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To reveal the contents of this folder-pretending-to-be-a-document, use the Control- key trick revealed in Figure 4-15. Once you've opened up a package into a folder, it looks and works almost exactly like the project folder of older iMovie versions, illustrated in Figure 4-13. Here's a rundown of the fles and folders they have in common. Figure 4-15: Left: Every new iMovie project "fle" is actually a folder. To open it, Control- click it (or right-click it, if you have a second mouse button). From the shortcut menu, choose Show Pack- age Contents. Right: Inside, the contents look very similar to the contents of an old iMovie project folder, shown in Figure 4-13. How iMovie Organizes Its Files The Project File The actual iMovie project fle--called Grand Canyon Flick at right in Figure 4-15--oc- cupies only a few kilobytes of space on the disk, even if it's a very long movie. Behind the scenes, this document contains nothing more than a list of internal references to the QuickTime clips in the Media folder. Even if you copy, chop, split, rearrange, rename, and otherwise spindle the clips in iMovie, the names and quantity of clips in the Media folder don't change; all of your iMovie editing, technically speaking, simply shuffes around your project fle's internal pointers to different moments on the clips you originally captured from the camcorder. The bottom line: If you burn the project document to a CD and take it home to show the relatives for the holidays, you're in for a rude surprise. It's nothing without its accompanying Media folder. (And that's why iMovie now creates a package folder that keeps the document and its media fles together.) The Media folder Inside the Media folder are several, or dozens, or hundreds of individual QuickTime movies, graphics, and sound fles. These represent each clip, sound, picture, or special effect you used in your movie. chapter4:camcordermeetsmac 113