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Splitting, inserting, and connecting clips

From: iMovie 10.0.2 Essential Training

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Another kind of way you might find yourself Now, I also have a close up shot in So what I would like to do is to cut away to that Maybe right about there.

Splitting, inserting, and connecting clips

Another kind of way 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 also want to stick some additional footage somewhere in the middle of that clip. So for example, take a look at this clip here where I'm coming up and down these stairs, and then running across the road. Now, I also have a close up shot in my event browser of my feet descending those stairs. So what I would like to do is to cut away to that close up hasn't coming down the stairs in the shot in my timeline. There are actually several ways to do this. The first method is to skim your mouse over the clip in the timeline to the point where you want that cut to occur.

Maybe right about there. Once you're there, either right-click and choose Split Clip or use the keyboard shortcut of Cmd+B. As you can see, that's created a split exactly where my mouse was. Now, I can come up to the event browser and make a selection of my feet coming down the stairs. And then I can drag that to the gap between the two clips. And now it looks like this. Now of course we have this issue where it looks like I'm going down the steps twice because splitting the clip doesn't remove any of the footage, it just splits it. We'll fix that in a moment, but for now, let me just hit Cmd+Z to undo, dragging that clip in.

I also want to mention that if you split a clip by accident, you an also Shift-click to select the two pieces and choose Modify > Join Clips to put them back together. Let me show you another way to insert that close up footage. Now, as before, I'm going to place my mouse where I want the cut to occur. But this time I'm going to click to place the playhead there. The selection of the footage is still made here in my event browser, so that's fine. I'm going to come up to the Edit menu. And here I'll find Insert. If you recall from earlier, I mention that there's a difference between Add to Movie and Insert. Add to Movie always places the selected clip at the end of the timeline.

Insert on the other hand places your selection wherever the play head is and since the play head is in the middle of a clip, when I choose Insert, it splits the clip at that point and inserts my selection. So, I get the same results as before, but with a few less steps. Now, I still have that same problem where the clips don't really work together quite yet. But, it's easy to fix that by simply trimming the beginning of the second half of the original clip to the point where I've already reached the bottom of the steps. Right about there. And now the sequence looks much better.

Also you probably notice that we're hearing the changes between the clips in terms of the audio, but that's something we can fix once we start working with audio. Let me show you one more way to accomplish what we've done here. . I'm going to press Cmd+Z a couple of times to get back to where we started. So I've undone the insert and got rid of the split. Now the other command here under the Edit menu between Add to Movie and Insert is Connect. To see how this works, I'm again going to make sure my playhead is where when that closer to appear. And then with the selection of the close up made here, I chose Edit > Connect.

Or you can also press Q. So this time the close up clip appears above the other clip, rather than splitting it. Let's play it and see how it looks. So, when you connect a clip, the video cuts away to it for its entire duration and then cuts back to the original clip. Basically whichever clip is on top is what appears on screen. One of the nice things about this method is that, if the timer works out, you don't have to split and trim the original clip. Also when you connect clips you hear the video from both clips play simultaneously which you may or may not want.

But it can be nice to have in shots where, for example, maybe you're interviewing someone. They could start by appearing on screen and then you can cut away to a shot of whatever they're talking about while continuing to hear their voice at the same time. It's really going to depend on what you're trying to accomplish that's going to determine whether you use Connect or Insert. Oh, and you can also automatically create an insert or connect, by dragging the footage in. Let me just delete that closeup for a second. And I'll come up here and drag that clip down. Now if I drag my clip to the top, right about there. And release, it connects. So I get the same result as before.

Some do that. But if I drag that clip over the clip in my timeline and release, I get a menu, and I can choose either to replace the current clip with the one I'm dragging in, using one of these three replace selections, or I can choose Insert. And that splits the clip, and inserts the closeup. So I'll leave it as an insert, but that means I should come back in and trim the original clip again, so the sequence makes sense. Alright, so that's splitting, trimming, inserting, and connecting clips in iMovie.

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iMovie 10.0.2 Essential Training

41 video lessons · 10021 viewers

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  1. 5m 7s
    1. Welcome
      52s
    2. Installing iMovie
      3m 48s
    3. How to use the exercise files
      27s
  2. 10m 31s
    1. Understanding connector types
      1m 28s
    2. Importing from a tape-based camera
      3m 8s
    3. Importing from a memory-based camera
      2m 55s
    4. Importing video files
      1m 34s
    5. Capturing live action
      1m 26s
  3. 15m 17s
    1. Interface overview
      4m 41s
    2. Browsing events in the iMovie Library
      3m 35s
    3. Selecting and adding clips to a project
      7m 1s
  4. 11m 53s
    1. Organizing events
      2m 57s
    2. Rating clips
      3m 34s
    3. Moving events to a different hard drive
      3m 40s
    4. Deleting unwanted clips from your hard drive
      1m 42s
  5. 22m 55s
    1. Creating a new project
      1m 28s
    2. Adding clips to the project
      7m 33s
    3. Trimming and slip editing
      3m 6s
    4. Fine-tuning clips
      2m 31s
    5. Splitting, inserting, and connecting clips
      5m 6s
    6. Cropping and rotating
      3m 11s
  6. 1h 14m
    1. Creating and adjusting still clips
      4m 18s
    2. Incorporating photos
      5m 52s
    3. Adjusting color
      8m 34s
    4. Using transitions
      9m 55s
    5. Adding titles
      4m 31s
    6. Adjusting the speed of clips
      12m 5s
    7. Stabilizing video
      3m 55s
    8. Adding cutaways, side-by-side video, and picture-in-picture effects
      5m 26s
    9. Using green-screen effects
      8m 23s
    10. Applying video effects
      1m 59s
    11. Creating movie trailers
      9m 30s
  7. 35m 3s
    1. Adjusting audio levels and position
      9m 39s
    2. Adding music and sound effects
      8m 42s
    3. Adding background music
      6m 25s
    4. Adding a voiceover
      5m 5s
    5. Extracting audio from clips
      3m 12s
    6. Applying audio effects
      2m 0s
  8. 11m 45s
    1. Exporting to iMovie Theater
      6m 26s
    2. Exploring the other sharing options
      5m 19s
  9. 40s
    1. Goodbye
      40s

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