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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.
Another kind of edit you might find yourself performing on your clips a lot is splitting. Splitting is useful when you have a clip in which you want to keep all the footage but maybe you want to stick some additional footage somewhere in the middle of that clip. So, for example, maybe in this shot of our surfer looking out over the waves, I want to cut to a shot of the waves themselves. To split a clip, just select the first portion of the clip up, to the point where you want the split to occur. So I'll drag from the left to the right, to maybe about right there, and then choose Clip > Split Clip or use the keyboard command of Shift+Command+S. So you can see that splits the clip into two, but they will still play seamlessly at this point.
(clip playing) So now let's go to the Events Browser, and I'm going to select the few seconds of these waves rolling over the shore here. Let's grab maybe this portion here. I'm just going to drag this between my two split clips, right there. You can see the green bar appears, and when I release, there it is. So let's see what that looks like. (clip playing) Now, we are hearing changes between the clips in terms of the audio, but that's something we can fix when we start working with audio.
But there you have a basic example of why you might want to split a clip. Or if you change your mind and want to join two clips back together, I can either delete that clip I just added or if I want to keep the clip I can just select it and move it to the end my project. To join a split clip back together, you just have to position them, so they are next to each other in the Timeline and then select either half and choose Clip > Join Clip. iMovie knows that these two clips were originally split up and it instantly restores them into a single clip. Now let me show you a different way to split a clip, which you can use once you start feeling more comfortable with iMovie.
Let's just use the same clip. Just position your mouse at the point where you want the split to occur, using the viewer as your guide, and then press the keyboard command Shift+Command+S to instantly make the split. This can be a lot faster than selecting the clip. Notice you can always tell it's a split clip because its corners on the side where it's been split are not rounded. All the other clips have rounded corners, but where the split occurs, you have the straight corners. Lastly, it is possible to split a clip into three pieces instead of just two. Just make a selection in a clip that doesn't include the very beginning or very end of the clip, something like that.
Then choose Clip > Split Clip, or use the keyboard command again, and notice now I have three chunks of that clip. So if you want to insert multiple shots within a single clip, this can be a quicker way to get it done. And again, if you do this by accident, or just change your mind, just make sure all the clips are adjacent to each other, and select the middle clip--unless you want to leave one portion of the clip split off--and then choose Clip > Join Clip to put them back together, and I'll do the same with this clip as well. So, that's how we split our clips in iMovie '11.
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