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Moreover, you can freely drag clips back and forth between the Clips pane and the Movie Track. (The ability to drag clips back and forth between the Clips pane and the Timeline Viewer is new in iMovie HD, and really useful.) Remember, by the way, that you can switch the Movie Track between its two view- ers by pressing c-E. It corresponds to the second command in the new View menu, which says either "Switch to Clip Viewer" or "Switch to Timeline Viewer," whichever one you're not in. The Movie Track: Your Storyboard Readouts in the Movie Track iMovie identifes the name of your movie at the top of the window (and its format: DV-NTSC, for example, or HD-1080i-30 for "high-defnition, 1080 interlaced scan lines, 30 frames per second"). At the very bottom of the window, you can see the name of the selected clip (or how many clips are selected), and how long it is relative to the whole movie. Tip: The iMovie HD screen no longer tells you when a certain clip was flmed, as did previous versions. But that information is still easy to fnd: just double-click the clip you're wondering about. The resulting dialog box includes a line for Capture Date, which lets you know when you shot that clip. It's an extremely useful little statistic--like the date stamp on the back of a Kodak print. Dragging to the Movie Track There's not much to using the Movie Track: just drag a clip from the Clips pane directly onto it. For your visual pleasure, iMovie shows you a ghosted, translucent image of the clip's frst frame as you drag. Here are a few tips for making the most of this Clips pane­to­Movie Track proce- dure: · If you want a clip placed at the end of the clips in the Movie Track, drop it in the slice of gray, empty space at the right end. Tip: It can be diffcult to drag a clip to the end of the Timeline Viewer, because no gray gap appears there. Depending on the mood of the technology gods, a gap may appear when your cursor actually approaches the right end of the display, making the existing clips scoot leftward to make room. But sometimes that doesn't happen. If you're having trouble, remember that you can either (a) switch to the Clip Viewer view to tack a clip onto the end or (b) copy the clip from the Clips pane, click the last clip in the Timeline Viewer, and then paste. The clip pops neatly to the right of the last clip. · If you want to put a clip between two clips on the Movie Track, drag your cursor between those clips, and watch as iMovie makes room by shoving existing clips to the right. chapter5:buildingthemovie 137