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·Multipleclips. If you highlight several clips in the Movie Track, your selected effect will apply to all of them, treating them as one giant clip. When you click the Apply button, you'll see multiple progress bars marching across the faces of the affected clips in the Movie Track. (Unfortunately, some effects, like the rocketing sparkler of Fairy Dust, aren't smart enough to continue across more than one clip. If you select several clips, the effect starts over at the beginning of each one.) Tip: Don't forget that you can select several nonadjacent clips. At that point, you can apply an effect to all of them at once. The Effects Pane ·Partofaclip. If you use the Scrubber bar's selection handles to highlight only a portion of a clip, iMovie will split the clips at the endpoints of the selection, and then apply the effect to the central clip. (iMovie can apply effects only to entire clips, which is why this automatic splitting takes place.) ·Partsofmultipleclips. If you choose EditSelect None, you can use the Scrub- ber bar's selection handles to enclose any stretch of clips (or portions of clips) you like. If necessary, iMovie will again split the end clips at the locations of your handles. Surveying Your Options Now click the Effects button. Portions of this panel (Figure 6-7) should look familiar. The list of effects, the Preview button, and the Preview pane all work exactly as they do for transitions. (For example, when you click an effect name, the small Preview pane shows a crude, jerky representation of what it will look like; if you click the Preview button, you see the same preview in the Monitor window.) But you'll also fnd other controls that don't exist anywhere else in iMovie: ·EffectIn,EffectOut. If you want the chosen effect to start and end exactly at the boundaries of your selection, leave these sliders at their zero points (the far left for Effect In, the far right for Effect Out). If you like, however, you can make these effects kick in (and kick out) gradually, after the clip has already begun (and before it has ended). That's the purpose of these two sliders: to give you control over when they begin or end. For example, if you drag the Effect In slider for a Black & White effect to 5:00, the clip will begin playing in full color. After playing for 5 seconds, however, the color will begin to leach out, leaving the rest of the clip to play in black-and-white (a useful effect if you're trying to depict someone slowly going color-blind). You can set the Effect In and Out points no more than 10 seconds from the beginning or ending of a clip. For example, here's how to make a knockout, professional-looking effect to open your flm: Create a still clip from the frst frame of a movie, as described on page 256. Split it in half. Convert the frst half to black and white, then create a Cross Dissolve between it and the second half. The result: What appears to be a black- chapter6:transitionsandeffects 163