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Note: In iMovie HD 5.0.1, there's a tiny bug. If you want to apply a transition to multiple clips, the frst two you select must be adjacent clips (for example, Clips #1 and #2). After that, you can select isolated clips (like Clip #5, Clip #10, and so on). The Apply button will add a transition between each selected clip and the one to its right. And what if you didn't want a transition out of Clip #2? After iMovie applies the multiple transition, you'll have to manually delete the Clip #2 transition. Creating a Transition When rendering is complete When the rendering is complete, you can look over the result very easily. · To watch just the transition itself, click the transition's icon or bar in the Movie Track (it changes color to show that it's highlighted) and then press the Space bar. · To watch the transition and the clips that it joins together, Shift-click the two clips in question. Doing so also highlights the transition between them. Press the Space bar to play the three clips you've highlighted. · It's a good idea to watch your transition by "rewinding" a few seconds into the preceding footage, so that you get a sense of how the effect fts in the context of the existing footage. To give yourself some of this "preroll," choose EditSelect None (or just click anywhere but on a clip) to deselect all the clips. Then click a spot on the Scrubber bar somewhere in the clip before the transition, and press the Space bar to play the movie from that point. · If you don't care for what you've done, choose EditUndo. · If it's too late for the Undo command, you can return to the transition at any time, highlight its icon, and press the Delete key. Your original clips return instantly, exactly as they were before you added the transition. How Transitions Affect the Length of Your Movie As you can see by the example in Figure 6-5, most transitions make your movie shorter. To superimpose the ends of two adjacent clips, iMovie is forced to slide the right-hand clip leftward, making the overall movie end sooner. Under most circumstances, there's nothing wrong with that. After all, that's why you wisely avoided trimming off all of the excess "leader" and "trailer" footage (known as trim handles) from the ends of your clips. By leaving trim handles on each clip--which will be sacrifced to the transition--you'll have some fade-in or fade-out footage to play with. Sometimes, however, having your overall project shortened is a serious problem, especially when you've been "cutting to sound," or synchronizing your footage to an existing music track, as described in Chapter 8. Suppose you've spent hours putting your clips into the Movie Track, carefully trimming them so that they perfectly match chapter6:transitionsandeffects 151