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iMovie '09 is a powerful video editing tool that is part of Apple's iLife suite. In iMovie '09 Essential Training, Damian Allen takes new and intermediate users through the steps to create professional-looking video. Damian covers the whole editing process, from importing audio, video, and image files to adding text and graphics. He also teaches several ways to share a finished piece with others. Exercise files accompany the course.
As mentioned in a previous lesson, the Music and Sound Effects Browser includes dozens of sound effects to enhance your video. In this case, we want to add some more horse sounds to this clip to make it interesting. So in the Search field I'll type in horse and audition the sounds that show up. (Hrmph. Horse snorting.) (Neigh. Horse whinnying.) Here I'll go with the snort. All I need to do is drag the sound over a specific clip and locate the frame at which I want the sound to begin.
When I release the mouse, a green marker appears indicating the location of the sound effect. (Music playing. Horse snorts.) Now if I need to move the sound effect, I simply drag the icon left to right. (Music playing. Horse snorts.) To change the length of it, I just drag the right edge. (Music playing. Horse snorts.) To adjust the volume of the sound effect, click the Action button and choose Audio Adjustments.
(Music playing. Horse snorts.) Be sure to watch the video on changing clip volume for more information on how to use the Audio Inspector to make adjustments. iMovie also includes a nice feature to extract sounds from other clips in your Event Browser and use them as effects elsewhere. This is great for adding ambient sounds to a clip that might be lacking them. Here I have a clip that doesn't really have much ambient noise going on. (Music playing.) So I'll look at another section of video that does.
(Horses whinnying.) Simply drag through the selection of video that you want the sound to come from, then hold down the Command and Shift keys and drag the clip in your Project Editor. You can then adjust it just like you would any other sound effect. (Music playing. Horse whinnying.) In this case, I need to trim the ending. (Music playing. Horse whinnying.) In the next lesson, we'll look at adding original voiceover to add commentary to your video.
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