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How to Add Texts with iMovie on Mac and iPhone

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Jul 17, 2024• Proven solutions

Preparing a presentation video or building in the narration within the video requires some dexterity with software applications that allow you to add texts in a video. There will be so many reasons that you want to place some text over a video. With iMovie on your Mac or iPhone, you can put a standard title, or a lower third subtitle, or scrolling credits to the video with ease. iMovie definitely ranks as a great software to help you add text in videos. 

In this article, we will show you how to add texts with iMovie on both Mac and iOS mobile devices.

Part 1: How to Add Texts using iMovie for Mac

Luckily, when we are making videos, we can add texts using iMovie for Mac. It makes adding text to video a breeze.

Section 1. Add Texts using iMovie 9/11 for Mac

To add texts to your videos using iMovie 9/11, you need to drag your media files to the timeline first, then follow the steps below. 

Step #1. Click on the Text button to display the text slides list.

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Step #2. Select the appropriate text slide from this list and drag the slide onto the Project timeline. You can either layer the slide or keep it as a standalone within the slide.

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Step #3. Double click within the viewer interface to get the edit mode to change the text. You can click on Show fonts to edit the font attributes, and then click on Done to save the changes.

You can also double-click on the project timeline to open the text inspector and change the transition and placement attributes there.

Related: Add Transitions Between Video Clips in iMovie

Section 2. Add Texts using iMovie 10 for Mac

If you are running a different version of iMovie, like iMovie 10.1.1, you will find the steps of adding titles to video in iMovie is different. 

After loading the media in the timeline, place the cursor to where you want to add texts and then switch to the Titles tab. From there, you will see there are Titles Presets available. 

Now you can add some standard titles, Lower Third, or scrolling credits, and much more by dragging and dropping it to the timeline. You will see how long the text effects last and adjust the text duration by dragging the edges to meet your requirement. 

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One of the inconveniences of adding text to video in iMovie is that it seems impossible to adjust the text position manually. In this case, if you need to adjust the position of text in the video, it is recommended to use Wondershare Filmora instead. Filmora is a powerful video editing software, which is convenient for adding and editing texts in videos. 

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Part 2: How to Add Texts using iMovie for iPhone

Adding texts with iMovie on iPhone is easy, too. The tutorial below will show you how to achieve it step by step.

Here are the simple steps you can refer to to edit videos on Mac with Filmora:

Step #1. Open the iMovie app on your iPhone and tap on the appropriate video or photo within the timeline to get the inspector controls at the bottom of the interface.

Step #2. Tap on the Text button marked with a T.

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Step #3. Select the right text style.

Step #4. You can select the center or lower to change the position of the text appearing on the interface.

Step #5. Tap on Done on your phone keyboard to save the changes.

If you want to edit videos on Android phones with video editing apps similar to iMovie, you can check our picks of the Best iMovie Alternatives for Android.

And if you want to edit your videos or add transitions, filters, effects, voice-over, or music to your video clips on your iPhone, you should not miss these best free video editing Apps for iPhone.

Part 3: How to Add Texts using iMovie Alternative - Wondershare Filmora for Mac

While iMovie has emerged as a big editing software brand, it does seem a little complicated for users on the editing interface for the very first time. Even adding text seems to be a big hassle on the interface. 

Here, we recommend you to use Wondershare Filmora to add texts in an easier way. It is available both for macOS and Windows. 

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You can download and install Filmora first, and then follow the steps below to add texts to your videos.

The following steps are for Mac users. And the steps with Filmora for Windows are similar.

Step #1. Simply click on the Import Media option on the Filmora editor interface to import the video clips or photos you need. You can also drag and drop the files onto the interface directly.

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Step #2. Click on the Title tab, and then choose the right text effect. Drag and drop it into the timeline. Adjust the position of the text on the correct video scene.

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Step #3. Double-click on the text on the timeline, and you can get to the window where you can customize the text color, font, and the actual text.

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Step #4. Click on Export once you want to save the final media with the text editor. Also, you can directly upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo to share with your friends and family.

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What's more, there is a title and text effect pack available on Filmora Effects Store, just watch the video below to check out what it can do for you.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Adding Texts with iMovie

Here are some common questions about adding texts with iMovie for your reference.

1. How many text and title templates do iMovie have?

iMovie is equipped with rich text and title libraries that offer you a variety of options. There are tens of different templates to choose from, and you can easily preview each of them before you decide to add them to the timeline.  

2. How to add texts to a video without using the effects?

If you don’t want the text you add to a video to be animated, you just have to choose a title template that doesn’t contain any text animations. There are quite a few title templates in iMovie that don’t contain animations, so you just have to select the one you like and insert the text into the textbox that is going to be displayed in the preview window.

3. How to change the text speed in iMovie?

The only way to alter the speed at which the text is displayed on the screen in iMovie is to change its duration. The longer a template is, the slower the text is going to move. However, you won’t be able to customize the text speed on your own in iMovie.

4. How to change fonts in iMovie?

Double-click on the title’s text box that is displayed on the preview screen, and then heads over to the Fonts menu. There are hundreds of fonts to choose from, but keep in mind that the text has to be selected in order for the change to become visible on the screen.

5. How to make the text fade out in iMovie from an iPhone?

Go to the File menu and select the Project Properties option. Locate the Title Fade Duration slider in the File menu and use it to set the default title fade duration. However, you should keep in mind that you cannot fade out the titles that contain text animations.


Above are the details of how to add texts to videos in iMovie on Mac and iPhone. Some steps may differ on your devices because of the version issues.

So, it is recommended to make sure that you are running the latest iMovie version. If you want to edit texts in an advanced way, like animated the text effects and save the text effect for future use, Filmora would be a better choice.

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Shanoon Cox
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