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As you review the footage you've imported into iMovie, you're most likely going to find that some parts are going to be more usable than others. For example, there's almost always some shots of the camera being raised up to shoot or dropped down at your side when you're done shooting before you stop recording. Or, maybe you're like me and have lots of footage of the inside of your camera bag from when you accidentally hit the record button before putting the camera away. So as you're going through your clips, it's a good idea to mark certain parts as, what iMovie refers to as, favorites. Favorites are pieces of footage that you have marked as good so you can easily identify them later when you want to use them in a project.
Similarly, you can also mark part of your clips as rejects, and set them up for deletion so they're not sitting there taking up space on your hard drive. So let's see how we do this. I'm going to review the footage of my running event, and first of all, I'm going to click this menu here, and switch the zoom slider back to five seconds, since I previously switched it, and there are a couple of shots in here that I really like. Like this shot here of me running by these farm silos. I want to mark that as a favorite. To do so, I'll just Cmd click it to select the entire clip, and then, I can either right click on that clip and choose Favorite, or, much more quickly, I can just press F on my keyboard.
And that puts this green bar at the top of my selection. So, when I come back to this event, I can see right away that I marked this footage as good and usable. Looks like there's some more footage here. And maybe I like this footage here of me running over these wooden stairs. But maybe this time, I don't like the part where the camera is moving into position at the very beginning. You can see a lot of camera shake there. So I'll just skim over it until I start entering the shot. It will be right about there, and I'll just click and drag to select. And then I'll press F to mark this as a Favorite. Now similarly, you can also mark footage as rejected so you don't waste your time reviewing it later.
For example, in this clip here, it's basically just footage of this camera panning over this wooden walkway. This footage isn't that great, and I'll probably never use it. So I'm going to select the entire clip, again, by Cmd clicking it, and this time, I can either right-click and choose Reject or, I can just press the Delete key on my keyboard. Notice the footage instantly disappears. I now see I have 32 items here instead of 33. And that's because I have the default display from my event browser selected, what you can see here is Hide Rejected. In this view, I can have only see footage that I haven't marked and footage that I've marked as favorites.
If I switched to all clips, now I see my rejected footage, but it still marked with a red bar. So, I know that I already deemed it unfit for any of my projects. We also have the option here of viewing just the rejected clips, in case you want to double check your work and really make sure there is nothing in here that you might want to use later. If you find that you do want to use something later, maybe I will just select the middle portion of the clip here, first I will deselect and then I'll drag across it. And I can right click on that and use Unrate, or press U. I'll now be able to see it when I choose Hide Rejected. So right here.
But it also left the rest of the clip that I didn't select as rejected. Similarly, I can unrate clips that I've marked as a favorite if I changed my mind or just marked it by accident. Just make a selection around the marked area, you might want to make the selection a little larger than the marked area to make sure you get it all, and then press u. That's going to go back to my rejected clips. Cmd click to select them both, and then rate those as well. So now that clip has been fully restored. So that's the basics of rating your clips as favorites or as rejects. It takes some time, but if you do this each time you import footage, it will make your life so much easier down the road when you need to locate your A material.
You can just switch your view to favorites only, and pick from your best footage in the event. Now in this case I only marked one as a favorite. So I'm just going to switch the view back to default Hide Rejected. And that's how to rate your footage in iMovie.
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