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Selecting footage Before you can cut, copy, or paste footage, QuickTime Player needs to provide a way for you to specify what footage you want to manipulate. Its solution: the two tiny gray triangles beneath the horizontal scroll bar, visible in Figure 14-4. These are the "in" and "out" points, exactly like the crop handles in iMovie. By dragging these triangles, you're supposed to enclose the scene you want to cut or copy. Tip: You can gain more precise control over the selection procedure shown in Figure 14-4 by clicking one of the triangles and then pressing the right or left arrow key, exactly as when using the Scrubber bar under iMovie's Monitor window. Doing so expands or contracts the selected chunk of footage by one frame at a time. You may also prefer to select a piece of footage by Shift-clicking the Play button. As long as you hold down the Shift key, you continue to select footage. When you release the Shift key, you stop the playback, and the selected passage appears in gray on the scroll bar. QuickTime Player Pro Once you've highlighted a passage of footage, you can proceed as follows: · Jump to the beginning or end of the selected footage by pressing Option-right or -left arrow key. (This doesn't work if one of the handles is highlighted.) · Deselect the footage by dragging the two triangles together again. · Play only the selected passage by choosing MoviePlay Selection Only. (The other Movie menu commands, such as Loop, apply only to the selection at this point.) · Drag the movie picture out of the Player window and onto the desktop, where it becomes a movie clipping that you can double-click to view. · Cut, copy, or clear the highlighted material using the commands in the Edit menu. Tip: If you paste some copied text directly into QuickTime Player Pro, you get a 2-second title (such as an opening credit) at the current frame, professionally displayed as white type against a black background (Figure 14-4). QuickTime Player automatically uses the font, size, and style of the text that was in the text clipping. You can paste a graphic image, too; again, you get a 2-second "slide" of that still image. If you fnd it easier, you can also drag a text or picture clipping fle directly from the desktop into the QuickTime Player window; once again, you get a two-second insert. To make the text or picture appear longer than 2 seconds, drag or paste it several times in a row. In either case, you specify the fonts, sizes, and styles of your low-budget titling feature by formatting the text that way before you copy it from your word processor. (This feature requires a word processor that preserves such formatting on the Clipboard. Stickies, TextEdit, Word, AppleWorks, and America Online are all examples.) Pasting footage After cutting or copying footage, you can move it elsewhere in the movie. Specify where you want the pasted material to go by frst clicking or dragging in the horizontal scroll bar, so that the black Playhead marks the spot; then choose EditPaste. The chapter14:quicktimeplayer 341