How to Duplicate a Clip in iMovie on Mac

Duplicating a clip in iMovie is an easy process. To add an identical clip into your movie, go to the top menu and click on “Edit”. From there, select “Copy” and then “Paste”, and the clip will be inserted into the timeline.

Hi, my name is Nancy, and I’ve been using iMovie for several years. Whenever I need to create a fast and easy video, my go-to choice for video editing software is always iMovie. In this post, I’ll walk you through the correct way of duplicating clips in iMovie.

Let’s get started.

How to Copy and Paste a Clip in iMovie

In case you need to reuse a clip in a later scene in your movie, you can easily duplicate it. To make a duplicate copy of a clip in iMovie, simply follow the steps below.

After importing your video clips into iMovie, they will appear in the Project Media library. Click on the desired video clip and then on the plus sign located in the lower right corner of the clip. This action will add the clip to the timeline. Each time you click on the plus sign, the corresponding clip will be replicated in the timeline.

To make a copy of an individual clip on the timeline, start by selecting the clip. Then, navigate to the “Edit” menu and choose Copy. After that, move the playhead to the end of the clip and once again click Edit and then select Paste. Your clip will now be duplicated on the timeline.

What’s the Shortcut to Duplicate Clip in iMovie?

A quick way to duplicate a clip in iMovie is by using keyboard shortcuts. First, select the clip you want to duplicate. Then, press Command + C to copy the clip, and Command + V to paste it. 

However, it’s important to note that you should always ensure the playhead is at the end of a clip before pasting it to avoid any automatic splitting. By following this process, you can easily create multiple copies of a clip in iMovie.

How Many Clips Can I Duplicate in iMovie?

In iMovie, duplicating clips is a simple process that can be repeated as many times as necessary. If you have media clips in the browser that you want to add to the timeline multiple times, you can click on the plus sign to do so. 

Similarly, if you want to duplicate a clip that is already on the timeline, you can easily do so by following the steps outlined earlier.

Why Can’t I Duplicate a Clip in iMovie?

If you’re experiencing issues duplicating a clip in iMovie, it’s worth checking the position of the playhead. If you attempt to paste a clip with the playhead positioned on the clip itself, it will result in splitting the clip at that point instead of duplicating the entire clip. 

To prevent this from happening, it’s essential to have the playhead positioned at the end of each clip before pasting the duplicate. With this simple step, you can successfully duplicate a clip in iMovie without any problems.

Final Thoughts

To duplicate a media clip such as a video or audio file, just copy and paste the clip in the Edit menu or use the keyboard shortcut commands to add it to the timeline. Duplicating media clips can be an efficient way to add more of the same footage to your project without having to import additional media. 

I hope you found this article useful. If you have any other questions about iMovie, let us know in the comments below.

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