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iMovie - Adding and Editing Image Transitions

iMovie TimelineWritten by: Bryan Tor
Updates provided by: Nirupama Chandrasekhar
Last Updated: October 2019


iMovie offers users the option to add dynamic transitions between video or image clips in their project files. This tutorial looks at how to add and edit transitions between a video clip and an image. These same practices are applicable to adding and editing transitions between just video clips or just images as well.

Adding Images

iMovie selecting Import Media option under Files


To add images to your iMovie project, select the "Import Media" option, located under the File menu on the top toolbar. From the file menu, select the image or images that should be imported into the project. These images will appear in the Media Library, where you can drag these images into the project Timeline.

Adding Transitions

To add transitions to your iMovie project, select the "Transitions" menu located in the Media Library. There should be a variety of transitions that can be added into the project. Similar to how video clips and images are added, these transitions can also be dragged into the project Timeline between clips.











Once added to the project, a small box containing two inward facing arrow heads should appear where the transition was added. Make sure that transitions are added there. NOTE: Transitions can only be inserted between video clips that are in the same line of video. If you insert video above another clip, you cannot have transitions between them. You must intersplice the videos.

iMovie timeline with added transitions






The transition can be seen in the Viewer. To see the transition, place the Playhead over the transition box.

iMovie Timeline and Video showing Transition

Editing Transitions





From the Timeline, double click on your transition. A popup menu should appear, letting users modify the length of the transition.