How to Add Subtitles in iMovie Properly [2020 Ultimate Guide]

Lisa Ou

Feb 18, 2020 17:00 / Posted by Lisa Ou

I have downloaded a video and want to add subtitles to videos by myself, but have no idea how. My friend said that iMovie is a tool can help me do that. Is it work? And please how?

There are different reasons for you to add captions and subtitles to videos or movies. The main tool for Mac or iOS device users might be an iMovie. It allows you to edit your videos easily and quickly. You can know more about iMovie and its best alternative in the following parts.

6 How to Add Subtitles in iMovie Properly

1. How to Put Subtitles in iMovie

iMovie is an ultimate tool on both macOS or iOS to add studio-quality titles, extra-special effects, high-fidelity filters and soundtracks. What’s more, it even makes you can start editing on iPhone or iPad, and then finish on Mac.

Can’t wait to know how? Move on.

When you download a video with French, or want to add captions to your movies, you can follow below demonstration with clear instructions on Mac or iPhone/iPad.

Using iPhone/iPad to Add Subtitles in iMovie

If you don’t have an iPhone/iPad or just used to finish tasks on iPad, you can download iMovie from Apple Store, and then open it. Below is the tutorial of creating iMovie subtitles in iMovie.

Tap the big + icon on the main interface and tap Movie to choose the video.

Tap the play button, locate the duration you want to add subtitles, tap on the bottom line to show the edit tools.

Tap the T button, choose the style and type the text in the box. Tap the Done button on the upper-left corner.

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If you want to change the font size, color or something else can’t on iPhone, you should choose Mac instead.

Using Mac to Add Subtitles to Video in iMovie

iMovie can be downloaded from Apple official site, and then double-click to install it on computer. After that, you can launch it manually if it won’t do it automatically. Then you can follow below steps to make subtitle in iMovie.

Choose New project and import your video.

Drag the video to filmstrip area and then click Titles > Lower. You can also choose others if you want here.

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Type the text and adjust the duration and position. You are allowed to click Show Fonts > Change Fonts to change the font color, size, style and more.

As you can’t import a subtitle file to iMovie directly, so you need to move to the next method if you want.

Using FoneLab to Add Subtitles

As you can see, iMovie is easy-to-use, but without a Windows version. It means that if you are a Windows user, in addition, you don’t have an iPhone or iPad, you are impossible to use iMovie to edit your videos. So you might need to figure out another workable solutions for Windows users.

FoneLab Video Converter Ultimate will be strongly recommended to you. It is a program that you can run on both Windows and Mac. You can use it enhance video quality, crop videos, as well as convert video formats to whatever you want.

Features of FoneLab:

  1. It supports both Windows and Mac versions.
  2. You are allowed to convert video to MP4, MKV, M4V, MP3 and more.
  3. It helps users rotate and flip videos.
  4. You can edit video effects, and enhance video quality.
  5. Add watermark.
  6. Split video or merge video files.
  7. It is safe and easy to use.

How to Add Video Subtitles with FoneLab

Download and install the program on your computer. It has both Windows and Mac versions, you can choose the right one according to your need. After that installation, it will launch automatically. If not, you can double-click to run it.

Import the video through the Add File button on the upper-left corner, or drag it to the program directly.

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You can see information in the interface after importing, click the + icon next to No Subtitle box.

Choose the .srt or other subtitle files from folder and choose the right format you want.

Click the blue Convert button. You can choose the format and location after it finishes.

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As you can see, FoneLab is easy and safe to use. By the way, if you want to edit your video, like rotate videos, split video, and others, FoneLab Video Converter Ultimate can help you well. Why not download and have a try now!

2. Cut from iPhone or iPad to Mac

No matter iMovie for macOS or iMovie for iOS, both of them are made for work together.

After editing a video on iPhone, you want to do more with iMovie on Mac, you can easily use AirDrop or other transfer tools to move videos to Mac and continue using professional tools to do what you want.

Below are how to transfer video from iPhone to Mac.

Option 1. Transfer Video from iPhone to Mac with AirDrop

AirDrop requires both device with the same Apple account and enable the AirDrop. Then locate the video, tap the share icon, choose AirDrop and the right account to send. You need to click Accept button on Mac to begin the transfer.

Option 2. Transfer Video from iPhone to Mac with iCloud

If you have enabled the iCloud sync feature on iPhone and Mac, then it can automatically sync videos between iPhone and Mac.

Option 3. Transfer Video from iPhone to Mac with FoneTrans

FoneTrans is one of the most effective tool to manage iOS data between computer and iOS devices. You can download and install the program on computer and follow below instruction to transfer files from iPhone to computer.

Launch the software on computer, and connect iPhone to computer with USB cable.

Transfer Contacts between iPad and iPhone connect

Select Videos on the left pane, then locate the video you want to transfer.

Check the items and click Export to PC.

It can be done in a few clicks so it is user-friendly for people who are not familiar with computer operations.

What’s all. If you have more questions, please leave comments below.

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