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Now you can adjust the title style, the text of the title itself, the title's timing, the di- rection of motion, or any other parameters described in the frst part of the chapter. When you're fnished, click the Update button just below the Preview button. iMovie begins the rendering process again, putting in place a brand-new title, and splitting the superimposed footage in a different place, if necessary. Note: The good news is that your ability to edit the title isn't subject to the availability of the Undo com- mand. In other words, you can revise the settings for a title at any time, even if you've saved the project (and therefore wiped out your Undo trail). But if you've applied multiple superimposed titles, as described in the box below, you can revise only the most recent title you've applied to a particular clip. Inserting and Rendering a Title Deleting a Title As noted previously, a title clip is just a clip. You might wonder, therefore, how you can remove a title without also deleting the footage it affects. POWER USERS' CLINIC Blank Titles and Uni-Clips If you begin a 6-second title at the start of three 2-second clips, you'll wind up with just one clip on your Movie Track: a 6-second title clip. Instead of three icons on your Movie Track, you'll wind up with just one uni-clip. This is business as usual for iMovie, but a unique opportu- nity for you. You can use the titling feature to deliberately knit together multiple clips into one icon--a great way to simplify your movie in progress. As you complete a section of your flm, you can freeze and consolidate its component clips into a single icon. Having fewer clips instead of lots of tiny ones makes it easier to get an overview of your movie as well as do any restructuring work. Before Suppose, for example, that you have three 2-second clips, as shown here at top. To knit them into a single frozen icon, you'd create a 6-second title--but you'd leave its text boxes empty. (If you need a longer title, use one of the Multiple titles, like Centered Multiple. Make as many pair sequences as you want, making sure that all of them are empty.) Once you apply that title, the three 2- second clips magically turn into a single 6-second clip, as shown here at bottom. The best part of all of this is that you can now drag your uni-clips around on the Movie Track, each actually composed of multiple clips. At any time--for example, once you've got the basic struc- ture of your movie intact--you can restore the original compo- nent clips. Just click the uni-clip and press the Delete key (as though to remove the title). Boom: It sproings apart into its component pieces. After Of course, this is not to suggest that you should superimpose the words "Bat Dogs from Hell: The Return" across all of your clips just to enjoy the uni-clip feature. You can use blank titles and get the icon-consolidation effect without adding text. chapter7:titles,captions,andcredits 195