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Chapter 12. Creating Movies with Windows... > Hip Clip Tips: Working with Clips - Pg. 142

Creating Movies with Windows Movie Maker 142 The following table lists some keyboard shortcuts you can use in place of clicking the monitor con- trols: Action Play/Pause Stop Back Previous Frame Next Frame Forward Full Screen Shortcut Spacebar Period (.) Ctrl+Alt+Left arrow Alt+Left arrow Alt+Right arrow Ctrl+Alt+Right arrow Alt+Enter Renaming a Clip When Movie Maker creates clips for you, it supplies them with dishwater-dull names such as Clip 57 or Clip 101. These prosaic names also appear when you're editing the clips that you've added to your movie, so it's a good idea to give your clips more meaningful names. To do that, highlight the clip in the Clips list and then select the Edit, Rename command, or press F2. (You can also right-click a clip and then click Rename.) Type in your new name (up to 255 characters) and then press Enter. Splitting a Clip If you have a particularly long clip that's too unwieldy to use as is, you can split the clip into two separate clips at any point you like. This technique is also useful if Movie Maker didn't split your collection or if you elected not to create clips when you captured or imported your footage. Here's what you do: 1. 2. 3. Load the clip into the monitor. Use the monitor controls to play the clip to the exact point where you want it split. Click the Split Clip button (see Figure 12.4). Alternatively, select Clip, Split or press Ctrl+Shift +S. Movie Maker divides the clip in two and gives the second clip (the one with the footage that comes after the split point) the same name as the original clip, except for (1) tacked onto the end. Combining Multiple Clips I mentioned earlier that Movie Maker has an annoying tendency to create too many clips during the recording process. If Movie Maker has chopped up a scene a little too much to your liking, you can fix things by combining two or more clips into a single clip. Here's the procedure: 1. Highlight the clips you want to combine. Here are the techniques you can use to select multiple clips: Hold down Ctrl and click each clip. Click the first clip, hold down Shift, and click the last clip. Drag your mouse to create a box that touches or encloses each clip. If you want to highlight every clip in the collection, select the Edit, Select All command, or press Ctrl+A. Select Clip, Combine, or press Ctrl+Shift+C. a. b. c. d. 2.