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Video 101: Adding Transitions & Effects with iMovie

Daniel Hayek
January 15, 2013 by Daniel Hayek Alum

Transitions and effects can be very useful tools to stylize your video…. when used in moderation. Going overboard with transitions and effects will distract your viewer and make your video look corny. I mean, how many star wipes do you really want to sit through?

Adding transitions in iMovie is simple. Click on the transitions icon beneath the viewer. It’s the square icon made up of four triangles. You can then drag whichever transition you choose to the space in between any two clips. This will apply the transition.

To add effects to an audio or video clip, hover over the clip and select Clip Adjustments. There you’ll see buttons for both video and audio effects. You can preview an effect by mousing over it. Click on an effect to select it and then click done to apply it.

Continue on to Text & Titles.

  1. 1.
    Text and titles can be added to your videos to create title cards, credits and anything else you'd like. Let's find out how to do that now!
  2. Transitions and effects in moderation can really make your video pop! These can take an otherwise boring and flat video the next level. Let's learn how!
  3. 3.
    You can edit the sound in your videos and add music to create a treat for your ears! Sound can really add to the feel to your videos and add a little extra emotion. Learn how!
  4. 4.
    It's time to learn the basics of editing. If you're on a Mac, you can use iMovie to take your videos from your camera, all the way to Vimeo. It's really simple!
  5. 5.
    With iMovie you can export and upload directly to Vimeo all with a few easy clicks. It's so easy that you might do it by accident.
  6. 6.
    One of the first steps to editing a video is getting that footage into your editing program. This lesson will show you how to import your videos into iMovie so you can start editing your masterpiece!
  7. 7.
    Learn to use the timeline in iMovie to make a sweet video. Don't worry it sounds like a time machine, but it's much less complicated.


Leslie Ching

You make me want to get a Mac now. Argh!

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