How To Add Pop-Up Text In iMovie

If you want to go beyond the title text feature in iMovie, you can create your own styled text in Keynote or any image editing tool and use the resulting image as an overlay. Then you can use picture-in-picture keyframes in iMovie to animate the text popping in from one side or scale as it moves. You can use this technique with any transparent image for a variety of effects.

Comments: 8 Responses to “How To Add Pop-Up Text In iMovie”

    Douglas Brace
    3 months ago

    Interesting timing because Macworld released a similar article article on this today.

    3 months ago

    Douglas: I recorded this last week, so…

    Douglas Brace
    3 months ago

    Gary, I was not my intention to say that you copied off them or that they copied off you; only mentioning that you both released something similar on the same day.

    3 months ago

    Douglas: I know. No worries.

    Granville Routledge
    3 months ago

    Great, started to use this idea, but can’t access the key frame buttons. I am in iMovie 10.1.2 Even if I click Picture in Picture, must be dumb!

    3 months ago

    Granville: So you are using 10.1.2? Any reason you aren’t on 10.1.12?

    Granville Routledge
    3 months ago

    Sorry Gary, can’t read either! Yes, I am on 10.1.12. Just tried again, and the buttons have appeared! Weird, Thanks for your great tutorials.

    Ron L
    2 months ago

    Thank You, Gary! I have been using iMovie for years but never learned about this. You have just removed hours of “title” frustration for me. Excellent. Go Dragons!

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