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Second, a notation appears beneath the Movie Track that identifes the amount of footage between the handles. It might say, for example, "Frames selected 0:03:15 of 6:00:02 total." That is, you've selected 3.5 seconds of a 6-minute movie. Being able to see exactly how much footage you're about to cut (or preserve) can be extremely useful when the timing of your movie is important, as when editing it to accompany a music track or when creating a movie that must be, for example, exactly 30 seconds long. Tip: If you've really made a mess of your selection, click just below the Scrubber bar, on the brushed aluminum iMovie background. The program deselects your footage so that you can try again. Three Ways to Trim a Clip Snipping Off One End of a Clip Having mastered the art of selecting a portion of a clip, as described in the previous section, you're ready to put it to work. Suppose, for example, that you want to shave off some footage from only one end of your clip: 1.Highlightthefootageyouwanttodelete(atthebeginningorendoftheScrubber bar). The arrangement should look like Figure 5-7. Figure 5-7: To trim footage from one end of the clip, just highlight that much, using the triangle handles. The Monitor window shows you where you are in the foot- age as you drag the triangles. And once again, you can use the arrow keys to fne-tune the position of the triangle you've most recently clicked. 2.ChooseEditCut. iMovie promptly trims away whatever was highlighted between the triangles. As a bonus, your invisible Clipboard now contains the snipped piece, which you're welcome to paste right back into the Clips pane or Movie Track using the Edit Paste command, in case you might need it again. chapter5:buildingthemovie 133