One of the biggest irks in the jump to the new interface was the apparent loss of linear editing – the ability to view the timeline as a single horizontal line. Well, you can actually create this kind of timeline with no more than a couple of button presses, and iMovie will then rearrange the interface to suit your linear needs. It’s a very simple but particularly effective feature that could make a huge difference to your productivity. Here’s how to achieve that linear look…
1: Click one
Click on the Reversal Arrow button which sits in the middle of the interface. It will then slide one screen under another. Hold the Shift key if you’d like to see the effect in slow motion.
2: Use it well
Make the most of the linear effect by getting rid of the media boxes on the right. Once you’ve closed them, you’ll see that linear editing makes it far easier to scrub through your project and make important changes.