Mac OS X to the Max: iMovie Editing Shortcuts

Table 17.3 lists the name, keyboard shortcut, and a brief description of each iMovie command.

Table 17.3. iMovie Shortcuts

Menu

Command

Keyboard Shortcut

What It Does

iMovie

Preferences

graphics/mac.gif-,

Opens the iMovie Preferences dialog box.

File

New Project

graphics/mac.gif-N

Creates a new iMovie project.

File

Open Project

graphics/mac.gif-O

Opens an existing iMovie project.

File

Save Frame As

graphics/mac.gif-F

Saves the frame currently displayed on the Monitor as an image file outside of iMovie. This enables you to capture frames from a movie as a graphic.

File

Import

Shift-graphics/mac.gif-I

Enables you to import content into an iMovie project, such as graphic files, audio files, and so on.

File

Export

Shift-graphics/mac.gif-E

Enables you to export an iMovie project to videotape, to QuickTime, or for DVD.

File

Show Info

graphics/mac.gif-I

Opens the Clip Info window thatprovides information about a selected clip.

File

Empty Trash

None

Empties the iMovie Trash.

Edit

Select All

graphics/mac.gif-A

Selects all the clips in the Clips pane or on one of the viewers.

Edit

Select None

Shift-graphics/mac.gif-A

Unselects any selected clips; this causes your entire movie to be shown in the Monitor.

Edit

Crop

graphics/mac.gif-K

Removes all frames that are outside the crop markers.

Edit

Split Video Clip at Playhead

graphics/mac.gif-T

Creates two clips from the current clip. The clips are separated at the location of the Playhead when the command is used.

Edit

Create Still Frame

Shift-graphics/mac.gif-S

Creates a still image of the current frame and places that image on the Clips pane, from which you can add it to a movie.

Advanced

Extract Audio

graphics/mac.gif-J

Extracts the audio track from a selected video clip and places it on one of the Audio tracks where it becomes just like any other audio; for example, you can move it on the timeline, crop it, and so on.

Advanced

Paste Over at Playhead

Shift-graphics/mac.gif-V

Pastes selected frames over frames in the selected clip starting at the current location of the Playhead. Use this command to replace some of the video in a clip.

Advanced

Lock/Unlock Audio Clip at Playhead

graphics/mac.gif-L

Locks an audio clip to the current location of the Playhead, such as when you place it at the beginning of a video clip when you want the audio to always remain in sync with the video clip, even if you move the video clip on the timeline. If you select a locked audio clip and use the command, the clip becomes unlocked again.

Advanced

Reverse Clip Direction

graphics/mac.gif-R

Causes the selected clip to play in the opposite direction.

Advanced

Restore Clip

None

Causes a clip to which you have applied special effects to be returned to the condition it was in when you imported it into iMovie (except for any edits you made, such as removing frames).

None

Decrease volume

Down arrow

Decreases the playback volume.

None

Fast Forward (Camera mode)

graphics/mac.gif-]

Makes the camera play in fast forward.

None

Increase Volume

Up arrow

Increases the playback volume.

None

Move audio clip backward by 1 frameof audio clips precisely.

Click audio clip; then left arrow

Enables you to move the location

None

Move audio clip backward by 10 frames

Click Audio clip; then Shift-left arrow

Enables you to move audio clips in 10-frame increments.

None

Move audio clip forward by 1 frame

Click audio clip; then right arrow

Enables you to move an audio clip forward by one frame.

None

Move audio clip forward by 10 frames

Click audio clip; then Shift-right arrow

Enables you to move an audio clip forward by 10 frames.

None

Move backward 1 frame

Left arrow

Moves the Playhead back one frame.

None

Move backward 10 frames

Shift-left arrow

Moves the Playhead back by 10 frames.

None

Move Crop Marker backward by 1 frame

Click crop marker; then left arrow

Moves the selected crop marker back one frame, adding one frame to the currently selected frames if you selected the start crop marker or removing it if you selected the end crop marker.

None

Move Crop Marker backward by 10 frames

Click Crop Marker; then Shift-left arrow

Moves the selected crop marker back 10 frames, adding 10 frames to the currently selected frames if you selected the start crop marker or removing 10 frames if you selected the end crop marker.

None

Move Crop Marker forward by 1 frame

Click Crop Marker; then right arrow

Moves the selected crop marker ahead one frame, adding one frame to the currently selected frames if you selected the end crop marker or removing it if you selected the start crop marker.

None

Move Crop Marker forward by 10 frames

Click Crop Marker; then Shift-right arrow

Moves the selected crop marker ahead 10 frames, adding 10 frames to the currently selected frames if you selected the end crop marker or removing 10 frames if you selected the start crop marker.

None

Move forward 1 frame

Right arrow

Moves the Playhead forward by one frame.

None

Move forward 10 frames

Shift-right arrow

Moves the Playhead forward by 10 frames.

None

Move Playhead to beginning of clip/movie

Home

Moves the Playhead to the beginning of a clip if a clip is selected or to the beginning of the movie if no clip is selected.

None

Move Playhead to end of clip/movie

End

Moves the Playhead to the end of a clip if a clip is selected or to the end of the movie if no clip is selected.

None

Play/Stop (Edit mode)

Spacebar

Starts or stops playback of either a clip if one is selected or the movie if no clips are selected.

None

Rewind (Camera mode)

Cmd-[ Rewinds the camera.

None

Start/Stop Import (Camera mode)

Spacebar

Starts or stops the import process.



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