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The bottom line: Choose a setting that's 1024 x 768 or larger. Poor iMovie can't even run at any lower setting. Caution: If you switch your resolution to a resolution lower than 1024 x 768 while iMovie is open, the program has no choice but to quit. (At least it does you the courtesy of offering to save the changes to the project fle you've been working on.) The program is more graceful when you switch between two higher resolutions; it instantly adjusts its various windows and controls to ft the resized screen. In other words, whenever you switch resolutions while the program is open, be extra careful not to choose, for example, 800 x 600 by mistake. Getting into iMovie The Create Project Dialog Box If everything has gone well, and iMovie approves of your monitor setting, your next stop is the window (Figure 4-3). Figure 4-3: Click Create Project to begin working on a new movie, Open Existing Project to open an exist- ing movie, Magic iMovie to let the program assemble a movie unattended, or Quit to back out of the whole thing. The little ? button opens up the iMovie HD Help system. You've reached a decision point: You must now tell the program whether you want to begin a new movie (called a project in iMovie lingo), open one you've already started, use the new Magic iMovie feature (page 105), or quit the program. After the frst time you run iMovie, you may not see the dialog box shown in Figure 4-3 very often. After that, each time you launch iMovie, it automatically opens up the movie you were working on most recently. If you ever want to see the Project dialog box again, in fact, you'll have to do one of the following: · Instead of quitting iMovie when you're fnished working, just close its window, so that the Create Project screen reappears. If you quit iMovie now, it won't open any project the next time you fre up the program; it will show the Create Project dialog box instead. chapter4:camcordermeetsmac 89