Previewing Clips

When you want to watch one of the clips you're using in your iMovie, you simply select it by clicking the clip, and then click the Play button. And when you want to preview the entire movie, you click the Play button without any clip selected, and iMovie will play all the clips in succession.

Task: Previewing a Single Clip

It's easy to take a look at a single clip in iMovie when you want to see what it contains.

  1. Open an iMovie project with clips that have been dragged into either the Timeline view or the Clip Viewer.

  2. Click the film frame icon to display the Clip Viewer.

  3. Click once on a video clip to select it in the Clip Viewer.

  4. Click the Play button under the Monitor to watch the clip, or click the playhead and drag it to the left and right to rapidly review what's going on in the clip (see Figure 13.8).

    Figure 13.8. The playhead is at the end of the clip after it plays.


Notice how, in Figure 13.8, iMovie displays how much time each video clip takes up at the upper-left corner of each clip icon. By the time you reach the end of the clip, the playhead is to the far right of the blue bar, telling you how many seconds have elapsed. In video, there are 30 frames per second, so the farthest number on the right reflects the frame, and the number to the left of the colon represents the number of seconds.

Task: Previewing an Entire Movie

Previewing an entire movie is as simple as previewing a single clip; you just have to remember not to have any one clip selected when you click the Play button.

  1. Open an iMovie project with clips that have been dragged into either the Timeline or the Clip Viewer.

  2. Click the film frame icon to select the Clip Viewer.

  3. Click somewhere other than on a clip to make sure that you don't have any clip selectedthey should all be a white color .

  4. Click the Play button below the iMovie Monitor, and iMovie plays through all the clips, giving you a preview of your entire iMovie.

Notice how, in Figure 13.9, iMovie draws a small red marker that moves slowly to the right in the Clip Viewer area as you watch your movie. The position of the red marker corresponds to where the playhead is positioned in the Monitor window as well. Both the playhead and the red marker are essentially ways of keeping track of where you are in your movie project.

Figure 13.9. The Clip Viewer has a red marker (visible here as a thin white line in Clip 1) that goes through the clips when previewing, to indicate where you are in the iMovie.


The folks at Apple, in their typical subtle elegance and imaginativeness, have built a helpful way of seeing where one clip starts and one clip ends directly into the Monitor window. Small vertical lines in the scrubber bar below the Monitor correspond to where one clip ends and another begins. This feature is sort of like having a timeline even when you're in the Clip Viewer.

Sams Teach Yourself Mac OS X Digital Media. All In One
Sams Teach Yourself Mac OS X Digital Media All In One
ISBN: 0672325322
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2003
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