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Chapter 6. Basic Movie Editing > Selecting and Deselecting Movie Data

Selecting and Deselecting Movie Data

To select data in a word processor, you drag across the text you want to select, and it becomes highlighted. Because you can’t view all the data in a QuickTime movie at the same time, you specify the beginning and end of your selection as points on the Time slider. You can select movie data in two basic ways. The first method uses the Selection indicators in QuickTime Player; the second involves the Shift key.

To select a portion of a movie with selection indicators:

1.
Click the Selection End indicator—the rightmost triangular indicator below the Time slider—to activate it (Figure 6.1).

Figure 6.1. When you click the Selection End indicator, it becomes active (turns into a triangle outlined in black). The time display also changes to match the location of the Selection End indicator.


When the Selection End indicator becomes active, it turns from solid gray to an outline of a triangle. The time display shows the time represented by the Selection End indicator.

2.
Drag the Selection End indicator to the point where you want the selection to end.

As you drag the indicator, the time display continues to show the time represented by the Selection End indicator and the movie-display area shows the movie image for that time. A portion of the Time slider becomes gray (Figure 6.2). (Or if it was already gray, that portion extends to your new out point.) When you release the mouse button, the movie image switches back to the image located at the Current Location indicator.

Figure 6.2. The gray area in the Time slider represents the selected portion of the movie.


3.
Click the Selection Begin indicator—the leftmost triangular indicator below the Time slider—to activate it (Figure 6.3).

Figure 6.3. When you click the Selection Begin indicator, it becomes active (turns into a triangle outlined in black). The time display also changes to match the location of the Selection Begin indicator.


When the Selection Begin indicator is active, it becomes an outlined triangle. Now the time display shows the time represented by the Selection Begin indicator.

4.
Drag the Selection Begin indicator to the point where you want the selection to begin.

Again, as you drag, the time display and the movie image are updated to match the location of the Selection Begin indicator, and the length of the gray portion of the Time slider changes accordingly.


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