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controls, iMovie immediately switches back into Edit Mode. The camcorder stops automatically.) Once you've highlighted a clip, its name and duration appear at the bottom edge of the Movie Track, as shown in Figure 5-1. To deselect a clip (all clips, in fact), choose EditSelect None, or press Shift-c-A, or Control-click any clip and choose Select None from the shortcut menu. If you're menu-phobic, just click anywhere except on a clip (on the metallic-looking iMovie background, say), or Shift-click the frst or last in a series of highlighted clips. Knowing these fve ways to deselect your clips will save you frustration. Just after you create an effect or title, for example, iMovie leaves only that clip highlighted. You'll usually want to deselect it--and to play back what comes before and after the effect--to see your handiwork in context. Navigating Your Clips Select Several Clips You can use a number of techniques to highlight several clips simultaneously. For example: · In the Movie Track, click one clip, and then Shift-click the last one. All consecutive clips between them get selected. · You can also select several clips that aren't next to each other using the same tech- niques you'd use to select nonadjacent icons in a Finder list view. To do so, click the frst clip, then c-click each additional clip. You can also c-click a selected clip to deselect it. · In the Clips pane, you can either Shift-click or c-click several clips, one at a time. (You may as well learn to c-click, though, so you can use the same shortcut in both the Clips pane and the Movie Track.) · You can also choose a bunch of clips, either in the Clips pane or in the Movie Track, by drag-selecting them. This technique involves positioning the cursor in the gray area outside clips and dragging diagonally over the clips you want to select. As you drag, you create a faint gray selection rectangle. Any clips touched by, or inside, this rectangle become highlighted. · In either the Clips pane or the Movie Track, you can select all of the clips by choos- ing EditSelect All (c-A). Or Control-click any clip and choose Select All from the shortcut menu. Tip: Once you've selected several clips, you can c-click a clip to remove it from the selection, if you like. Also, like the corresponding trick in the Finder, you c-click a stray clip to add it to a Shift-clicked group. So why would you want to select several clips at once? Let us count the tricks: · Delete them all by pressing the Delete key, or drag them all to the project Trash. · Use the Cut, Copy, or Clear commands in the Edit menu to affect all of them at once. (Why not just choose these commands from the shortcut menu that appears chapter5:buildingthemovie 121