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Navigating Your Clips > Select a Clip - Pg. 120

Navigating Your Clips This clip-assembly area at the bottom of the iMovie screen can appear in either of two ways: ·ClipViewer.In this view, each clip appears as an icon, as though it's a slide on a slide viewer. Each is sized identically, even if one is 8 minutes long and the next is only 2 seconds. ·TimelineViewer. This view also shows a linear map of your movie. But in this case, each clip is represented by a horizontal bar that's as wide as the clip is long. Short clips have short bars; long clips stretch across your screen. Parallel bars below the clips indicate the soundtracks playing simultaneously. Grizzled iMovie veterans are used to switching between these two viewers by click- ing the corresponding icon just above them (either the flm strip or the clock) or by pressing the viewer-switching keystroke: c-E. But they might want to consider a different tactic in iMovie HD: not using the Clip Viewer at all. In iMovie HD, Apple gave the Timeline Viewer all of the drag-and-droppy talents once reserved for the Clip Viewer. Now, for example, you can drag clips to rearrange them in the Timeline Viewer, drag them back and forth to the Clips pane, drag them to the Finder or programs like iDVD, and so on. In short, there's very little reason left to use the Clip Viewer at all.