iMovie (2013): Convert a trailer

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Convert a trailer

You can convert a trailer to a movie, which lets you change it in any way you want: adding or deleting video clips, changing the style of titles and transitions, applying special effects, replacing the background music, and so on.

You can convert a trailer to a movie at any time, whether or not it’s complete. When you convert a trailer, its name doesn’t change.

Note:   After you convert a trailer to a movie, you can’t convert it back to a trailer. If you want to keep a copy of your trailer, duplicate it before you convert it.

Convert your trailer to a movie

  1. Select a trailer in the browser, or double-click a trailer to open it.

  2. Choose File > Convert Trailer to Movie.

    If you converted the trailer before you filled all the placeholder wells with video clips, you see placeholder clips (grayscale images) in the timeline after the conversion. You can replace these placeholders with video clips.

    Figure. Trailer converted to movie showing black clips representing the opening studio logo sequence; black clips with title bars representing the trailer's title sequences; and a placeholder well.
  3. Edit the movie just as you would edit any other movie.

Note:   The required pacing of the trailer no longer applies to the converted project. You can replace the placeholder clips with video clips of any length, extend or shorten any video clips, delete placeholder clips, and so on. If you want to preserve the pacing of the trailer, replace placeholder clips with video clips of the same length. A replace edit can do this for you automatically. To learn how to replace video, see “Replace a clip in the timeline” in Add clips.
Published Date: Mar 23, 2018
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