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Chapter 6. Basic Movie Editing

Chapter 6. Basic Movie Editing

We call this chapter “Basic Movie Editing,” but you’ll still be impressed by some of the things you’ll be able to do when we’re done. Windows users who have played around with Windows Media Player will be blown away by QuickTime Player’s editing features. And many Mac users may not be aware of all of QuickTime Player’s long-standing editing features. (Remember that QuickTime Player is essentially the same tool as the old MoviePlayer, available before QuickTime 4.)

Although the Player doesn’t include all the fancy features of a video editing and effects programs such as Adobe Premiere or Apple Final Cut Pro, it remains the best tool for certain tasks. In fact, even though we use tools such as these for many functions, we’ve found that QuickTime Player is more efficient for simple cut, copy, and paste editing.

We start this chapter by covering one of the first skills you need if you plan to edit QuickTime movies in QuickTime Player: selecting portions of a movie. After you’ve selected data, you can copy it and paste it elsewhere, remove it, or use it in various other ways.

We’ll also discuss techniques for editing parts of a movie that you don’t see or hear: posters, previews, and annotations. And we’ll show you how to set a movie so that it plays automatically whenever opened. Finally, we’ll show you what you need to know when it comes time to save your edited movie.


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