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In iMovie '11 Essential Training, author Garrick Chow illustrates the process of creating high-quality video using iMovie '11. The course covers the entire post-production process, from importing audio, video, and still images to adding effects, creating trailers, and sharing your finished projects on social networks. Also included are tutorials on adjusting audio levels, automatically identifying clips that include faces, and using green screen effects. Exercise files accompany the course.
As your iMovie Event Library continues to grow over time, there is going to be more and more footage in there that you'll probably never use. This is why it's a good idea to always mark your footage as favorites, as well as rejected. You can leave any footage you're not sure about unmarked, but there is bound to be a lot of footage you know you absolutely won't use. So be sure to mark those clips as rejected, because it will make it much easier to delete it later when you start running out of hard drive space. Incidentally, something I didn't mention in the movie on marking your clips, you can select footage and press the Delete or Backspace key on your keyboard, which is the same as marking them as rejected.
So if I go find a clip that I don't care about here-- I will just grab some of these trees and I press the Delete key on my keyboard-- you can see if I go and view Rejected Only, that moves that clip to the rejected area. Again, all rejected clips can be viewed here, and here you can decide whether these clips are really no good, or you can give them a reprieve by unmarking them and setting them back to the event they came from. Again, you do that by selecting the clip and then clicking the Unmark button here. But if you're sure you no longer need the clips that appear here, you can click the Move Rejected to Trash button right here.
Confirm that you do want to move them to the trash. Unlike some other programs, iMovie doesn't have its own trash system. The clips actually get sent right to the system trash. So if I go and look in my system Trash right now, you can see these are the files that iMovie just moved there. Here is the actual clip. Here are the thumbnails. So everything that has to do with that clip is now in my trash. So when I go to empty the trash, that footage will be permanently removed, and I'll free up that hard drive space. Now, at this point as long as I haven't quit iMovie, I can still undo that move if I want to get those clips back.
So I can choose Edit > Undo Move Rejected Clips to Trash. If I go back in Rejected here, you'll see that they're now back in here. Even if you do move the rejected clips to the trash, you obviously won't be able to undo that after you've quit, but you can go to the system Trash, find those files. You can see it's actually made a couple of copies here since I've moved them back and forth a couple of times here, and just find the original clip and import that back into iMovie. You don't have to worry about grabbing the Thumbnails, because iMovie will generate those for you.
So this is the last place you can get that footage back. If you click Empty, that footage will be permanently deleted. Now deleting rejected clips is pretty easy, but even that can get tedious, and it still may not rid you of nearly all the footage in your Event Library that you haven't used and probably will never use. To help you weed out footage like that, you can choose File > Space Saver. Here you can automatically tag as rejected any clips that are not used in any projects, that are not marked as a favorite, and that are not marked with a keyword. Or you can choose any combination of the three.
For instance, if I wanted to reject everything in this clip that wasn't marked with the keyword, I could check that and then click Reject and Review. Any clips that meet that criteria are instantly marked as rejected and displayed in the Rejected Only area of the Event Browser. From here, you can review the clips, unmark any you want to keep, and then send the rest to the trash. If you have a large Event Library, you'll probably send a ton of footage to the reject pile this way. Chances are you might want to save a good bit of it, but you also probably be able to get rid of a lot of it and free up a good chunk of hard drive space.
Now these are all good methods for getting rid of unused clips or portions of clips, but if you know you want to get rid of an entire event-- so for instance, maybe I want to get rid of this event here-- you can just right-click on the event and choose Move Event to Trash, and everything in that event will then be placed in your trash. So that's how we review and delete unused footage from our iMovie events, and that about does it for the organizational skills. In the next chapter, we'll start doing some real editing.
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