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Selecting and Playing Part of a Movie

To perform editing functions such as Copy and Delete, in most cases you need to first select the desired portion of a movie. (If you don't select anything, the edit commands work on the current frame.)

To select a portion of a movie, move the In and Out selection markers. The darkened area between the two markers indicates the selected portion. To fine-tune the selection, select a marker and move it with the arrow keys. You can also move the playhead and press I (for In) or O (for Out) to set the start or end point of the selection, even while the movie is playing.

To play the selection, choose View > Play Selection Only (so that the checkmark appears), then click Play. To play the whole movie, choose View > Play Selection again (to remove the checkmark).

You can save the movie (choose File > Save) so that the next time it is opened, only the part you selected plays.

Note: By default, the selection markers hide when nothing is selected, making it easy to determine whether or not a frame is selected. To turn off this option so that the selection markers appear even when nothing is selected, change the "Hide selection indicators for empty selection" option in QuickTime Player 7 preferences.

Cutting, Copying, or Deleting a Section of a Movie

Selecting and moving, copying, or deleting (trimming) part of a movie is easy with QuickTime 7 Pro.

To cut, copy, or delete part of a movie:

  1. Move the playhead until the desired frame appears, or select the part of the movie you want to modify (use the In and Out selection markers and the arrow keys).
  2. Choose Edit > Copy, Cut, or Delete.

    If you choose Copy or Cut, you can paste the selection elsewhere.

  3. Position the playhead where you want to paste the selection and choose Edit > Paste.

QuickTime 7 Pro inserts the selection you pasted at the position of the playhead.

You can also delete all parts of a movie that are not selected by choosing Edit > "Trim to Selection."

Note: After you delete parts of a movie, the file size stays the same until you choose File > Save As and select "Save as a self-contained movie."

Combining Two QuickTime Movies into One

With QuickTime 7 Pro, you can easily add one movie to another to make one longer movie.

To combine two movies:

  1. In QuickTime Player 7, choose Edit > Select All to select the entire contents of the first movie.
  2. Choose Edit > Copy, then open the second movie.
  3. Move the playhead to the point at which you want to insert the movie (usually the very beginning or end of the original movie), and choose Edit > Paste.
  4. Choose File > Save As to name and save the new movie.

You can also combine movies so that they play side-by-side instead of one after the other (seePresenting Multiple Movies in the Same Window).

Pasting Graphics and Text into a Movie

You can paste graphics and text into a QuickTime movie.

If a pasted graphic is larger than the movie's dimensions, QuickTime 7 Pro resizes the movie to fit the dimensions of the graphic. For best results, size graphics (using a graphics program) to match the movie size before you insert them. You can export a single frame from the movie to use as a guide for text placement.

To find a movie's dimensions, choose Window > Show Movie Properties, select the video track, and click Visual Settings.

To add graphics or text:

  1. Copy the text or graphic to the Clipboard.
  2. In QuickTime Player 7, move the playhead to the point at which you want the copied item to appear.
  3. Choose Edit > Paste.

This procedure inserts the graphic into the movie at the Paste location, in its own frame. To paste the graphic onto the frame at the Paste location, choose Edit >"Add to Movie."

To make a graphic show up in more than one frame, select the portion of the movie you want to add it to and choose Edit > "Add to Selection and Scale." You can use this technique to add a company logo throughout a movie. (Also see Changing a Track's Transparency.)