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How to Add Text to a Video in iMovie on iPhone/iPad/Mac

Last Updated: Jul. 03, 2020

Summary: This blog will guide you on how to add text to a video in iMovie on Mac and iPhone. Besides, it also shares an easy and free way to add text to a video without iMovie.

iMovie, as one of the mainstream video editors, makes adding text to video a breeze. With iMovie, you can put a title, add subtitles or captions, make credits to your video with ease. However, the editing interface of iMovie may seem a little complicated for the new user. Do not worry! FlexClip, a free online video editor, making you add text much easier in a few steps.

In this blog, we will talk about how to add text in iMovie on both Mac and iOS/iPad. Besides that, we will also share the best iMovie alternative for adding text to your movies and videos.

Also Read: How to Split a Video in iMovie on iPhone/iPad and Mac - Split Video Tutorial >

Part 1 How to Add Text in iMovie

The tutorial below will show you how to add text to iMovie on iPhone/iPad and Mac, respectively.

How to Add Text in iMovie on iPhone/iPad

Add text in iMovie on iPhone (or iPad) is easy. Below are the simple steps you can refer to:

Step 1 Launch iMovie on your iPad or iPhone and hit the "+" icon to upload the video clip you want to add text to by selecting the "Movie" from the pop-up.

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Step 2 Tap on a clip in the Timeline of your video where you want to add the text, then add text by clicking on the text button marked with a "T" at the bottom.

Step 3 Select the right text style and double-click on the text box to input the content you want. Here in iMovie on iOS, you have two options for where you’d like the text to display on the screen of your video; pick either Center or Lower to position the text.

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How to Add Text in iMovie on Mac

In iMovie on Mac, there are more different title styles you can choose from and add the stunning text to your video and movie.

Begin by visiting the Mac app store and downloading iMovie (free version) if you haven't installed this app on your Mac yet.

Step 1 Launch iMovie to Create a New Project

Launch iMovie and click the Projects tab to open the Projects browser, then click Create New and Movie. (You can also open an existing project).

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Step 2 Import Your Media

Once your project is set up, import clips, audio, images by clicking the Import Media button. Then, drag the footage you imported to the iMovie timeline (the bottom window in the interface).

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Step 3 Add Text in Video

Open the text browser by select Titles above the browser (the top window in the iMovie interface).

Then you will be given a vast selection of titles to pick from. You can get a preview of each text style by moving your mouse over its thumbnail.

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Once you find the one you like the most, you can double click it to add, or just drag it and drop it where you want it to appear in your video.

Step 4 Customize Your Text

You also have the option to customize your text (font style, size, color, and alignment).

Double-click the text box to make the text editable type you text. Then you can adjust the font, text size, text alignment, character formatting, and color until the text looks just right with the toolbar above the browser.

Customize Your Text

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You can also further customize your text to position it so that it's in the right place in your movie by dragging the text overlay to a new location.

Or, you can also drag the right or left edges of the text overlay box in the timeline to make it longer or shorter.

And that's it!

Part 2 How to Add Text with iMovie Alternative

Although the iMovie software is a highly effective video editor, its editing interface may seem a little complicated for the very first time. To help you add text to a video easily and quickly, we recommend an iMovie alternative - FlexClip. It simplifies the editing process for its ease of use and versatility.

FlexClip comes with powerful yet easy-to-use text editing tools to help you add text to video with ease in a few steps.

Step 1Get Started

Visit FlexClip and click Make A Free Video to get started. Here you have two options to begin with:

# To begin with a video template - If you want to create a new video online, our wide range of video templates can inspire your minds and transfer to your ideas, just pick the one you like and start customizing freely.

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# Or, you can start from scratch - Have all the footage and ideas in hand? Just get started from scratch to upload your media and start adding text now.

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Step 2Add Text

Whether you need some text or dynamic text for your video, FlexClip provides you with a handpicked collection of text effects for you to choose from. Just select one and customize its font, color, style, and more to fit your needs.

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Step 3Preview and Export

Once you're finished, click Preview to check out the final result. If you like it, just export your video now; if not, you can also continue editing.

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The Bottom Line

We talked about the details of how to add text to video in iMovie on Mac and iPhone and shared the best iMovie alternative - FlexClip, which can make you add text to video easier. By the way, FlexClip is also an excellent video maker with multiple other editing tools, just have a try to explore more about it!

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