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Chapter 14. Building the Movie > Shortening Clips by Dragging

14.4. Shortening Clips by Dragging

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

Most of the time, you'll want to adopt one of iMovie's sweetest features instead: edge dragging. Instead of chopping off the ends of your clips, you can just hide the ends by dragging them inward, as shown in Figure 14-3. (This kind of nondestructive edge-dragging also works with audio clips. It's a common technique in GarageBand, too.)


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