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Trimming and slip edits


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iMovie 11 Essential Training

with Garrick Chow

Video: Trimming and slip edits

As you work on assembling your movie, there are going to be a lot of times when one of the clips you have added turns out to be too long or too short. Maybe you accidentally left out some of the good action in the clip, or maybe after looking at the clip in the context of the rest of the movie, you determined that the clip goes on for too long. But that doesn't mean you have to go back down to the Event Browser, reselect the clip, and then drag it back in again. All you have to do is trim the existing version of the clip in the Project pane. So, for example, after reviewing this clip in my project where our surfer is looking out over the waves, I have decided that it goes on for too long.
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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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3h 28m Beginner Feb 03, 2011

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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.

Topics include:
  • Importing footage and stills
  • Organizing and locating clips using ratings and keyword tags
  • Cropping, trimming, splitting, and fine-tuning clips
  • Inserting transitions between clips
  • Applying One-Step effects
  • Stabilizing shaky footage
  • Adding background music and voiceovers
  • Synchronizing footage to specific points of an audio track
  • Publishing content to YouTube, Vimeo, and Facebook
  • Exporting movies and projects
Subject:
Video
Software:
iMovie
Author:
Garrick Chow

Trimming and slip edits

As you work on assembling your movie, there are going to be a lot of times when one of the clips you have added turns out to be too long or too short. Maybe you accidentally left out some of the good action in the clip, or maybe after looking at the clip in the context of the rest of the movie, you determined that the clip goes on for too long. But that doesn't mean you have to go back down to the Event Browser, reselect the clip, and then drag it back in again. All you have to do is trim the existing version of the clip in the Project pane. So, for example, after reviewing this clip in my project where our surfer is looking out over the waves, I have decided that it goes on for too long.

So there are a couple of ways we can trim this clip. First, I am going to skim through and find the portion of the clip I want to keep. So right here he is sort of shaking his head a little bit and looking out over the waves. It actually looks okay to me, so I am just going to grab near the beginning. Drag that out. Just drag the left side in a little bit there.

So let's say that portion I have selected is the portion I want to keep. Now I can choose Clip > Trim to Selection, or I can press Command+B. Additionally, you can also right-click on your clip and choose Trim to Selection. But basically it trims away everything but what I have selected. And remember, you're never damaging your original footage when you do this. The complete uncut version of this footage where the clip came from is still sitting safely here in my Event Browser. Now, if you accidentally cut the clip too short, or if the clip was too short when you dragged it in, you are not going to be able to just drag the edges of the selection box out to make the clip longer.

Now, if we are just talking about adding a frame or two, you can go to the Clip menu and choose Trim Clip End, and then choose to add to the left or right side of the clip, meaning you can add frames to the beginning or end of your clip. It is much quicker to use the keyboard command of Option+Left Arrow or Option+Right Arrow, though. So, if I wanted to add a couple of frames to the beginning of this clip, I can hold on the Option key and press my left arrow. And if you look at the timer here, you can see that the clip is getting a little bit longer when I do that. But if you need to add or remove more, or if you want more precise control, you will have to use the Clip Trimmer.

To get to it, click the Action button in the clip and choose Clip Trimmer. That opens this view at the bottom of your window, and this shows you the entire clip as a whole with the part that's actually appearing in the movie selected. This allows you to be a little bit more precise with your trimming, and here you can drag either end of the selection box to add or remove frames from the beginning or end of your clip. So, if I wanted to make this a little bit shorter, I can drag the end in a little bit. Or if I wanted the end to go on a little but longer, I can drag the right end over. Or you can click and drag the entire selection to change both ends at the same time while keeping the overall length of the clip the same.

This is known as slip editing, and it's especially useful to be able to do this if you've already set up music or transitions to be timed with your video but you want to make a change to your clip. Dragging the ends would most likely make your clip a few fractions of a second longer or shorter, which might not seem like much, but it could throw off the timing of your music or transitions if you change a lot of clips this way. Slip editing lets you choose an entirely different section of the footage if you want, but keeps the overall clip length exactly the same, and therefore, it won't throw off your timing. I do want to grab about this portion here I think.

Now, if you want to preview the amount of footage you have selected in real time, you click the Play button. And if it looks good when you're done, you can click Done. And now we are back to looking at the Project pane and the Events Browser. So that's how you can trim your clips to clean them up a bit and how you can also perform slip edits. Next, we will look at fine-tuning your clips for more precise cuts.

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