How to Add Text to iMovie on Mac and iPhone

Monday July 19, 2021 11:15 AM PDT by Karen Greene

Storytellers and creators leave no stone unturned for augmenting the depth of their videos. Sometimes the intended impact and the effect fizzle out due to a variety of reasons.

Both external and internal reasons can hamper the desired message that the producer wants to convey. As a result, text plays a crucial role in binding the video and bridging the communication gap.

Add text to the videos with iMovie and leave the worrying hat outside. With iMovie, editing of any sort is a breeze, thanks to its user-friendliness and a package of trending tools.

How to Add Text to iMovie on Mac

Let’s start with the big boys. With a mouse pointer and a large monitor, editing on iMovie would be an effortless task.

Step 1. Launch iMovie and create a new project by clicking on the Create New button. Select the movie option, and you will have a blank canvas.

Create New Project

Create New Project

Step 2. Time to import the video. You can drag and drop directly in the timeline. On the other hand, we can also manually browse for the video.

Import Video

Import Video

Step 3. Drag the video to the timeline, and then we begin adding the text.

Drag the Video to the Timeline

Drag the Video to the Timeline

Step 4. Head to the Titles tab and find a range of text styles suited for different events.

Drag the one you like to the specific timeline where you want the text to appear on the video. Stretch the block for increasing its duration in the video.

Text Menu

Text Menu

Step 5. Customize your text from the formatting menu. Click directly on the text box to enter the content of your choice.

Text Formating

Text Formating

Step 6. Time to wrap up and export the video. Click on the export button, which is located in the top-right corner of the window.

Export Video

Export Video

Select the File option for saving it locally on the storage. You can also upload directly to one of the social sharing platforms.

How to Add Text to iMovie on iPhone or iPad

Adding text to iMovie on Mac is easy, as we tried it above. The iPhone version is similar in functionality and has made editing videos on mobile into a cakewalk. Just like on the Mac, you don’t need to sweat it or shell the greens for it either.

Step 1. Launch iMovie and then create a project by tapping on the plus button.

Create New Project

Create New Project

Select the movie option for editing a video. You can combine videos, photos, and music in this option.

Movie Option

Movie Option

Step 2. Tap to select the video clips for the new project. You can select multiple videos as well.

Now single tap on the Create Movie button, located at the bottom of the screen.

Select Video Clip

Select Video Clip

Step 3. Head to the text menu through the shortcut, denoted by a capital T, located in the dashboard at the bottom

Head to Text Menu

Head to Text Menu

Step 4. Here, you will see a wide range of text styles. We select the Standard and then tap on the text boxes in the preview player. Enter the text into the boxes.

Enter the Text

Enter the Text

If you look closely, you see the tiny text boxes. They can be removed through the black cross button, which appears after selecting them.

Conclusion

Apple certainly has an edge when it comes to providing video editing software bundled with its operating system. Going mobile certainly pushed the popularity of a previously mac only editor. You can start editing a project on your iPhone and move to Mac or vice versa. That’s the kind of versatility that makes iMovie a must-have utility tool.

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Karen is a professional writer with a background in column writing who enjoys resolving complex topics and explaining them in interesting ways.

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