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How to use the Green Screen Effect in iMovie [Video Tutorial]

24th November 2019

Jacob Woolcock



In this QuickTip video, discover the simplicity of creating green screen effects in iMovie with a straightforward, step-by-step tutorial. Learn how to select and apply the effect using any simple colour background, not just green or blue, for flexible and creative video editing. This easy-to-follow guide demonstrates how anyone can achieve professional-looking green screen results, making it a must-try for all video enthusiasts.

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For this week’s QuickTip video, I want to show you just how easy it is to create a green screen effect in iMovie. Here’s a really simple project I’ve already made. I have a few clips of background footage loaded in. I’m going to add my green screen effect by selecting the video with a green background from my video library. Then, I’ll tap on it once and press the three dots on the right-hand side. From here, there are a couple of options. I want to choose Green/Blue Screen. At this point, your video will be put in place straight away, with the green screen effect automatically applied. In the top right-hand corner of the video, you can change the strength of this effect. If you’d like, you can also change the area it applies to by using the drag and drop box. It’s worth noting, it doesn’t have to be a green screen or a blue screen; this will actually work with any simple colour you like. You could be stood in front of a red wall and choose red to be blanked out instead. The finished result shows a really fun and easy-to-make green screen effect in iMovie. When it’s this straightforward to try, anyone can give it a go.

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