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The iMovie Way > The iMovie Trash - Pg. 101

iMovie: The Swiss Army Knife of Digital Video Software Tool Magnifica- tion pop-up menu What It Does 101 You can choose the magnification of the Timeline Viewer by using the Magnification pop-up menu. When the value on this menu is lower, you see more of the movie's timeline, but the elements you see are smaller and are more difficult to work with. When you choose a higher value, you "zoom in," and you can see elements in greater detail. As you edit a movie, you can use this pop-up menu to change the view to be appropriate for the task you are doing. For example, when you are synchronizing sound, you might want a close-up view so you can position objects in precise relative positions. When you are recording sound from an audio CD, you might want to see more of the movie so that you can see how much longer the sound you are recording will play relative to the movie's length. This slider enables you to change the speed at which a video clip plays. Moving the slider towards Faster makes the clip play faster and provides a fast forward effect. Moving the slider in the other direction makes the clip play more slowly in a slow motion effect. When the slider is in the center, the clip plays at its original speed. When an audio clip is selected and this checkbox is checked, the clip's sound fades in. This slider enables you to set the relative volume of clips. For example, you might want narration in your movie to be louder than the music score. You use this slider to set the relative volume levels of various audio elements. Unlike the Volume slider in the Monitor, this slider does change the movie. It is called a relative slider because you change only the relative volume levels of elements in your movie, not the actual volume of the movie itself (which is controlled by the viewer when your movie is played). When checked while an audio clip is selected, this control makes the audio fade out. The Mute checkboxes determine whether the audio contained in a track is audible or silent. When a track's Mute checkbox is checked, the sound contained in that track is heard. Conversely, to mute a track's sound, you uncheck its Mute checkbox. Clip speed slider Fade In checkbox Relative Vol- ume slider Fade Out Checkbox Mute check- boxes There are two audio tracks on the Timeline Viewer because you will often want to use several kinds of sound in the same movie, such as sound effects, narration, and music. It is easier to manipulate these sounds when you have two tracks to work with. For example, you might want to put sound effects on the Audio 1 track and music on the Audio 2 track. When you can see the elements more