Hello, I am a complete amateur, but I used to be someone who made awesome home movies with each version of iMovie through iMovie 06 HD. I had iMovie 09 on my MBP, and I attempted to make a home movie again (after having given up on 08 and 09 previously) and once again I got stuck. I paid for iMovie 11 hearing that it brought back the timeline, but it didn't really seem to, and I was still stuck. So I have now downloaded the Final Cut Pro X trial, and after 5 hours of playing around with all these apps, I can't figure out how to do something that took me about a minute in every previous version of iMovie. So, basically, I went on a vacation where I took one short video clip and lots of photographs. I want to start with the video, then cut to black, then start showing pictures. I have an idea of how I want to show the pictures in sync with the music. The song I picked (the Glee version of Good Riddance . . . I know: groan) has two distinct sudden guitar entrances and I want to show a picture with each one, and cut to black in the silence in between. When the song picks up at a faster pace halfway through I want to start showing some pictures I took in burst mode in rapid succession with no Ken Burns effect. I took me like a minute to come up with the idea, and after hours I have accomplished nothing! What happened to bringing desktop movies to the masses? In iMovie 6, I would drag the video to the timeline, and then I would leave a little blank space and then add the photo, leave a little blank space and add the next photo. And I could see the music track beneath and drag it exactly where I wanted it to be and see its wave form to put the pictures in the right spot. Leaving a space between the photos and video would automatically create a black interlude. However, in the new iMovie and in FCP X everything wants to stick together. I can't seem to find a way to leave space between clips. The other issue is with the music track. I feel like I am wrestling with it. I just want to see it on a line separate from the video, but it sort of just forms a green blob around the first video clip. I haven't tried audio yet in FCP X because I've been trying just to separate the clips with space in between, but the audio issue I described was in iMovie. What was that ability to just put things where you want them in iMovie called? I want it back! It was so simple. And I could make amazing videos so quickly. Maybe I am ignorant to how much more advanced the software is now, but to me it seems like a huge step backward in usability.