Nothing in cyberspace is sacred
There are a lot of posts about putting in copyright symbols and watermarks and logos in iMovie’s previous iterations, but finding anything about iMovie 10.0.3 or iMovie 11 about doing those things is lacking (at the time of this writing).
(UPDATE on 01/15.2015) For those allergic to reading, you can find a YouTube video for another approach than which is outlined below. The tube video is : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghgFhu8-NRs).
If you’re into plain old reading, let’s see my approach.
Before you start, just create a PhotoShop or Gimp document the same as the width of your video. The height of the graphic (which we will save in PNG format) is up to you. For this post, we’re using the size of 720 pixels by 200 pixels (since all we want to do is put a single line of watermark text in the video).
Also for this exercise, we’ll put this text in the graphic’s foreground in the traditional text layer that is automatically created by PhotoShop/Gimp, and then make the text white and size it at 12 px:
© THIS IS A TEST. (TIP: Copyright symbol on a Mac: Option+G. PC: ALT+0169).
Using the “Move” tool, move the text layer to the lower part of the graphic, about one-third way from the left. Now you can save it as a PNG file. PhotoShop: “Save As.” Gimp: “Export As > PNG”.
Before we save it, we’ll name the file “copyright.png”. Save the file to an easily accessible place and open iMovie (if you don’t already have it open). Keep your graphics program running (why you should is discussed below).
Now, put a piece of video on the timeline (if you haven’t already). Next, drag and drop your saved PNG file on TOP of (above) the video (where you want it to appear) and leave it there. (You’ll note that iMovie puts ALL titles above the video by default anyway).
So, now that you’ve placed your PNG “title” above the video in the timeline, you’ll see a square box with black and blue colors. Your PNG is in there. What did iMovie do with your PNG graphic? It applied a title effect automatically; likely, because this makes it, technically, a “picture-in-picture” effect by applying an effect. Only the text will show, of course, and the transparent background won’t show, either.
That means that, when you play your video in the timeline and it comes to the place where you dragged your PNG, you’ll see that your PNG has become an animated title.
This method is a whole lot easier than the usual “picture-in-picture” method in earlier iMovie versions.
(UPDATE on 06/22.2015) This post is now closed to further discussion. You can learn more about Copyrighting your iMovie videos through Google search and YouTube videos on the subject. Thanks for reading !