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Titles work really well in iMovie '08. Previous versions of iMovie had to render titles when you added them, taking a lot more time than the instant placement you get in '08. But there is more to iMovie '08 titles than just the speed.

Moving titles
First, you can place titles wherever you want in your movie with pinpoint accuracy. Once a title has been placed in your movie--represented by a blue flag running above your clip, you can drag that title to any point in the movie. This is even true of titles "over black". In iMovie HD, you'd have to split a clip at the point you wanted a title to enter, then add the title to the second half of the split clip.

Lengthening titles
Another really nice feature of '08 is the ability to lengthen or shorten a title quickly. Simply grab the end of a blue title flag by clicking on the end with your mouse and drag the title to lengthen or shorten it. In iMovie HD, you'd have to select the rendered title footage and readjust and rerender the title, guessing at the right length with each render. This new way is much faster and easier.

Spanning titles

By either moving a title or lengthening a title, you can get a title to stretch across multiple clips. In the case of lengthening, you'll notice that you can drag the end so it runs across as many clips as you like, with no rendering! (You just can't span a title across another title.) Very handy and much faster and more accurate than iMovie HD.

6 comments: to “ Quick Tip: Moving, lenghtening, and spanning titles

  • ale2000
    October 24, 2007 at 1:41 AM  

    most interesting and useful.
    i still wonder how to do a couple of things though with titles...
    1. is it possible to somehow copy a title band to have a second (third, and so on...) one in a different part of the movie?
    2. how do i crossfade titles?

  • SiD
    January 14, 2008 at 12:53 AM  

    Am I missing something? Is there no way to have a title that is 3 lines like the iMovie HD "Music Video" title? Can I move the title placement on my screen or is it stick in "bottom third" or "middle?" Help me out as I'm miffed on why I'm losing features in my upgrade.

  • Eric S
    August 31, 2008 at 2:58 AM  

    Is this how you make a "bottom 3rd?" I'm trying how to figure out how to have a bar across the bottom of the video that shows a url and phone number.

  • Anonymous
    September 10, 2008 at 11:20 PM  

    Multiple title lines: Hold down Crtl while hitting return

  • Hannah
    June 21, 2009 at 12:21 PM  

    Argghhh!!! The problem is still there - HOW DOES ONE LENGTHEN THE FADE TITLES to more than just 2 seconds? I want the title to HOLD there for as long as I want. How does one do THAT???

  • Anonymous
    August 17, 2009 at 8:05 PM  

    To Hannah:

    I had to learn how to lengthen the duration of a title also! Just grab the end (or beginning) of the blue title bar, and drag it across your project (or down a few rows, even). Unfortunately, the duration of a FADE IN or FADE OUT of a title can't be more than 2 seconds - no dramatic disappearances!