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IMOVIE

UNDO CUTS WITH DIRECT TRIMMING

The Annoyance:

It's annoying when I delete part of a clip from the timeline, and then I realize that I have cut too much or have cut the wrong part. Sure, I can reimport the footage from my camera, but that messes up the clip shelf with duplicate material.

The Fix:

Use a feature called direct trimming, which was introduced in iMovie 4. (If you haven't upgraded to at least iLife '04, direct trimming, along with the audio improvements, are worth the $50 price tag for big iMovie users.) To shorten a clip using direct trimming, go to the timeline, grab the edge of a clip, and drag it towards the center. As you drag, iMovie's monitor displays the frames you cutting as you pass through them. If you change your mind, go back and drag the edge of the clip away from the center restore a portion or the entirety of the section you cut. This type of editing is known as non-destructive, at least until you empty iMovie's Trash-then it's gone for good. Therefore, it's a good idea not to empty iMovie's Trash until your project is nearly complete.


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