Tutorial : applying titles
ShinyDV motion graphics make excellent backgrounds for
titles in your iMovie projects. For maximum shininess keep
the following points in mind when creating your titles:
Simple backgrounds Your title
will be more readable on top of a diffuse or blurred motion
background. Some examples of good backgrounds would be moving
glow. Some less-readable
backgrounds would be candy
kaleida, and electric
spicule (these backgrounds usually make better transitions,
see your own mg's for
ideas on making these more "readable").
Text Attributes Selecting
correct text attributes will help your titles stand out from
the background and make it more readable. Select a font that
easy to read, especially avoid fonts with thin parts in the
letters as these can cause flickering artifacts when on
screen. Select a type color that has good contrast to the
background colors. If the motion graphic was green, you would
not want to pick green text or another color that may clash.
Additionally, make sure the type is large enough to read
when it is on screen.
Safe Areas Not all of the
video that you see on the preview pane is actually not visible
when you play it on a television. The edges of the image,
about 10% of the total, is hidden behind the screen bezel
to allow for differences between brands in how the image
is projected on the CRT. Be sure to keep your titles away
from very edge of your project so they will remain visible
when playing it on TV.
The following tutorial will cover the basics of creating
titles over motion graphic backgrounds and how to polish
you video title with transitions to achieve a more aesthetic
Open your iMovie project and
import a motion graphics
background to use with video clips that you have already
We'll use the motion graphics background for titling
at the start of the movie project.
Click and Drag your background from the Clips Pane
to the Timeline, when a plus sign appears under the
pointer release the mouse button and the clip will
appear in the timeline.
With the clip still selected
in the timeline (make sure it is blue, if not click
on it) change to the Title Pane by clicking the Title
button at the bottom of the pane.
When creating a title I usually work from the bottom
of the Titles pane and work my way up from there. If
you don't like going backwards feel free to work in
whatever order best suits your fancy.
Enter your title text in the boxes at the bottom
of the Title Pane. If you only want one line in the
title, leave the second box blank.
Next set the font, color and size with the controls
above the text windows. We selected Trebuchet MS Bold
(why they named a font after a medieval
siege engine we will never
understand) and left the text color white.
If your video will play on TV make sure the QT margins
box is deselected (this will make sure unwanted clipping
of your title does not occur at the edges of your television