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Chapter 14. Moving Back to Tape > Combining Movie Segments

Combining Movie Segments

It’s often a good idea to break up a longer movie into smaller segments, working on 10- or 20-minute chunks at a time. But when 10 minutes of footage takes up nearly 2 GB, you simply may not have enough storage space, even with today’s bigger hard drives.

To combine movie segments:

1.
Export each segment to DV tape using the steps on the previous pages. It’s helpful to add a few seconds of black frames to the end of each segment, then rewind the tape a bit so the next segment plays right on the heels of the previous one.

2.
Create a new iMovie project by choosing New Project from the File menu. Make sure you have enough hard disk space to accommodate the segments you wish to combine.

3.
Switch to Camera Mode and import the segments. Depending on how you’ve split the segments, you may only have to add a simple transition between them to create a unified whole (Figure 14.3).

Figure 14.3. Combining a Fade Out and a Fade In transition elegantly bridges these two long segments.



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