iMovie: Add Cinematic Effects

8 Learners | 8 Completed Lessons | 2 Hours of Learning Time

Learning Activity

Speed effects and cinematic filters are powerful tools for making engaging movies. You can also add freeze frames to highlight key moments or use filters to create a mood.

In this activity you will learn the steps to add a filter and the 'Flash and Freeze Frame' effect to your clip. 

Choose one of the cinematic effects and follow the steps to add it to one of your iMovie projects. Take a screenshot of you adding the freeze frame effect or filter (similar to below) and upload under Record Achievement. 


Add a Filter to a Clip

  1. In the iMovie app  on your Mac, select a clip or range in the browser or the timeline.

  2. To show the effects controls, click the Clip Filter and Audio Effects button.

    Clip Filter and Audio Effects button in adjustments bar
  3. Click the Clip Filter button, and then click the filter you want to apply to the clip.

    Sci-Fi video effect applied to clip in viewer

To remove a filter, select the clip or range with the filter, click the Clip Filter button, and click None.

Add the Flash and Freeze Frame effect

  1. In the iMovie app  on your Mac, position the playhead in a clip in the timeline where you want to add the effect.

  2. Choose Modify > Flash and Freeze Frame.

    When you play back the clip, it plays forward normally and then fades to white, and the frame at the position of the playhead becomes a freeze frame. The Ken Burns effect is applied to the freeze frame—with a “zoom out.” At the end of the freeze frame, playback continues normally. You can modify the Ken Burns effect after it’s applied.

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