How to Make a YouTube End Card in iMovie

Have you seen end cards at the end of YouTube videos? They are also called end slates, outro, end screen, interactive end card.

Today I have a tutorial on how to create a YouTube end card using the latest version of iMovie for Mac version 10.0.9.

End cards are a nice way to strengthen your brand, drive views to other related videos on your channel, and drive visitors back to your website to take specific actions.

iMoive YouTube End Card

Creating the End Card Image

The first step is creating the YouTube outro (end card) image. I use for mine and it works great!

YouTube end card template
Here’s a template you can download and use. The size is 1920 pixels wide x 1080 pixels height.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD a blank with placeholders.

Creating the YouTube Interactive End Card in iMovie

Video:  – how to make a YouTube outtro in iMovie.

In iMovie, import your assets (including the end card image) into the Event. Once you finish editing your video in the timeline do the following:

Add the End Card to the Movie

  1. Drag the end card image to the end of the iMovie timeline. The end card image should appear after the movie clip. Notice that when you play the clip, the end card magnifies as it plays. Let’s correct that.
  2. Click the end card clip in the timeline to select it.
  3. On the toolbar, located above the viewer, select the Cropping tool.
  4. For Style, select Fit. The end card clip will stay the same size as it plays.
  5. Drag the right edge of the end card clip to the number of seconds you want it to play in your video. I recommend 30 to 40 seconds.

Create the Picture in a Picture on the End Card

  1. Find the last 30 or 40 seconds of your video. The number of seconds should be the same as the number of seconds of your end card clip.
  2. Place the Playhead at the location and then select Modify > Split Clip.
  3. Select the split clip and drag it directly above the end card clip in the timeline.
  4. Select the split clip and then on the toolbar above the viewer,  select Video Overlay Settings.
  5. From the drop-down menu, select Picture in a Picture. The video appears as a thumbnail on top of the end card in the viewer.
  6. Click, hold and drag the video to the location on the end card where you want it to appear. Adjust the size to fit.

You are done!

Add Clickable Annotations in YouTube

After you upload your video to YouTube, use the Youtube Annotations feature to create clickable links on the YouTube outtro.

Which type of annotation should you use?

  • Spotlight annotation: for highlighting areas in a video; when the user moves the mouse over these areas the text you enter will appear. In this case you don’t have enter any text. When the user moves the mouse over the area, it will be clickable.

If you have questions about creating a YouTube end card in iMovie, please leave a comment! Also feel free to post your YouTube video link. Would love to check out your interactive outtro!

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  1. Great tutorial! I had seen some tutorials, but not for iMovie. Thanks!

  2. I understand that iMovie is somewhat limited with end slates.
    I wanted to clarify in your tutorial the additional thumbnails that
    you have are basically still images that you create a link for to drive them
    to more content, correct? You can not imbed more than one video
    in an endslate in iMovie, correct?

    • Hello! Thanks for your comment. Yes, the images are on the end card image, then use annotations to create links in YouTube. Yes, I believe you are correct. Embed one video in the endcard.

  3. Clear and concise – thanks. I do have a question about the iMovie version – I’m on what seems to be an older version iMovie 09 v. 8.0.6, and it doesn’t have some features that you used. I would upgrade but I’ve heard horror stories about people losing features that are useful and losing videos altogether in transition. What version are you on? Any thoughts?

    • You are welcome! Glad you liked it. I am using iMovie 10. I am not sure what those stories are but in my experience, iMovie features are better now and make editing much easier. (in my humble opinion) You might try searching for a new features list to see if they actually removed features or just integrated them elsewhere.

  4. Hey,

    I am using your template for the end card, THANK YOU, my only question is, how do I add thumbnail images in the other boxes? Is that something that can be done on youtube or does that have to be done in iMovie first?

    • Hi Chloe! So glad the template is working well for you. You have to have the end card image completed before adding to iMovie. Here’s what I do. I open in PicMonkey and then import a screen shot of another video or another image and then resize it on the template to thumbnail size. Hope that makes sense. ~ Lisa

  5. I’m using the iMovie app on an iPad. I don’t see the features you mention. Any suggestions?

  6. Thabk you for the video it’s great however I would like to know how do I place 2 or 3 different videos on my end card. For example my first video ends and I want to show 2 or 3 of my next videos on the end card. Can u pls make a video of that????? Thank u so much :)

    • Hi Vanessa. Check my YouTube channel. I just created a new video on to do multiple thumbnail videos on an endcard.

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