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iMovie 4 Tip: Snapping

I’m writing a review of iMovie 4, and making all sorts of notes. Here’s a quick tip: iMovie 4 features Timeline Snapping, which snaps the playhead to the nearest edit point with a little “snick” sound. You could enable this feature in iMovie’s preferences, but don’t bother. Instead, just hold Shift as you drag the ...

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Launching the Right iMovie

Since iMovie 3 has its share of problems, I made a point of keeping a copy of iMovie 2 on my computer (see page 59 of the book). However, Mac OS X still associated my iMovie project files with iMovie 2: if I double-clicked a project, it would launch iMovie 3. Fortunately, this is an ...

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How to Import Song Fragments (iMovie 3)

A reader sent the following question: In iMovie 2, adding audio could be done with only part of a song [from a CD]. If I wanted just a few bars from a particular song, I could push the ‘play’ button and then push ‘record’ for just the part I wanted in my movie and then ...

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Crop Photos Using Ken Burns Effect

You can use the Ken Burns Effect to crop photos: At the Start stage, specify a zoom amount. Then Option-click the Finish button to set the same zoom value. When you click the Apply button, the photo is added to the Timeline as a regular still photo, not a Ken Burns clip. You can also ...

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TIP: Automatic QuickTime Movie

I’ve noticed a new – positive! – wrinkle since upgrading to iMovie 3.0.2: when you save a project, a QuickTime movie sharing the project’s name appears in the project folder. iMovie automatically generates a DV-formatted QuickTime file of the Timeline contents, almost as if you had exported it manually using the Full Quality DV option. ...