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Those time-honored techniques--and all of their related problems--still work in iMovie HD. You can read about them later in this chapter. Most of the time, though, you'll want to adopt one of iMovie's sweetest features instead: edge dragging. Instead of chopping off the ends of your clips, you can just hide the ends by dragging them inward, as shown in Figure 5-5. (This kind of non- destructive edge-dragging also works with audio clips. It's a common technique in GarageBand, too.) Tip: Here's a great way to use this technique. First, play back the sequence. Using the arrow keys, position the Playhead so that it pinpoints the precise frame where you want the clip to end. In other words, you're using the Playhead to mark the target for the drag-cropping you're about to perform. Now grab the end of the clip and drag it up against the Playhead. Conveniently enough, the end you're drag- ging snaps against the ghosted Playhead line, as though it's a bookmark. As a result, you get individual-frame accuracy without having to remember precisely how far to drag. (This trick works only if "Snap to items in timeline" is turned on in iMoviePreferences.) Shortening Clips by Dragging Figure 5-5: Top and middle: In the Timeline Viewer, you can drag either the leading or trailing edge of a clip in- ward to shorten it--nondestructively. All subsequent clips slide dutifully to the right or left to accommodate the adjusted clip's new length. Later, in a panic of indecision, you can drag the edge back outward to restore the hidden footage. Bottom: You can tell when a clip is stretched to its full length, because its end has a distinctive roundness. Sharp corners: Some footage hidden Rounded corners: Untrimmed original The beauty of this approach, of course, is its fexibility. After you crop a clip this way, you can play it back to gauge its impact on the fow of scenes. If you feel that you trimmed a little too much, simply grab the end of the clip and drag it outward a little more. If you don't think you cropped enough, drag it inward. And now, three delicious tips pertaining to edge-dragging: chapter5:buildingthemovie 129