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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.
Now I would like to show you a tool that will really come in handy once you start turning into an iMovie hotshot, and that tool is the Edit tool. It's found right here in your toolbar, but it only appears if you have the Advanced tool selected in Preferences. So again go to iMovie > Preferences, and under General, make sure you have Show Advanced tools checked. Actually, there is nothing really that advanced about the tool; it just makes adding clips to your project much quicker and easier. Start by selecting the tool and then skim through your Event Browser to find some footage you want to add to your project.
So maybe this shot here of our surfer coming towards the camera, maybe right as he goes by over the end of that clip, so I am just going to click and drag to the left. Notice the area I am selecting is turning orange, and when I release my mouse, that area highlighted is moved up to the end of my project. This is great when you know exactly which parts of your raw footage you want to use. You can just tear through it without having to worry about selecting and dragging, selecting and dragging; instead, just select, select, select, select. You can always fine-tune your selection after it's been added to your project, using the Clip Trimmer and Precision Editor tools we looked at earlier.
Now another way to use this tool is to simply click right on the footage you want. So, for example, maybe I want some of this footage here. I will just click, and you can see by default iMovie sends four seconds of footage from the point where you clicked in your project. So I have now got four seconds of this footage. You will find some more of him surfing. Right from here. There is another four seconds and maybe some shots of the surfer going by the pier. You can change the default amount of footage iMovie sends into the project by going to iMovie > Preferences and under the Browser tab where it says Clicking in Event Browser selects, you can see it's set to four seconds right here, but you can move the slider to the left or to the right to add less or more footage when you click.
Now when you are done with the Advanced Editing tool, just select the Pointer tool next to it and you're back to your normal controls. Just as a side note, you can select footage the way you normally do and then click the Advanced Editing tool, which you can see now has a Plus button next to it, to send it to the project. But it's probably just easy to drag your selected footage at that point. So that's the Advanced Editing tool.
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