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Splitting clips

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Video: Splitting clips

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.

Splitting clips

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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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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