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Fine-tuning clips

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Video: Fine-tuning clips

As we have already seen, it's easy to select the portions of the clips you want to add to your project just by selecting them in the Event Browser and dragging them into your project. But it's not very easy to be precise about exactly which frames of the clip you are starting and ending with. That's where the Precision Editor comes in. It lets you fine-tune the moment where one clip stops and the next one begins. It can be useful in cases where you want to time the start of a clip exactly with a music queue, or if there is something at the end of a shot that you want to cut out at exactly the right moment. To use the Precision Editor, just roll over one of the clips you want to edit and then click the Action menu and select Precision Editor.

Fine-tuning clips

As we have already seen, it's easy to select the portions of the clips you want to add to your project just by selecting them in the Event Browser and dragging them into your project. But it's not very easy to be precise about exactly which frames of the clip you are starting and ending with. That's where the Precision Editor comes in. It lets you fine-tune the moment where one clip stops and the next one begins. It can be useful in cases where you want to time the start of a clip exactly with a music queue, or if there is something at the end of a shot that you want to cut out at exactly the right moment. To use the Precision Editor, just roll over one of the clips you want to edit and then click the Action menu and select Precision Editor.

That opens the Precision Editor at the bottom of the window. The dots that you see here represent each cut in your clip, meaning the point where one clip ends and the next one begins. The blue dot is the edit point you're currently working on, so you can simply drag it left or right. Notice that it gives me fine-grain control over where this clip ends just by watching it in the viewer. So in this case, I can control exactly where our surfer's head is facing when I cut away from this shot. So here I can see him turn, and maybe right there is where I want to cut away.

Now while I am in here, I can click on any of the other edit points to adjust them as well. Clicking on this one, you can see, scrolls everything over, and again I can adjust this shot. Notice that this doesn't make your overall project any longer or shorter, because as you lengthen or shorten a clip, you are lengthening or shortening the clip that follows it, too. Now in a case like this one here, I can't drag the blue point past the beginning of this clip underneath here because that is the literal beginning of that clip. There is no more footage before this point in the clip, so I can't drag the blue dot pass that point. But I have all this space in here to play with.

Similarly, I can't drag and pass this point here because this is the end of the clip at the top. But I can drag back and forth between those two points to exactly where I want the clips to transition. And when you are done in here, you can click Done, and that's how you fine-tune the edit point between the clips in your project.

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iMovie 11 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 44s
    1. Welcome
      45s
    2. Using the exercise files
      59s
  2. 1m 6s
    1. Making sure you have the latest version of iMovie
      1m 6s
  3. 19m 13s
    1. Types of connections
      1m 58s
    2. Importing from a tape-based camera
      5m 40s
    3. Importing from a memory-based camera
      4m 8s
    4. Importing from a digital still camera
      3m 31s
    5. Importing from other sources
      2m 24s
    6. Capturing live action
      1m 32s
  4. 11m 55s
    1. Interface overview
      2m 8s
    2. The Event Library and Event Browser
      4m 9s
    3. Selecting and adding clips to a project
      3m 3s
    4. The toolbar
      2m 35s
  5. 23m 53s
    1. Organizing events
      4m 28s
    2. Rating clips
      3m 26s
    3. Advanced rating tools
      2m 34s
    4. Tagging with keywords
      5m 6s
    5. Automatically finding people in your clips
      2m 15s
    6. Moving events to a different hard drive
      2m 15s
    7. Deleting unwanted clips from your hard drive
      3m 49s
  6. 26m 40s
    1. Creating a new project
      2m 36s
    2. Adding clips to the project
      5m 46s
    3. Trimming and slip edits
      3m 40s
    4. Fine-tuning clips
      2m 6s
    5. Splitting clips
      3m 0s
    6. Cropping and rotating
      5m 11s
    7. The advanced Edit tool
      2m 14s
    8. Using a traditional timeline
      2m 7s
  7. 51m 55s
    1. Creating and adjusting still clips
      3m 22s
    2. Incorporating photos
      5m 48s
    3. Adjusting color
      5m 51s
    4. Using transitions
      9m 5s
    5. Adding titles
      4m 1s
    6. Using one-step effects
      2m 14s
    7. Stabilizing video
      5m 7s
    8. Using green screen effects
      7m 0s
    9. Creating movie trailers
      9m 27s
  8. 36m 21s
    1. Adjusting audio levels and position
      6m 8s
    2. Adding music and sound effects
      7m 15s
    3. Adding background music
      6m 48s
    4. Adding a voiceover
      5m 4s
    5. Extracting audio from other clips
      2m 58s
    6. Editing to the beat
      8m 8s
  9. 35m 11s
    1. Exporting to iTunes
      4m 58s
    2. Exporting to the Media Browser
      3m 37s
    3. Sharing to iDVD
      51s
    4. Publishing to a MobileMe web gallery
      4m 26s
    5. Publishing to YouTube, Vimeo, and iReport
      4m 39s
    6. Publishing to Facebook
      2m 49s
    7. Exporting QuickTime movies
      2m 29s
    8. Exporting a project for Final Cut
      2m 26s
    9. Changing published projects
      57s
    10. Finalizing your project
      2m 5s
    11. Moving a project to another Mac
      5m 54s
  10. 41s
    1. Goodbye
      41s

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