirm whether or not it is that particular image? I’ve never run into your problem before, so I can’t imagine what could be causing it.

        Kevin
        9 years ago

        It doesn’t seem to be the graphic. I merely made a white bar in photoshop at the bottom of the screen, made the background layer transparent, and I have two small logos on the bottom bar. I’m messing around with different variables now seeing what happens. I wish there was a different quicker method to check each variable, but its 10-15 minutes to publish each time (to the worst setting). I’ll keep you informed.

        Kevin
        9 years ago

        I don’t know what I’m doing wrong here. I got rid of the background entirely, saved as a PNG, even did a save for web to be sure the png would be transparent. Still getting the black box around the small bar (since the size is set to 1280X720). I’m not sure if it’s the player i’m using, or what. Very frustrating…

        Kevin
        9 years ago

        AHH. I literally mimicked EVERYTHING you did. Even installed seashore. No Luck. I’m pulling out my hair trying to figure this out

          9 years ago

          I wish I could help — but it is hard to do from messages. I’m sure if you played around with it enough you would find the difference.

            Sean Roach
            9 years ago

            Is there a way to insert a blank transparent overlay png, and then write over it in iMovie, essentially making three layers?

              9 years ago

              So you mean the first layer is the video, the second is a picture-in-picture overlay, and the third is a text title? Yes. That works.

                Lauren Rogers
                8 years ago

                How does that work. I inserted a picture on top of a video and now I want to add an arrow on to the picture and it doesn’t give me the option to do a picture in picture in picture.

                  8 years ago

                  You can only do one picture-in-picture at a time. So use an image editing tool (Photoshop, perhaps) to compose an image that has both the initial picture and the arrow.

    Derrick
    9 years ago

    Is there a way to do custom transitions with the overlays other than the simple fade in/fade out similar to the other titles?

    Chriseggs
    9 years ago

    This is a great tutorial! So easy! It worked perfectly with Photoshop I was able to delete the middle of my image to apply a custom border with viedo in the middle. Thanks.

    Luke
    8 years ago

    I am having the same problem w/ seashore. But I think it may be because of the newer version as used in episode 423 with the different operating setup? What would be different about using this new seashore in making the title that you demo’ed?

      8 years ago

      Is there a step that isn’t matching what I have shown? Try to follow it exactly, and let me know where something looks difference so I can identify which part is causing the trouble.

    Luke
    8 years ago

    I meant to say the same problem as kevin had.

    Luke
    8 years ago

    I figured it out. You don’t have to create so many layers. All that needs to be done is create the box, fill it with 50% opaque(of the exact color consistency you want), then add the text at 100% opaque. And of course export it in the same manner as shown in the video.

    Keagan
    8 years ago

    hey, im trying to do exactly what you are showing. I have iMovie 09.
    But when i try to drag the image over the video, there is no option to “Picture in picture”. Just “Replace” and “Insert”. Please help!

      8 years ago

      It sounds like you haven’t turned on Advanced Tools in the iMovie preferences.

    Lauren
    8 years ago

    I’m having the same problem as Kevin and Luke. The black box only appears when I select “Fit”. If I select “Crop”, it works, but then it DOESNT fit, and it’s blurry.

    Luke, I tried doing what you said and not creating as many layers, which didn’t make a difference.

    I also have the newest version of Seashore. Any suggestions?

    Lauren
    8 years ago

    I wish I could delete my last comment, because I tried what Luke said a second time and it worked. I must have missed something the first time. Thank you!

    BeeFrank
    8 years ago

    When I use the picture in picture for my transparent png file from photoshop, i can see it fine when my scrubber is over the section of the video that has the png inserted, but when i go to play it, the png doesn’t appear. yet, if i start to play the video from the point where my scrubber is over the png section, it is perfectly visible. Am i missing something? and when i export to itunes to preview it, the png will appear, but a black box appears over the background image. What is going on?

      8 years ago

      Keep in mind that the preview inside of iMovie is just a preview — meaning that it is a real-time rendering that gives you an idea of what the final product will look like. So don’t worry about how it looks in the preview. Export to find out how it really looks.
      As for the black box, play with the cropping (Crop vs. Fixed).

    John
    8 years ago

    I can’t seem to get it transparent at all, with the old or newer Seashore.. I was so looking forward to using this for lower thirds. I think I’ve tried everything, I’ve watched the video 4x, I tried what Luke said as well. Not sure what else to try, I’m using iMovie ’09.

      8 years ago

      Maybe try using something other than Seashore then. Or, find a friend who knows how to use Photoshop or something similar to help.

    katrina
    8 years ago

    Thanks for this tutorial. Is there a way to add custom images (via the transparent PNG method) on TOP of the custom imovie titles? I’m using iMovie 08 and it seems it only allows one or the other?

    katrina
    8 years ago

    oos i meant on top of the STOCK iMovie titles

      8 years ago

      You can combine picture-in-picture and titles, yes. The titles always appear on top of the images, though. But you can simply avoid that by putting the titles in a different area of the screen so they don’t’ conflict.
      (I’m talking about iMovie 11, not sure what was possible in the old old version, but try it).

    Stephanie
    8 years ago

    Thanks for the tutorial.

    The issue I am having is that the text in my .png file comes out blurry in the video. The .png image is the same size as the HD export for the video. I exported the video to check what it will actually look like and it is definitely blurry. Any ideas?

    Also, I have read on another tutorial that there’s a bug in iMovie 09 where if you switch from Ken Burns to fit or cropped, then it puts in a black opaque box. So, you can keep it on Ken Burns and just make the start and end size the same.

    Jojogoose
    7 years ago

    Thank you SO much! I’ve been looking for this solution for what seems like an age! Very much appreciated ;D

    Ron
    7 years ago

    Gary… LOVE your videos… Question, can you have more than one picture in picture in one project. iMovie will not give me the option? Also my transitions go gray if I have the pnp spread over the transition…

    I am trying to get an image to remain on the entire video (like a watermark)… I thought this was my solution but maybe not??

      7 years ago

      Only one picture-in-picture in iMovie at a time. Can’t stretch effects over transitions either.

        Ron
        7 years ago

        Any suggestions for putting a watermark on an entire video?

          7 years ago

          In your case, export the finished product. Then bring that back into a new iMovie project and add a picture-in-picture watermark or use titles to add a watermark. Then export again.

    Ron
    7 years ago

    Works great Gary!! Really appreciate all of the personal attention.

    Berry
    7 years ago

    when I add a picture over picture, it works fine till I added it and change it to fit, then it loses it’s transparency. any suggestions?

      7 years ago

      Don’t change it to “fit” just resize it using the corners and it should be OK.

    Angie
    7 years ago

    Is it possible to add a custom title over a default title from iMovie? I made a title/label in SS and tried adding it over the “Scrolling Credits” title from iMovie, but there is no option for picture-on-picture. Am I doing something wrong or is it just not possible?

      7 years ago

      You cannot have two effects at the same time in iMovie.

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