As you’ve certainly noticed by now, iMovie doesn’t look like a standard Mac program. Part of
its radical charm is that it uses such a unique interface to edit
movies, unlike any other software out there.
While a lot of what it does happens in the main movie window, some
of its cooler features—like One-Step Effects (Move and Trim a PiP Clip)—require a trip to the menu bar.
You don’t have to go to the menu bar if
you’ve got a good memory. Just about every menu item in iMovie has a
keyboard shortcut. Appendix B lists them
Here’s a rundown of the commands in iMovie’s menus:
In OS X, Apple names the first menu (the one after the
menu) for the program you’re using—in this
This command opens the About box, containing the requisite
Apple legal information. There’s really only one good reason to open
this window: It’s the easiest way to find out exactly which version
of iMovie you have.
Opens the Preferences window (Figure A-1). No, your
eyes do not deceive you. iMovie’s preferences consist of two checkboxes,
nothing else. If you thought this must be a mistake, it’s probably
because you’re accustomed to applications that have dozens of
preference settings. In iMovie, there really are just two.
Figure A-1. You ...
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