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The Workshop consists of quiz questions and answers to help you to develop a better sense of the material as you develop your digital video skills. First, try to answer the questions, before checking the answers. Then check out the explanations, even if you get the answers right. You'll gain more knowledge this way, and you'll also be able to help your friends make their own iMovies.


  1. I tried to drag a clip from the shelf into the Timeline Viewer, but it wouldn't let me. What did I do wrong?

  2. To be able to drag a clip into the Timeline Viewer, remember that it must be dragged into the topmost row of the Timeline Viewer. So, when the arrow that you're moving on the screen with the mouse ends up in that row, let go of the mouse button. You know you're in the right spot to drop the clip when a + appears next to your mouse cursor.

  3. I can't see the Timeline Viewer. Where did it go?

  4. To get the Timeline Viewer, click the clock icon on the lower-left corner of the screen in iMovie, just below the film frame icon that represents the Clip Viewer.


  1. Which area of the interface can contain a video clip?

    1. The shelf

    2. The Clip Viewer

    3. The Timeline Viewer

    4. All of the above

  2. What does the playhead enable you to do?

    1. Clicking the playhead starts a clip playing.

    2. Dragging the playhead moves you to a certain spot in a clip.

    3. Dragging the playhead moves you to a certain spot in a clip and it starts playing.

  3. How can you import a video file?

    1. You can't import a video file; you can only capture from a camcorder.

    2. Through File, Import File.

    3. Through Edit, Import.

Quiz Answers

  1. D. Any area of the iMovie interface can contain a video clip.

  2. B. You can use the playhead to go to a certain spot in a clip.

  3. B. File, Import File brings up the Import dialog box. There's no Import command in the Edit menu.


Open iMovie and acquaint yourself with the interface elements discussed in this hour. Be sure to note the location of the Timeline and the Shelf. Also note the amount of free space iMovie says is available on your hard drive.

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