iMovie Trailer Templates Tutorial and Ideas

First of all, what are iMovie trailer templates? They are pre-designed templates you can make Hollywood-style trailers quickly and easily by dragging and dropping clips to the desired panes on the timeline. It's also easy to add texts because iMovie trailer templates have included an outline for adding titles and credits to your movie trailer.

This article will show you the basic steps to make a movie trailer using iMovie trailer templates. You will also get answers to questions like "where can I find more imovie trailer themes", "can I change the default music of an iMovie trailer template", and so on. Quick answer is that Apple hasn't any more trailer templates for iMovie, either free or paid. Since there are limited trailer templates for iMovie, if you're looking for more iMovie trailer templates, try iMovie for Mac alternative Movavi Video Editor Plus or the free online movie trailer maker like FlexClip.

Part 1. How to Make a Trailer Movie with iMovie Trailer Templates

iMovie comes with dozens of trailer templates for you to make awesome movie trailers without effort. However, you could also create a movie trailer without any trailer template. Here I'll walk through easy steps for movie trailer making with trailer templates built-in iMovie for Mac. If you're using iPhone or iPad, go to "Create a trailer project in iMovie on iPhone" from

1. In the Project view of iMovie, click the Plus button to create a new movie trailer project.

2. In the drop-down menu choose Trailer and you'll see available trailer templates as below.

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3. Here you're able to preview a trailer template by clicking the play button on desired template. Reference to the movie trailer length and cast members to decide which iMovie trailer template is suitable for your project.

4. After selected a trailer template in iMovie, click the Create button to customize your movie trailer. At the bottom of iMovie screen, you'll see 3 tabs: Outline, Storyline and Shot List. In each tab, you could change the contents as you want. All changes will be saved automatically.

5. Preview and then export your movie by doing these: Choose File > Convert Trailer to Movie. 

Now take a look at a great movie trailer on YouTube created with the SUPERHERO trailer template in iMovie for Mac.

Part 2. Are There More iMovie Trailer Templates to Download?

iMovie trailer templates are so easy to be used to generate a Hollywood-style trailer that there are more and more people asking whether it's possible to add more trailer templates to iMovie. Actually, compared to the first release of movie trailer, iMovie has been increasing the number of iMovie trailer templates. So you could just wait for the next version of iMovie and there may be additional trailer templates then. At least for the time being, you have to go for iMovie for Mac alternatives to obtain other movie trailer templates. Here I also want to highly recommend FlexClip because of its huge library of video templates and trailer templates like iMovie.

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Part 3. How to Change Music in iMovie Trailers

Be default, it's impossible to change the background music of trailers created with iMovie trailer templates. The trailer length is fixed. So it seems reasonable that the background music could not be changed. But how dull that everyone uses the same background music. Here is the trick you could use to change the music in iMovie trailers.

Step 1: Convert Trailer to Movie

When you're satisfied with your movie trailer, go to File > Convert Trailer to Movie to output your trailer to a video file on Mac.

Step 2: Create a new project without using any iMovie Trailer template

Go to the Project view and create a new Movie project. Import the newly exported movie trailer file to the project.

Step 3: Replace iMovie trailer music with your desire music

After adding the trailer video to iMovie's time from Media, choose Modify > Detach Audio (or press Option-Command-B), then select the audio on timeline and delete it. Now you could add any music file to the timeline. When everything is OK, Click the Share button in the toolbar, and then click File to convert iMovie trailer to a movie with custom music.

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Part 4. Frequently Asked Questions about iMovie Trailer Templates

Is the music in iMovie trailer templates copyright free?

Yes. It's copyright free if you use iMovie trailer templates to create trailers for personal and commercial use. You wouldn't be sued if you use iMovie trailer templates to create a trailer for your customers. but you can't extract the iMovie trailer (e.g. music) and resell them to your customer. Note that this is NOT a legal. I'm not a lawyer. Please read Apple's T&C below, and consult a lawyer about this if necessary.

Where can you download video for making a funny movie trailer with iMovie trailer templates?

You could use an online video downloader like or use video downloader software for Mac and PC like Wondershare AllMyTube which is free to try.

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