How do you split a clip into one of more other clips in Imovie 8
Clips are split as you suggest by choosing the split command from the edit menu. You can only split clips in the project window though, this however is not the primary way of editing in im08 which is to select portions of a clip in the event window and add them to the project window to which transitions etc can be placed in between, once you have used im08 a little you should begin to see the logic of this.
As a second concern, is there a means of either right or left clicking a clip abd determining the time and date that it was recorded in iMovie 8
You can opt to display dates in the events list from the preferences window.
How do you split a clip into one of more other clips in Imovie 8?
You don't really have to divide your file into "physical" segments in iMovie '08. All editing is normally done in a non-destructive manner "by reference pointers" to create more of a "description" of how you want the project to be edited than actually manipulating the physical files as in previous editing. Basically you have three options:
1) You can select an exact range of frames in your "Events" window and transfer them to the "Project" window.
2) You can select an entire clip in the "Events" window and transfer it to the "Project" window where you can select exact ranges of frames and the use the "Split" Edit menu option to "segment" the clip as many times as you want. You can then "delete" any unwanted content by selecting that segment and pressing the "delete" key. (NOTE: The segments are not physically deleted from the referenced source file but merely "removed" from your "Project" timeline.)
3) You can select one or more frames in an Event" clip, "reject" the selection, and then use the "Remove rejected clips to trash" to physically "purge" them from your source file. I.e., the source file is physically altered to create 2 separate files having the same name but with a numeric suffix and the rejected segment is place in you trash can. The can take some time to accomplish. Also be advised that people have reported that files have become corrupted using this approach.
Is there a "split clip" menu command to easily do this?
There is a "Split Clip" option in the Edit/Contextual menus, it it only works non-destuctively on content placed in the "Project" window as described in item "2" above.
I would life to split this clip at logical scene changes in order to apply titles and transitions. Can someone please help me with this task?
I would recommend using either item "1" or "2" as described above for this.
As a second concern, is there a means of either right or left clicking a clip abd determining the time and date that it was recorded in iMovie 8?
Not if there is no "real" timecode present.
When I attempt to do this, there doesn't seem to be any information about te time and date. So, what's going on?
Between lack of coding, differences in coding, and methods of importation, you will be lucky if the event/file name actually reflects a valid DTG. Your most reliable option would likely be to encode a "visible time coded leader" or video a clipboard with such information to act as an introduction for each "camcorder video session."