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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 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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