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Making Your iMovie Preferences Known > Setting Import Preferences - Pg. 102

iMovie: The Swiss Army Knife of Digital Video Software 102 Figure 4.12. At least iMovie's Trash doesn't smell bad. NOTE Unlike the Mac OS Trash, you can't drag items from the iMovie Trash back into your project. You can only retrieve them by using the Undo command. While being able to undo actions is good, items in the Trash do consume disk space. When you are running low on disk space, you should empty the iMovie Trash to free up more room on the disk. To empty iMovie's Trash, choose File, Empty Trash. Be aware that iMovie empties its Trash when- ever you quit the application so make sure that nothing is there that you will need before you quit iMovie. Making Your iMovie Preferences Known There are three areas in which you can set preferences to control how iMovie works: Import, Views, and Advanced. You set your iMovie preferences by choosing iMovie, Preferences. The iMovie Pref- erences window has three tabs, which not coincidentally, correspond to the three areas I listed previously (see Figure 4.13). Figure 4.13. There aren't many iMovie preferences that you will want to change in the beginning, but you might want to make some changes as your iMovie expertise grows. Setting Import Preferences The Import tab contains the preference controls explained in Table 4.8. Table 4.8. iMovie's Import Preferences Preference Automatically start new clip at scene break checkbox Imported Clips Go To radio but- ton Still Clips are 5 seconds by de- fault What It Does By default, this checkbox is checked. As iMovie imports video clips from a DV camera, it starts a new clip each time there is a break in the video coming in; basically, a clip starts when you pressed the Record button on the camera and stops when you pressed the camera's Record button again to stop recording. If this checkbox is unchecked, iMovie imports the video as one clip (up to 2GB at which point iMovie starts a new clip anyway). Usually, you want iMovie to break the clips for you. By default, iMovie places clips that you import on the Shelf, from which you can drag them to the Clip Viewer or Timeline Viewer to place them in your movie. If you choose the Movie radio button instead, iMovie places clips on the Clip Viewer instead of the Shelf, and you can build a movie as you import clips. I recommend that you leave the Shelf selected because it makes building a movie easier. You can import still images into your iMovie projects to use them in a movie. The value in this text box determines how long those images appear on the screen before the next clip starts. The default value is 5 seconds (which is usually a bit too long), but you can make it whatever you want. Note that you can manually change the amount of time any still image appears on the screen; this value sets the initial time for all still images that you import.