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How to Use iMovie Green Screen Effect

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What is iMovie green screen effect?

If you shoot a video with a single colored background (often green or blue), iMovie allows you to make that color transparent. You can replace the background with any other video clip, graphic or still image as you like. That is the green screen effect in iMovie.

With iMovie green screen effect, it's easy to superimpose anything into any shot. For example, you can transport yourself to anywhere you like, or appear in your favorite movies. That's interesting, right? How to use green screen effect in iMovie? Many people may be bothered by it. Now follow the steps to apply green screen effect in iMovie and you will find adding iMovie green screen effect is just a piece of cake.

How to apply green screen effect in iMovie

Step 1. Start a new project

From File > Import > Movies to load videos to iMovie from your Mac. Please make sure your videos are supported by iMovie. If not, iMovie will not allow you to edit the videos in it and you need a Video Converter for Mac to convert the videos to iMovie MP4 so that you can load them to iMovie for editing. Drag videos from the Event browser to the Project Library. Or you can use Wondershare Video Editor for Mac to edit video files directly without any conversion, which supports almost all kinds of input and output video formats. Try the free version below.

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iMovie green screen

Tips: If you want to edit your favorite DVD movies and make yourself appear in the movies by using green screen effect in iMovie, you should use the Video Converter Ultimate for Mac to convert the videos first since iMovie doesn't support DVD.

Step 2. Enable green screen function in iMovie

You may be confused when you want to use the green screen function in iMovie because it never shows up in the menu. Well, you need to turn on the function first. Go to iMovie -> Preferences, and select "Show Advanced Tools" to enable iMovie green screen effect.

iMovie green screen effect

Step 3. Apply green screen effect in iMovie

Select a part of video clip you want to overlay on your background clip and drag it to the start place of the green effect.

green screen in iMovie

When you drag the video clip on another in the Project Library, a small window will pop up instantly. Hit Green Screen to apply green screen effect in iMovie.

iMovie green screen tutorial

Step 4. Adjust iMovie green screen effect

In the viewing window, you can drag the four corners to change the frames of the clip. Hit preview button to see the result. When it is all right, click the Done button to finish iMovie green screen effect adjusting.

iMovie green screen problems

Done! Now you can enjoy your videos!Download the free trial version of Wondershare Video Editor for Mac and Win below.

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angelialvares
my sound disappears too!
Amy
I'm afraid green screen feature isn't available to the ipad
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Is this green screen feature available to the ipad.
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thnx for the tutorials hope i'l do great things
afshispeakscom
This post is really helpful.Thanks for sharing.
Keanu
Hi Liza, The advanced feature in the trial does not let me pick the color for the bleed through. It has only black; I need blue. Does the full version allow color picker to work?
Leelander
Use blue screen
br0k30n3
WE making some youtube videos with some graphics but there is a lot of green in our graphics and imovie treats it as a green screen, making a lot of the portions of the graphics basically invisible. How do I keep imovie from recognizing the green as green screen ?
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I have a problem, when I do it, no sounds appear!
Liza_Brown
Hi there, I am afraid it may not add more points while you can drag the four corners to change the frames of the clip.
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