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Navigating Your Clips You can also rename a clip in its Clip Info dialog box (see Figure 4-10), which is the only way to change a clip's name in the Timeline Viewer. To open this box, just double- click the clip. (Or, if you're billing by the hour, Control-click the clip and, from the shortcut menu, choose Show Info.) An iMovie clip's name can be 127 letters and spaces long. Be aware, however, that only about the frst eleven letters of it actually show up under the clip icon. (The easiest way to see the whole clip name is to double-click the clip icon and then drag your cursor through the Name feld in the resulting dialog box.) The clip renaming you do in iMovie doesn't affect the names of the fles in your project's Media folder on the hard drive (see page 113). Files there remain forever with their original names: Clip 01, Clip 02, and so on. That's why, in times of troubleshoot- ing or fle administration, the Clip Info box that appears when you double-click a clip can be especially useful. It's the only way to fnd out how a clip that you've renamed in iMovie corresponds to a matching clip on your hard drive. Tip: Because you can only see the frst few letters of a clip's name when it's on the Clips pane, adopt clever naming conventions to help you remember what's in each clip. Use prefx codes like CU (for "closeup"), ES ("establishing shot"), MS ("medium shot"), WS ("wide shot"), and so on, followed by useful keywords ("wild laughter," "sad melon," and so on). If the clip contains recorded speech, clue yourself in by including