How to Add Subtitles to Videos in iMovie on Mac?

Diana Joan

Apr 21, 2015 04:39 am / Posted by Diana Joan

iMovie is a easy to master and well-designed software on Mac. For making personal videos or doing some editing for burning videos to DVD, iMovie can almost meet your basic needs. No complex steps to confuse users. Here we will dig a little about how to add subtitles in iMovie on videos easily and why you can’t attach subtitles on video in iMovie is also included.


We know that you can easily add subtitles in iMovie by directly dragging into the timeline. You can preview the video you want for making sure that the adding subtitle progress is complete and ready for following editing.

Step 1. Make sure you have started an iMovie project

Go to "File" > "New Project" to add a new project. Drag video clips from the event browser to the project.

Step 2. Select a title style and apply it

Select "T" for "Titles" form the menu bar.

Step 3. Enter text for your titles

For subtitles between video clips, you can preview it.

Step 4. Change the duration

Now you have added subtitles to iMovie project and videos and they can be exported with subtitles in it.

An easier way to add subtitles to videos for iMovie following editing

Some users replay that they can’t even load their files into iMovie, not mention about adding subtitles to videos in iMovie. First, you have to figure out the format which iMovie support. You can check the iMovie Format Page for sure.

Here suggest you this Pavtube Video Converter for Mac to make your video files accepted by iMovie.

Step 1. Launch this converter and load your files

Free download this app on your mac, even on Yosemite, this converter will run as smoothly as it should. Then click "File">"Add Video/Audio" to load your files.



Some users will encounter this "unidentified developer" from time to time. Just follow these steps and everything will be OK.

1. Launch System Preferences from the Apple menu

2. Choose "Security & Privacy" and then click the "General" tab, followed by clicking the lock icon in the corner to unlock the settings

3. Look for "Allow applications downloaded from" and choose "Mac App Store and identified developers"

4. Accept the security warning and allow

5. You can now launch any app from any location or developer

This won’t make your Mac become a vulnerable one, if you still worry about that, you can reset the setting to original.

Step 2. Choose AIC for streaming videos to iMovie

Here is a preset for you to choose to make the conversion much easier and you don’t have to worry about all those parameters adjusting things. Just go to the "Format" bar list, and go for "iMovie and Final Cut Ex...">"Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov)".


Step 3. Adjust parameters if you need

If you just want to do the basic conversion and the following editing will finish in iMovie, then you can skip this step, for the default settings are already the best to maintain the quality.

Step 4. Start to convert your videos to AIC for loading in iMovie

After all have been settled, hit "Convert" to start your conversion.

Then you can load files into iMovie easily and start to add subtitles in video.


In Pavtube Video Converter for Mac, you can also add subtitles in video easily. Highlight your file and click "Edit" to choose "Subtitle" > "Browse" and add subtitles to videos.

But this can only apply for some ripped movies to add subtitles to.

If you do want to use Video Converter for Mac to add subtitles to videos which made by yourself, here you can make your own subtitles and add them to videos.

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