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Chapter 5: Building the Movie > Three Ways to Trim a Clip - Pg. 131

you're using the Playhead to mark the target for the drag-cropping you're about to perform. Now grab the end of the clip and drag it up against the Playhead. Conveniently enough, the end you're dragging snaps against the ghosted Playhead line, as though it's a bookmark. As a result, you get individual-frame accuracy without having to remember precisely how far to drag. (This trick works only if "Snap to items in timeline" is turned on in iMoviePreferences.) There's only one limitation to this technique: It works only in the Timeline Viewer. You can't use it to pre-shorten clips while they're still in the Clips pane, or after you've dragged them into the Clips viewer. For those purposes, read on. Shortening Clips by Dragging Three Ways to Trim a Clip Trimming out the deadwood from your clips, so that you're left with only the very best shots from the very best scenes, is the heart of iMovie--and video editing. Note: The following three techniques work as they did in previous versions of iMovie, with one huge excep- tion: these are now nondestructive techniques, just like the edge-dragging business described earlier. For example, after you've shortened a clip by hacking a piece off the right end, you can later change your mind, even if you've emptied the Trash and let a year go by. You can restore some or all of the missing footage just by dragging the clip's right edge to the right in the Timeline Viewer. Highlighting Footage iMovie works just like other Mac programs: You highlight some footage, then use the Cut, Copy, or Paste commands to move it around. All three of the following footage- trimming techniques, for example, begin with highlighting, or selecting, a portion of your footage. Here's how you go about it: 1.Clickacliptoselectit. The clip can be either in the Clips pane or the Movie Track. 2.PositionyourcursorjustbeneaththeScrubberbar. See Figure 5-6. 3.Draghorizontallyuntilthetrianglehandlessurroundthefootageyouwantto keep. As soon as you push the mouse button down, the selection triangles jump to the position of your cursor. One remains where you clicked; the other follows your cursor as you drag. (In other words, don't waste time by dragging them painstak- ingly from the left edge of the Scrubber bar.) The Monitor window behaves as though you're scrolling the movie, so that you can see where you are as you drag the movable triangle. Also as you drag, the portion of the Scrubber bar between your handles turns yellow to show that it's highlighted. chapter5:buildingthemovie 131