RM8 Media Captions versus the IPTC Caption field associated with the image

Is the Media Caption field populated from the “Caption” IPTC metadata associated with the image or is this field totally separate and must be filled in by using “Edit Media”? I have many image captions which I have created by editing the IPTC Caption field using 3rd Party software and none seem to appear in RM8.

When you click to view the media by line item, it sorts on what is in the caption. I put the surname, given name. That way it sorts by surnames.

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There is no connection between IPTC, EXIF or other metadata stored in the image file and the metadata stored in the RM database. There have been enhancement requests made over the lifetime of RootsMagic to make some such connections, e.g., to display, copy, edit…