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How to Add Transitions between Video Clips in iMovie (iMovie 11)

iMovie allows you to add transitions to iMovie video clips so that you can move from one scene to another smoothly. Transition effects link different video clips well and are necessary for movie making.

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Apple iMovie gives you a lot of transitions to choose from, which helps you make great movies than ever. Now follow the guide to add transitions in iMovie.

How to add transitions to videos in iMovie

Step 1. Open your movie and select the Transition menu

Open your movie by double-click a movie in the Project browser. If you haven't added a project yet, go to File > New Project to add one and import movies to iMovie and drag the video clips you want to edit from the event browser.

Click the Transitions button to open the Transitions Menu. All of the transitions are displayed there and you can put your mouse over one to preview it.

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Tips: When you add videos to iMovie, make sure your videos are compatible with iMovie. If your videos are rejected by iMovie, then you need to convert the videos to iMovie supported videos with a Video Converter for Mac. For DVD movies, use a Video Converter Ultimate for Mac to convert the DVD to iMovie videos.

Step 2. Select a transition and drag it to the project

Find the transition you like, click and drag it to your project between the video clips where you would like to add transitions. An icon shows up as below indicating there is a transition. You can preview the transition effect in the viewing window.

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Step 3. Adjust video transitions

Mouse over the transition and hit the gear, choose "Transition Adjustments" and the Inspector will pop up. You can set the transition duration as you like or change a transition style. After the settings, hit "Done".

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To make your videos better, you can add background music to iMovie and add subtitles to iMovie, create picture in picture effect, etc.

How to add transitions to videos in iMovie using iMovie alternative

To add expressive transition to your video, you can also use an iMovie alternative program like, Wondershare Video Editor for Mac. It provides over 60 transition effects for you to choose. Below is a step- by-step guide to explain how to do it.

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Step 1. Add your videos to Video Editor

After launching this video editing software, drag your source videos directly to this program. There is a media browser for you to load files from your iTunes library, iMovie, etc.

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Step 2. Apply transition effects to your video

You can click the "Transition" tab, choose your favorite one and then drag it to the track to apply. Double click the transition between the clips to preview and hit the gear icon besides the video clips to set the transition duration as you like.

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Step 3. Save your files

After that, hit “Export” to save your file. You can save it to different formats, or share on YouTube. Additionally, you can also burn it directly to a DVD disk in minutes.

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You see, it's that easy to add transition to video using Video Editor for Mac. Now download and have a try!

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Hi, Christopher, just update it, you can try above solution now.
Add button ? where is that, you can only drag and drop transitions ? I also want to add the same transition to mulitple clips at once, but I don't see how you can do it ? where is this 'add' button pls.
Hi, Icsmith3, you can apply the same transition to multiple clips in below way: 1. In Project Properties, click "Text" browser. After that, click "set Theme" and let everything as defaulted. 2. Go to "Transition" tab, and drag your desired transition between two clips. Then dialogue will notice you to replace the automatic transition or not, click "Yes" . Then in the pop up window, you have three choices: "Replace" , "Replace All", "Cancel". Choose "Replace All", done. select the clips in the timeline, select a transition, then click the "Add" button. That's it! You can also update multiple transitions at once: select them in the timeline (-click on them or use the Edit menu’s Select Similar Clips command), adjust transition settings, then click "Update".
So how do you apply the same transitions to multiple clips without doing it one by one?