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Adding sound effects

From: iMovie '09 Essential Training

Video: Adding sound effects

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.

Adding sound effects

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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iMovie '09 Essential Training

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  1. 6m 25s
    1. Welcome
      1m 31s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 31s
    3. What is iMovie?
      3m 23s
  2. 10m 44s
    1. Importing from memory-based cameras
      5m 8s
    2. Importing from tape-based cameras
      3m 24s
    3. Importing from other sources
      2m 12s
  3. 9m 45s
    1. Skimming your video
      2m 20s
    2. Working in the Event browser
      2m 16s
    3. Merging and splitting events
      1m 51s
    4. Adjusting the date and time of your events
      1m 22s
    5. Marking favorites and rejecting video
      1m 56s
  4. 16m 23s
    1. Creating your project
      4m 33s
    2. Adding selections to your project
      2m 8s
    3. Rearranging and deleting clips
      1m 36s
    4. Using advanced drag-and-drop editing
      1m 56s
    5. Fine-tuning on the fly
      1m 44s
    6. Using the Clip Trimmer
      1m 20s
    7. Playing back your project
      3m 6s
  5. 4m 29s
    1. Applying and modifying transitions
      1m 45s
    2. Adjusting transition duration and style
      2m 44s
  6. 5m 14s
    1. Adding a title
      2m 53s
    2. Editing text properties
      2m 21s
  7. 16m 12s
    1. Changing the volume of a clip
      2m 18s
    2. Searching for music and effects
      2m 45s
    3. Adding background music
      2m 33s
    4. Pinning background music to a video frame
      2m 24s
    5. Ducking the music under speech
      1m 16s
    6. Adding sound effects
      2m 25s
    7. Using the voiceover tool
      2m 31s
  8. 6m 44s
    1. Adding images from iPhoto
      2m 9s
    2. Making your photos move
      4m 35s
  9. 5m 1s
    1. Using the Precision Editor
      2m 6s
    2. Advanced precision editing
      2m 55s
  10. 4m 27s
    1. Adding beat markers to music
      2m 24s
    2. Editing music to the beat
      2m 3s
  11. 12m 35s
    1. Changing the look of your video with effects
      1m 16s
    2. Altering the speed of a clip
      1m 12s
    3. Stabilizing your video
      3m 56s
    4. Adding a freeze frame
      1m 12s
    5. Creating picture-in-picture effects
      1m 44s
    6. Superimposing video with green-screen effects
      3m 15s
  12. 8m 23s
    1. Applying and viewing a theme
      3m 41s
    2. Changing theme element poster frames
      52s
    3. Working with individual theme components
      1m 0s
    4. Applying and editing a map
      2m 50s
  13. 8m 42s
    1. Enhancing color balance with White Point controls
      2m 12s
    2. Enhancing exposure with Levels controls
      3m 36s
    3. Enhancing photos with RGB controls
      1m 28s
    4. Applying adjustments to multiple clips
      1m 26s
  14. 13m 56s
    1. Using the advanced tools
      3m 41s
    2. Understanding keywords
      5m 28s
    3. Using comment markers
      1m 58s
    4. Using the Replace options
      2m 49s
  15. 13m 2s
    1. Publishing to iTunes
      1m 17s
    2. Publishing to your MobileMe Gallery
      4m 7s
    3. Publishing to YouTube
      3m 24s
    4. Accessing your movie in GarageBand, iWeb, and iDVD
      1m 21s
    5. Exporting to the Finder
      1m 50s
    6. Sharing your projects with Final Cut Pro Editors
      1m 3s
  16. 26s
    1. Goodbye
      26s

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