Is it possible to adjust the line spacing on title screens (specifially: scrolling credits) in iMovie 10?

I can find some references on how to do it in previous versions of iMovie (see e.g. font panel here) but I can't seem to find the right setting in iMovie 10. The fonts window doesn't show the spacing control, even when resized.

  • Did you figure this out? – Nathan Feb 21 '15 at 19:18
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    @Nathan No, I gave up and settled for the predefined spacing it gave me. The lack of basic controls in iMovie 10 titles is very annoying. – Szabolcs Feb 21 '15 at 20:35
  • I agree. It's very annoying. – Nathan Feb 21 '15 at 21:18

I found that I could put the text into another editing application (I used TextEdit) and adjust the line spacing there and it remained when I pasted into the title. Presto magic-o!

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  • Still'd be nice to be able to do it in iMovie :/ – JMY1000 Jul 10 '16 at 5:55
  • Thanks so much for this workaround, @Annette. Four years later, iMovie still has the same problem. Your suggestion worked a treat for fixing unfortunate kerning in centered titles used for subtitles. – Miles Wolbe May 4 at 9:35

I was struggling with this yesterday, and happened upon this link, which explains how to make it do what you want (at least, it worked for me :) )



The technique described at that link is simple:

  • Add a "scrolling credits" title thingy to your video
  • Select all the text in in and copy to the clipboard (use cmd-a, cmd-c, for example)
  • Open a new RTF document in the "TextEdit" application
  • Paste the selected text into the new document
  • Open the "Page Setup..." dialog from the "File" menu
  • Select "Manage Custom Sizes..." from the "Paper Sizes" drop-down
  • Make the paper size 24" wide by 11" high
  • Edit the formatting and content of the document to whatever you want it to look like in your movie
  • When done with that, select everything in the document, and copy to the clipboard
  • Switch back to iMovie, select the "scrolling credits" clip you added earlier, and select all the text in the clip again.
  • Paste the text from your clipboard over the selected credits text
  • Except to adjust the length of the credits clip, DON'T TOUCH IT ANY MORE, or iMovie will (probably) mess up the formatting!

If you need to make changes to the text or formatting, go back to the TextEdit, document and edit that, then copy-paste back over the text in the credits clip in iMovie again. Lather, rinse, repeat until you get what you want.

Upon typing it all out, I realize that some of these steps may be superfluous but IWFM, IANA iMovie Expert, YMMV, ROFLWTFBBQ and all that. You probably don't have to bother with copying the original credits text into the RTF document - you can probably get away with simply typing them into a new empty doc, formatting, then copy-pasting over the original text in iMovie. Also, I don't know if changing the page size is necessary, or if the 24"x11" measurement has any particular significance...

Feel free to experiment and suggest edits or improvements to this answer. :)

@grgarside - thanks for the reminder to fill out the answer!

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    While this link may answer the question, it is better to include the essential parts of the answer here and provide the link for reference. Link-only answers can become invalid if the linked page changes. – grg Jun 23 '15 at 17:52

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