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pane. When they seem to be in a good order for your fnished scene, drag the whole batch to the Movie Track at once. Tip: See the little tiny icon next to the name of your project (top of the window)? If you drag that icon to any visible swatch of your Desktop, you create an alias of your project there--a handy, double-clickable launch pad to get you back into this project tomorrow. Navigating Your Clips Undo, Revert, and Other Safety Nets As programs go, iMovie is a forgiving one. For starters, the EditUndo command is an unlimited Undo command, meaning that you can retrace (undo) your steps, one at a time, working backward all the way back to the moment when you created the project. (You can even unimport a clip from your camcorder!) There's an EditRedo command, too, so you can undo your undoing. Revert to Saved But iMovie HD also offers, for the frst time, a Revert to Saved command. If you really botch your work, choosing FileRevert to Saved takes the project all the way back to its condition the last time you used the Save command. It basically undoes every step you took since then. Still, unlimited Undo, and even Revert to Saved, aren't always ideal. If you made a mistake eight steps ago, you can undo that step, but only by undoing the seven suc- cessful editing steps you took thereafter. Even more important, you lose your entire Undo/Redo and Revert to Saved trails every time you use the Save command! That little quirk ought to throw cold water on any c-S­happy frequent savers. Revert Clip to Original Even then, however, iMovie has one more safety net in store for you: the Advanced Revert Clip to Original command (called Restore Clip in iMovie 4). Remember that every time you cut or crop a clip, iMovie doesn't actually disturb the clip itself (the fle on your hard drive). Instead, it simply shifts around its own internal pointers to the portion of the clip that you want to use. As a result, it's a piece of cake for iMovie to say, "Oh, you want me to throw away those pointers and give you back the original clip as it came from the camcorder? No problem." In short, the Revert Clip to Original command gives you a convenient safety net, a chance to start with a clean slate on a clip-by-clip basis. (You can also Control-click a clip and choose this command from the shortcut menu.) When you choose Revert Clip to Original, iMovie displays the dialog box shown in Figure 5-3. If you click OK, iMovie returns the clip to its original, precut, precrop chapter5:buildingthemovie 125