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Chapter 14. Building the Movie Track > Shortening Clips by Dragging

14.2. Shortening Clips by Dragging

Almost nobody hits the camcorder's Record button at the precise instant when the action begins, and then hits the Stop button the instant the action stops. Life is just too unpredictable. That's why the first thing most people do when they get their clips into a movie is to trim them—to chop the boring parts off the beginning and ending of each clip before dragging them onto the timeline.

In previous versions of iMovie, you trimmed your clips by splitting them apart, by chopping off their ends, or lopping chunks out of the middle. That was OK, but things got messy if you later changed your mind; if, for example, you cut ten seconds off the end and later decided you wanted five of them back.


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