How to Use Green Screen in iMovie

Here we show you how to use green screen in iMovie on your Mac and iOS based devices. It is then easier to change your videos’ background to anything you want.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Apr. 22, 2020

If you have ever dabbled into editing videos, you have likely heard the term green screen. It is being thrown around in the video editing industry a lot and it holds an important place in the whole editing scene. It is because of this green screen that you are able to see various items in your movies and videos.

In the following guide, you will learn exactly what the green screen is and how you can use in the iMovie on your Mac and iPhone. Once you’ve learned how to use it in your videos, you will find that changing backgrounds is just a matter of clicking a button.

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Part 1: What is iMovie Green Screen

Before you go ahead and learn how to do green screen in iMovie, you will want to know what it is exactly. Green screen is actually a green element put behind the main object in videos. It is used in post-processing of the videos wherein an editor replaces the green screen with anything they want. A green screen is a replaceable element and you can change it to whatever you like.

For example, if you shoot a video of yourself standing in front of a wall with the wall having a green color on it, you can then customize that green part of the video in your video editing app. You can replace it with waterfalls, sky, ocean, or anything you can think of and make people think you actually were in front of those places.

Part 2: How to Use Green Screen in iMovie on Mac

Now that you know what green screen is, you may want to try it out in your videos. If you use Apple’s Mac and iPhone/iPad, using green screen in your videos becomes much easier than ever. It is because your devices have a free app available for them called iMovie that lets you use green screens.

iMovie is a free video editing app that allows you to edit your videos and add various effects to them on your devices. iMovie green screen can also be used on your Mac and iPhone to have replaceable elements in your videos. The following shows how to use green screen in iMovie on a Mac:

1. Click on Launchpad in your Dock, search for iMovie, and click on the app when it appears. The app will launch.

Access the iMovie App on Mac

Access the iMovie App on Mac

2. If you do not already have a project in the app, you will need to create one. Then, click on the option that says Import Media to add your video file to the app for editing.

Add Your Media to iMovie

Add Your Media to iMovie

3. Navigate to your video file on your Mac, click on it to select it, and click on the Import Selected button to import it to iMovie.

4. Drag and drop the video onto the timeline.

5. Click on the File menu at the top and select Import Media. Select the object you want to replace the green screen with.

Add the Green Screen Item to iMovie

Add the Green Screen Item to iMovie

6. Ensure both the video and the object are of the same length. Click on your object in the timeline, select the Video overlay settings option, and choose Green/Blue Screen from the dropdown menu. You can then play around with it to further enhance the effect of green screen.

Apply Green Screen Effect in iMovie on Mac

Apply Green Screen Effect in iMovie on Mac

Part 3. How to Use Green Screen in iMovie on iDevices

iMovie green screen effect can also be achieved on an iPhone. Using the app on iPhone is as easy as it is on a Mac. The only thing that differs is a few options here and there and that is all.

1. Launch the iMovie app on your iPhone, tap on the Projects tab, and tap on Create Project.

New Project in iMovie for iPhone

New Project in iMovie for iPhone

2. Select the Movie as the project type and continue.

New Movie Project in iMovie

New Movie Project in iMovie

3. Select your green screen video from your gallery and tap on Create Movie.

Choose Video and Begin to Create a Movie

Choose Video and Begin to Create a Movie

4. When the video is added, tap on the + (plus) sign to add your image or anything that you want to replace the green screen with.

Add the Green Screen Object to the Video

Add the Green Screen Object to the Video

5. Tap and hold on the photo and select Green/Blue screen option. Your green screen should be replaced with your chosen object.

Part 4. How to Add Video Effects in iMovie for iOS

iMovie has a ton of other video effects to add to your videos and make them more appealing and interesting. If you have not already explored them yet, you might want to do it now.

1. Launch the iMovie app on your iPhone and create a new project.

2. Select the media you would like to add to your video and tap on Create Movie.

3. On the movie editing screen, you will find several effects to add to your video. Tap on any of those and they will instantly be applied to your chosen video.

Apply Effects to Your video in iMovie on iPhone

Apply Effects to Your video in iMovie on iPhone

4. If you added something to your video and you do not like it, make sure not to save the video. The next time you launch the project, your chosen effect will be gone.

5. When you have finished editing your video and you feel it is good to go live, do not forget to save the changes.

Your edited and saved video should be available in the Photos app for you to view. The video can still further be edited using iMovie if you want by relaunching the video in the app.

The Bottom Line

Green screen is an important part of video editing and it can be added to your videos using Apple’s very own iMovie app. Since the app is available for both Mac and iOS platforms, you can use the green screen feature on both your Mac machines and iPhone/iPad devices.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.