Transitions and effects in iMovie 10

Add these techniques to improve the flow and appeal of your film

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Adding effects and transitions to your projects in iMovie 10. The two functions are separated in iMovie 10, so the first set of steps below will cover effects and the second set will cover transitions.

This article applies to iMovie 10.

find effects

To access video and audio effects in iMovie, open a project in the timeline.

  • Double-click the clip in the timeline.
  • Click on the top right of the screen To adjust Button. The second button from the right after the i is the effect icon.
  • Click the button Effect to bring up windows with audio and video effects available in iMovie.

Test the effect

After opening the Effects panel, you will see thumbnails of your video clip with the different effects applied. Hovering over any of the effects will play the video clip and give you an instant preview of the applied effect.

Sound effects work the same way.

This feature presents various effects without the hassle of rendering.

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edit effects

After selecting the effect you want, click on it to add it to your clip. You can only add one effect per clip, and there’s no easy way to adjust the intensity or timing of the effects.

To add multiple effects to a clip or change an effect’s appearance, export the project from iMovie to Final Cut Pro, where you can perform advanced editing. Or, if you want to complicate your life, add an effect to a clip and then export the clip. Then import the project back into iMovie to add a new effect.

Use OrderedB to divide the clip into parts and add different effects to each part.

copy effects

After adding an effect to a clip or making other changes to its look and sound, copy these attributes and apply them to one or more other clips in your sequence.

  • Select the clip with the effects in the timeline and copy it (OrderedC).
  • Select the other clips in your timeline. From the Edit drop-down menu, select the option dough adjustments.

Choose what you want to copy from the first clip to the others. Copy a single effect or all of the audio and visual adjustments you’ve made.

find transitions

Transitions are separate from effects in iMovie 10, and you can find them in the content library bottom left of the iMovie screen.

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Some basic video transitions are always available, while other themed transitions depend on your project theme.

Add transitions

After selecting the transition, drag it to the appropriate place on the timeline.

When you add a transition between two clips, the video and audio of the two clips are mixed. If you add a transition at the beginning or end of your sequence, the clip will be mixed with a black screen.

If you don’t want the audio to be mixed, detach the audio track from your clip before or after adding the transition. There are no audio transitions in iMovie, but to mix audio between two clips, use the volume sliders to fade in and out, separate the audio, and overlap the ends of the clips.

Added automatic transitions

Add dissolve transition to your video by using OrderedT. If you use cross fades as your default transition, this is a quick way to edit your movie.

If your cursor is between two clips when you add the transition, it will be added there. If your cursor is in the middle of a clip, the transition will be added to the beginning and end of the clip.