Typewriter Effect iMovie: How to Add Typewriter Effect in iMovie

Posted on: May. 20, 2022
  • How do I add a text animation, like it's typing in iMovie?
  • In iMovie 11, how do I get a typewriter effect on a title (where each letter appears one after the other)?

- Questions from iMovie users

The typewriter effect is a text effect that looks like the words are typed letter by letter using a typewriter. iMovie previously allowed you to create typewriter effect title in your video using a plug-in called Typewriter. But the later version of iMovie removed the plug-in support so that you can't do typewriter effect with iMovie anymore.

Although there is no typewriter effect title in iMovie, you can easily add it with the help of some third-party app or make typewriter effect with a powerful online iMovie alternative.

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Part 1 How to Add Typewriter Effect Titles to iMovie

Even though the iMovie's built-in collection of title animations doesn't offer the typewriter effect, you can also add the typewriter effect to iMovie with the help of Keynote.

Keynote is a presentation software which is great at text. You have total control over the font, the background color, the size, and hundreds of text effects. With Keynote, you can create complex typing text effect and use it in iMovie.

Here is the simple tutorial of using Keynote to create a typewriter effect title and then add it to your iMovie video.

Step 1
Start by launching Keynote and accessing its Wide Theme library, then choose blank white theme.
Step 2
Adjust the size of the slide and get rid of the sample text, then find the Color Fill menu and change the slide’s background color to green.
Step 3
Click on the Text tool to type in your words and then edit it on font, color, size, location, and more.
Step 4
Then, select the text and go to Animate button on the top right of the screen, then click on Build In and Add an Effect to find the Typewriter effect from the drop-down menu.
Step 5
Select the Typewriter effect and apply it to your text, then you can change some things like the duration and direction. Make sure to check the build order here and have it start after transitions.
Step 6
review your typewriter effect to check the final result. Then go to the File menu and export the typewriter effect in the QuickTime video file format.
Step 7
Now you can bring the typewriter effect you just created in Keynote into iMovie and drag and drop it on the timeline so that it is directly above the video clip to which you want to add the typewriter effect. Here remember to use the iMovie's Green/Blue Screen feature to make the background of the text overlay transparent.

Image Board: Add Typewriter Effect Title to iMovie with Keynote

Part 2 How to Make Typewriter Effect with iMovie Alternative

Besides using the Keynote to make a typewriter effect title for iMovie, we also share an easier way to create and apply the typewriter effect to your video with a powerful online iMovie alternative - FlexClip.

FlexClip comes with typewriter effect and lots of other title and text effects such as lower third, wedding titles, news titles, speech bubbles, call-out titles, etc.

Well, let's get to the point: how to create a typewriter effect title in your video. Only 3 steps required.

Step 1 Go to FlexClip and Import Your Video

Click the Get Started Now button above to access the FlexClip video editor directly, or you can view some beautiful templates for your video inspirations.

Go to the Media section to import video, photo and/or music - you can drag or drag your footage directly or upload form your phone. Then apply your footage to the Timeline.

Make Typewriter Effect with iMovie Alternative - Import Your Video

Image Board: Make Typewriter Effect with iMovie Alternative - Import Your Video

Step 2 Add and Type in Your Texts

Once you applied the footage to the Timeline, just go to the Text tab > select a title > double-click the text box to type your words, and then customize the text on style, font, color, size, etc.

Make Typewriter Effect with iMovie Alternative - Add and Type in Your Texts

Image Board: Make Typewriter Effect with iMovie Alternative - Add and Type in Your Texts

Step 3 Add the Typewrite Effect to the Text

To apply the typewriter effect to your text, click the Motion tool on the top menu and then scroll down to select Typewriter animation. Then the typewriter text effect should be automatically applied to your text. You can drag the Speed slider to adjust the speed of your text reveal, ans also adjust your typewriter text duration on the timeline by dragging and dropping.

Make Typewriter Effect with iMovie Alternative - Add the Typewrite Effect to the Text

Image Board: Make Typewriter Effect with iMovie Alternative - Add the Typewrite Effect to the Text

Final Words

Now that you know how to make typewriter effect title in iMovie with the help of Keynote and how to use another powerful online iMovie alternative, FlexClip to make typewriter effect text in your video. Now, it's time to put these tips into practice!

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