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iMovie '09 is a powerful video editing tool that is part of Apple's iLife suite. In iMovie '09 Essential Training, Damian Allen takes new and intermediate users through the steps to create professional-looking video. Damian covers the whole editing process, from importing audio, video, and image files to adding text and graphics. He also teaches several ways to share a finished piece with others. Exercise files accompany the course.
If a clip in your project needs to be trimmed precisely but only by a few frames, you can fine-tune the start and end of the clip on the fly. Just position your mouse pointer either at the start or end of the clip and then hold down the Option and Command keys. Drag the handle that appears. As you drag you'll see a number indicating how many frames you're adding or subtracting and the new total length of the clip. You can add or subtract up to a second of video using this method.
Now if you're not one for remembering keyboard shortcuts, and in this case the keyboard shortcut is holding down Command and Option together, you can add icons to access the Fine Tuning function. Choose iMovie > Preferences and in the Browser section select Show Fine Tuning controls. Now when you mouse over a clip, you'll see additional icons at the start and end of the filmstrip. Click one and the Fine Tuning handle appears.
Adjust it just as you would, if you'd access it via Command and Option. One more advanced tip while we're on the topic of shortcuts. But just remember, these were all methods of achieving the same result. So choose the one that's most comfortable to you. If you position your mouse pointer at the start or end of a clip and hold down the Option key, you can then press the left and right arrows to add or remove exactly one frame of video at a time. Of course, be sure to hold down the Option key the entire time while you're making the adjustment with the arrow keys.
And when you're done, lift your finger off the Option key and your edit's complete.
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