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Chapter 5: Building the Movie > Tricks of the Timeline Viewer - Pg. 139

Note: When you copy and paste clips within a single project, you're never duplicating any fles on your hard drive, so copying and pasting clips doesn't eat away at your remaining free space. But when you paste into a different project, you may be using far more disk space than you think; see page 478. The Movie Track: Your Storyboard You may wonder how you're supposed to know where your cut or copied footage will appear when pasted. After all, there's no blinking insertion point to tell you. The scheme is fairly simple: · If there's a highlighted clip in the Clips pane or the Movie Track, the pasted clips appear immediately to the right of it. iMovie shoves all other clips to the right to make room for the new arrival. In other words, it's always a good idea to click a clip before pasting to show iMovie where to paste. · If no clip is highlighted, iMovie pastes the cut or copied clips at the Playhead posi- tion in the Movie Track, even if that means chopping an existing clip in half to make room. (That's a change from previous iMovie versions.) · If your intention is to replace the existing video in the Movie Track (instead of just shoving it to the right), don't use the Paste command at all. Instead, use the Paste Over at Playhead command, which is described on page 470. Tricks of the Timeline Viewer Everything you've read in the preceding pages has to do with the Movie Track in gen- eral. Most of the features described so far are available in either of the Movie Track's incarnations: the Clip Viewer or the Timeline Viewer. But the Timeline Viewer is more than just another pretty interface. It's far more useful (and complex) than the Clip Viewer. Many of the Timeline's super powers have to do with audio. Soundtracks, narration, music tracks, and sound effects all appear here as horizontal colored bars that play simultaneously with your video. You can read about these features in Chapter 8. Some of the Timeline's features, however, are useful for everyday video editing--that is, if you consider playing footage in slow or fast motion everyday effects. Zooming The Timeline Viewer has a scroll bar, whose handle appears to be made of blue tooth gel, that lets you bring different parts of your movie into view. But depending on the length and complexity of your movie, you may wish you could zoom in for a more detailed view, or zoom out for a bird's-eye view of the whole project. That's the purpose of the slider shown at lower left in Figure 5-9. It adjusts the relative sizes of the bars that represent your clips. If you drag the slider handle all the way to the left, iMovie shows the entire movie in a single screen, without your having to scroll. The clip bars may be almost micro- chapter5:buildingthemovie 139