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Playing a Segment of the Movie You don't have to play the entire Movie Track. You can play only a chunk of it by frst selecting only the clips you want. To do that, click the frst clip you want to play, and then Shift-click the fnal one. Now click the Play button or press the Space bar; iMovie plays only the clips you highlighted. Playing the Movie Track While the Movie is Playing As the Movie Track plays, three simultaneous indicators show your position in the flm. First, of course, the Playhead slides along the subdivided-looking Scrubber bar. If the Timeline Viewer is visible, a duplicate Playhead slides along it. If the Clip Viewer is visible, on the other hand, a bright red, inverted T cursor slides along the faces of the clips themselves, which lets you know at a glance what clip you're seeing in the Monitor window and how much of it you've seen (Figure 5-13). You can't drag this cursor like a true scroll bar handle; it's purely an indicator. Figure 5-13: Because every clip icon is the same size but not every clip is the same length, the T indicator speeds up or slows down as it arrives at the left edge of each clip. (You can see it in the center clip here, approaching the right side of the frame.) While the movie is playing, you can take control in several ways: · Use the playback controls beneath the Monitor (or their keystroke equivalents) to pause, stop, rewind, and so on. · Navigate the whole movie by clicking in the Scrubber bar or dragging the Playhead, exactly as when navigating a clip. · Deselect the highlighted clips by clicking on any "brushed metal" spot in the iMovie window. This trick comes in very handy when you're doing a quick playback of a title, transition, or special effect you've just created. Ordinarily, iMovie would stop playback at the end of the new element, but often you want to see how the new effect fows into the next clip. If you see the end of the highlighted clip looming as the Playhead chugs along, you can click to deselect the clip without even inter- rupting the playback. · Adjust the volume by pressing the up-arrow or down-arrow key. · Jump into Play Full Screen mode by clicking the Play Full Screen button. · Add a bookmark by pressing c-B, or a DVD chapter marker by pressing Shift- c-M. chapter5:buildingthemovie 143