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How to copy & paste imovie captions

Updated February 21, 2017

When you work on a movie project on your Mac using the free iMovie application, which is pre-installed on every Apple computer, you use captions to place text over the images. For example, you place the title of the movie at the beginning, and credits for all the people who worked on the project at the end. To save time, you can copy and paste titles. This is useful, for example, when you first identify someone in a documentary and want to remind the viewers who's talking when they see her 10 minutes later.

Click the thumbnail of a video clip that has a title in the "Project Viewer" window in iMovie. The video clip appears in the "Viewer" window.

Click the text box on the video clip in the "Viewer" window to select the text.

Click "Edit" from the iMovie menu.

Click "Copy."

Click a second video clip in the "Project Viewer" window to select it. If this clip doesn't yet have an empty text box on it, click the "Titles" button below the "Viewer" window. A list of title styles appears, such as "Centered," "Lower Third" or "Drifting."

Drag a title style onto the thumbnail of the second video clip in the "Project Viewer" window to apply a title text field to it. The text of the title will initially be the name of the style you dragged onto it.

Click the text box on the second video clip in the "Viewer" window to select it.

Click "Edit" from the iMovie menu.

Click "Paste" to paste the copied title into the second video clip.

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Julius Vandersteen has been a freelance writer since 1999. His work has appeared in “The Los Angeles Times,” “Wired” and “S.F. Weekly.” Vandersteen has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from San Francisco State University.