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Importing Camcorder Footage You can ride the Space bar, tapping it to turn the Import button on and off, capturing only the good parts as the playback continues. During this process, you'll notice a number of changes to your iMovie environment (Figure 4-6): · The Import button lights up, as though illuminated by a blue spotlight. · As soon as you click Import, what looks like a slide appears in the frst square of the Clips pane, as shown in Figure 4-5. That's a clip--a single piece of footage that makes up one of the building blocks of an iMovie movie. Its icon is a picture of the frst frame. · Superimposed on the clip, in its upper-left corner, is the length of the clip expressed as "minutes:seconds:frames." You can see this little timer ticking upward as the clip grows longer. For example, if it says 1:23:10, then the clip is 1 minute, 23 seconds, and 10 frames long. Getting used to this kind of frame counter takes some practice for two reasons. First, computers start counting from 0, not from 1, so the very frst frame of a clip is called 00:00. Second, remember that there are 30 frames per second (in NTSC digital video; 25 in PAL digital video). So the far-right number in the time code (the frame counter) counts up to 29 before fipping over to 00 again--not to 59