Apply Transitions: My Favorite New iMovie 4 Feature So Far

So I’m working on updating the Transitions chapter of the book for the next edition (iMovie 4 & iDVD 4 for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide, available now for pre-order!) and asking myself, “Why is there now an Apply button in the Transitions pane?” After all, I can already use the Update button when I want to change the attributes of an existing transition in the Timeline, and even select multiple transitions to apply changes to them all at once.

Well. Do this:

  1. Select two or more adjoining clips that don’t have transitions between them.
  2. Switch to the Transitions pane and select a transition (such as Cross Dissolve).
  3. Click the Apply button.

iMovie adds a transition between each clip! Now you don’t have to manually drag a bunch of transitions from the pane… simply select a number of clips, choose a transition, and hit Apply. Then you can go back and change their attributes if you want.

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