How to Fade to Black in iMovie Desktop/Mobile/Online

Posted on: Oct. 29, 2021

As a powerful video editor, iMovie is packed with different styles of transitions. They are commonly used in videos, especially in movies, to connect one scene to another so that the video seems more coherent and doesn't distract the audience. Video transitions take a variety of forms, like Wipes, Flashes, Dissolves, Fades, etc. One of the most popular transitions is the Fade to Black effect, which is often added at the end of a scene to denote the time passage.

If you are a beginner, you may feel confused about how to fade to black in iMovie. So, in this post, a quick guide is offered to help you insert a Fade to Black transition in a video using iMovie. Meanwhile, it also tells how to fade to black longer in iMovie and recommends a powerful video editor online, with which you can insert a Fade to Black transition as well. Keep reading and find the solutions.

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1, How to Fade to Black in iMovie: Desktop

Adding a fade to black transition is quick and easy with iMovie. Whether you want to add a fade to black transition at the end of a video or between two clips, the following quick guide can help you out. Let's see how to fade to black in iMovie.

Method 1: Add Fade to Black transition at the end:

Step 1
Choose a project. Hit the "Projects" tab. Select a video and then drag and drop it to the editing area.
Step 2
Click on "Settings." Then, you will see a drop-down menu.
Add Fade to Black transition at the end: - Step 2

Add Fade to Black transition at the end: - Step 2

Step 3
Select the "Fade out to black" effect. After that, there will be a "Fade to black" transition at the end of your video

Method 2: Add Fade to Black transition between clips:

Open a project and follow the steps below:

Step 1
Move the playhead between two clips where you want to add "Fade to Black."
Step 2
Hit the "Transitions" button at the top of the window.
Add Fade to Black transition between clips - Step 2

Add Fade to Black transition between clips - Step 2

Step 3
Double-click the Fade to Black transition. Now, the Fade to Black transition is applied to the position.

2,How to Fade to Black in iMovie: Mobile

Somewhat similar to the desktop, it is easy to add a fade to black effect on mobile.

Method 1: Fade to black at the end of a project:

Step 1
 Open a project. Tap on "Projects" at the top of your screen and select the videos you need.
Step 2
Access the "Settings" button. Tap on the gear icon at the bottom-right corner of the screen. Then, there will be a pop-up menu.
Fade to black at the end of a project - Step 2

Fade to black at the end of a project - Step 2

Step 3
Switch on the" Fade out to black" button.

Method 2: Fade to black between clips:

Step 1
Navigate to the transition icon between the clips where you want to fade to black. Then, tap it, and there will be a pop-up menu.
Step 2
Tap on "Fade." a Fade to Black transition will be added between the clips you choose.
Fade to black between clips - Step 2

Fade to black between clips - Step 2

Step 3
Tap the "Done" button.
Note
If you want to fade to white, tap the "Fade" button again.

How to Make Fade to Black Longer in iMovie

When you add Fade to Black transitions to your video, all of the transitions are the same length, one-half of a second long by default. As for some viewers, it is so abrupt that they can't even notice the transition. So, how can we make the Fade to Black longer in iMovie? Here are the step-by-step guides to help you extend the duration of a transition.

Step 1
Double click the transition icon where you want to change the duration. Then, the properties menu will appear.
Step 2
Enter the desired duration.
Step 3
Click the "Apply" button. Now, the duration of the transition is extended.

4, How to Fade to Black Online Using FlexClip 

Apart from iMovie, most online video editors allow you to add the Fade to Black transition. Among them, we recommend one of the top-rated video makers - FlexClip. Adding a Fade to Black transition is easy and quick with this video editor. 

It has an intuitive interface that even if you are new to video editing, you are capable of adding transitions to video in minutes. Meanwhile, a vast majority of transitions are available for you, including Fade, Wipe, Blur, Zoom, Wrap, etc. You can easily edit and delete the transition with a few simple clicks. 

Besides basic editing tools, you can enjoy rich resources to enhance your video, such as text animation, pre-made intro and outro video, stunning effect, royalty-free stock music, etc. Quickly get started by clicking the button below.

Step 1
Upload your videos and add them to the media section.
Step 2
Click on the "Transitions" button where you want to put the Fade to Black effect.
How to Fade to Black Online Using FlexClip - Step 2

How to Fade to Black Online Using FlexClip - Step 2

Step 3
Select the Fade to Black effect. Navigate to "Fade" and click "Fade to Black."
How to Fade to Black Online Using FlexClip - Step 3

How to Fade to Black Online Using FlexClip - Step 3

Step 4
Hit the "Apply" button. Now, the Fade to Black transition is inserted in the video.
Note
If you want to delete a transition, click the "Transition" icon and select "Delete Transition."

Bottom line

Transitions are as important as the opening of a video. It can smooth the video and thus makes the video more engaging. Inserting a Fade to Black transition in the video is not a daunting task with iMovie and FlexClip. Hopefully, this guide is helpful for you. By the way, FlexClip is packed with various video templates and elements. When editing videos, don't forget to try FlexClip for free!

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