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iLife Tutorial: Make editing easier with the linear mode in iMovie

In virtually no time at all, you can completely transform the way you edit your iMovie projects

When iMovie made the jump from HD to what we have now, there were a lot of very dissatisfied people. The new interface was said to be overly simple, the tools too basic and people just weren’t really feeling it. Three years on and iMovie has evolved significantly – it’s no longer just a quick splice and dice editor for YouTube videos of dogs on skateboards; it now has quite a few more tricks up its sleeve.
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.