How To Add Text in iMovie Using a Typewriter Effect

While there is no typewriter effect title in iMovie, you can easily add it with the help of Keynote. This can appear as text by itself anywhere you want, or you can get creative with more graphics like a search box that appears over your video.

Comments: 7 Responses to “How To Add Text in iMovie Using a Typewriter Effect”

    Ken Vignona
    4 months ago

    Gary, You mentioned in tutorial about the audio keyboard/typing sound that could be downloaded from online. What are some of the sites that you download audio or sound effects from?
    As always another great tutorial. Thanks Ken

    4 months ago

    Ken: I have some old pro collections from the days when I used to do more game development. I don’t have any recommendations for a specific site at the moment. I would search and see what fits your needs.

    Douglas Brace
    4 months ago

    I have started to use Final Cut a little bit more as I work with my Mother to put together recorded worship services. Does Final Cut support (while the steps would be different) this type of effect that is created in Keynote?

    4 months ago

    Douglas: You could do exactly the same thing, with an overlay produced in Keynote. But there may be a title effect like this built into FCP, just look. Also, with FCP you can use Motion to create just about anything you like.

    John Scibal
    4 months ago

    This is really cool. One thing that I struggle with is issues with resolution, size, and pixels in general when working with keynote or any type of images. For example you talk about resolution at 3:40 in this video, but these resolution numbers are greek to me. Do you have any videos on best practices and understanding resolution, image size, and pixels? I have a feeling I’m not the only one who doesn’t understand it very well.

    4 months ago

    John: It is just the number of pixels in the video. A 1920×1080 video is a grid of 1920 pixels (wide) by 1080 pixels (tall). That’s all this means. 1920×1080 is a good standard size.

    Douglas Brace
    4 months ago

    Gary, thank you for your help. I thought that it would also be possible with Final Cut and there are transitions (not just title slides) built into it but sometimes there is just “something” about them that makes us decide not to use them. Plus, there are just so many that it can be daunting to go through the list. I will explore using Motion.

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