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So what happens to the original clip? iMovie puts it into your project Trash. As long as you don't empty your trash, you can recover the original clip (and remove the effect) at any time. The Effects Pane Removing an Effect If you click a clip and then press the Delete key, you're saying: "Throw away the ef- fect. Bring back my original, unmodifed clip." Much though it may feel like you're instructing iMovie to delete the clip itself, you're not. (You would have to press Delete a second time to achieve that purpose.) In any case, when you delete an effect in this way, iMovie pulls your original footage out of the project Trash and reinstates it. That is, it does so if you haven't emptied the Trash. Remember that once you empty your project Trash, you throw away your opportunity to adjust or remove effects forever. Note: If you do empty the Trash, you'll notice something weird: The little Effect indicator shown in Figure 6-8 vanishes from all of your effects clips! That's because as far as iMovie is concerned, those effects are now part of the original clips, married to them forever. Adjusting an Effect Despite what the iMovie online help says, there's no Update button on the Effects pane. To adjust the start time, stop time, or other parameters of a special effect, you must frst delete the effect altogether, as described above, and then reapply it using new settings. Superimposing Effects It's perfectly possible to combine effects by applying frst one, and then another. For example, after using the Black & White effect, you may want to use the Brightness & Contrast control to adjust its gray tones. You can even apply a single effect repeatedly, intensifying its effect; for instance, you could apply Fairy Dust several times to make it appear as though multiple freworks are going off. Or you could apply Rain twice at different intensities to add depth to your simulated deluge. Once you've applied more than one effect to a certain clip, iMovie thoughtfully adds a "number-of-effects" number next to the effects symbol, as shown in Figure 6-8. When it comes time to remove some of your layered effects, you'll appreciate that indicator. It will keep you sane as you peel away one effect after another. For example, suppose you're making a disaster movie. To one climactic clip, you've applied two Rains, three Earthquakes, an Electricity, and a pair of Fogs. If you decide that perhaps you've laid it on a bit thick, you can click the clip and then start tapping the Delete key. With each tap, you remove one effect, in reverse chrono- logical order, until only the original clip remains. (Be careful not to press Delete that last time; you'll remove the clip itself!) chapter6:transitionsandeffects 165