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The important thing to remember is that the resulting iMovie project is fully editable; there's nothing holy about any of the creative decisions that iMovie makes. You can still chop out clips you don't want, remove or edit some transitions, add or remove chapter markers, and so on. Figure 4-12: This handy cheat sheet helps you keep track of Magic iMovie's progress as it rewinds your camcorder, begins im- porting the footage, stops the camcorder when it reaches the end of the recorded portion, adds titles and transitions to the imported material, lays down the audio you selected (you'll even see a movie switch momentarily into the Timeline Viewer mode), and, if you requested it, hands off the result to iDVD. Magic iMovie Managing Project Files In the iMovie HD era, your movie may appear on the hard drive in one of two for- mats. · If it's a new iMovie HD project, it's represented on your hard drive by a single fle icon (see Figure 4-13, top). Having a single-icon project document makes it very convenient to open, copy, delete, rename, or move a video project, because you have only one icon to worry about. · If it's an older iMovie project that you've opened into iMovie HD, it remains just as it was: as a folder full of associated fles (Figure 4-13, bottom). You can read more about this distinction later in the chapter. But frst, the basics of opening, switching, and converting movie projects. Starting a New Project To start a new project after you've been editing another one, choose FileNew Project; indicate whether or not you want to save the changes to your outgoing movie (if you haven't already saved them); and off you go. chapter4:camcordermeetsmac 109