Intro Designer for iPad: Free iMovie Video Effects on iOS

iMovie has a number of built-in themes that can be customized to give you some professional looking videos with great titles, transitions and effects. However, after you have used iMovie for a little while, it becomes pretty easy to spot the same effects across multiple videos. Thankfully, apps like Intro Designer Lite exist to help make your classroom movies look that little bit more unique…for free!

The Lite version of Intro Designer has six templates to choose from – Birthday, Xmas, Just It, Shapes, End Credits and Ink. Each one can be previewed with a short 10-15 second clip before you settle on the one that you really want.

Intro Designer Theme Selector

Once you select the theme you need, you can customize it with a variety of options. Text is probably where you will want to start with fonts, font size and font colors all adjustable. You can also choose the position of the text on the screen, and pick whether you want the music and/or sound effects to be included or not. You can preview your creation in full-screen at any time by tilting your iPad to landscape mode.

Edit Fonts and Sound

After you have customized everything the way you want it, tap the Export button to save it to the iPad’s Camera Roll where you can then bring it in to iMovie as part of a larger project. Videos can be exported as 640 x 360, 960 x 540 or 1280 x 720p.

Export Options for Intro Designer Lite

It is an extremely quick and easy app to use, and a great way of spicing up existing iMovie projects that you have been working on with students. Of course, six templates will only get you so far, but if you decide you want more, the full version of this app is available for $2.99. It comes with 30 templates and a nicer interface that is optimized for iOS 7. See how it works in the video below, or check out the IntroMate app for a similar experience.

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What’s New in iMovie, iPhoto and Garageband for iOS Classrooms?

As you probably already heard, Apple is making both the iLife and the iWork apps free to all users who activate an iOS device after September 1, 2013. However, in addition to making these apps free, Apple also gave them a new look and updated each one with a raft of features to make them more useful than ever before. In this post, we take a look at what’s new for educators in iMovie, iPhoto and Garageband.


imovie for ios

  • All-new, streamlined design
  • Share clips, movies, and trailers to iMovie Theater and watch them anywhere
  • Full-screen Video browser with quick clip sharing
  • Adjustments Bar for easy access to audio and video controls
  • 16 new title styles
  • Three new transitions — Slide, Wipe, and Fade through black or white
  • Two new trailers — Indie and Family
  • Slow motion
  • Cutaway, picture-in-picture, and split-screen effects
  • Add just the audio portion of video clips to a movie
  • Detach audio from video in the timeline
  • Duplicate audio or video clips
  • Trim, split, and reposition music and sound effects
  • Adjustable audio fade-in and fade-out
  • High-frame-rate video recording
  • Share via Mail and Messages
  • Use AirDrop to send video clips and iMovie projects
  • Import media via iTunes File Sharing
  • 64-bit support


iphoto for ios

  • All-new streamlined design
  • Create and order professionally printed hardback photo books
  • Order pro-quality prints in a variety of sizes, including square and panoramic
  • Create custom slideshows that can be interactively controlled during playback with touch gestures
  • New photo effects, including Drama, Camera Filters and improved Black & White
  • Advanced search controls for filtering photo views by multiple criteria, such as Favourites, Tags and Flags
  • Share photos directly from iPhoto using Messages
  • Add national flags and currency widgets to web journal layouts
  • Improved support for panoramas in web journal layouts
  • Photos in the Camera Roll can now be deleted from within iPhoto
  • White balance controls now include an “Underwater” option
  • Panoramic photos are displayed as wide-format pano thumbnails in grid views
  • AirDrop photos, web journals and slideshows to other iOS 7 devices
  • New image processing system for improved rendering and performance
  • 64-bit support


garageband for ios

  • All-new streamlined design
  • Create a song with up to 32 tracks* using Touch Instruments, audio recordings, and loops – Requires devices with the A7 chip.16 tracks available on iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPad (4th generation), iPad (3rd generation), iPad 2, iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation)
  • Record compatible Third-Party music apps using Inter-App Audio in iOS 7
  • Drag and drop audio recordings to create Sampler instruments
  • Support for AirDrop in iOS 7
  • 64-bit support

Have you updated your iLife apps yet? Which changes are you most excited about? Be sure to check out the updates for Pages, Keynote and Numbers, because they also got some very worthwhile upgrades too.