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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.
Let's continue on from the previous lesson and take a look now at some of the more advanced functions in the Precision Editor. By the way, you may notice that I have the Transitions Browser open here. We won't be working with it in this lesson, so don't worry if yours is opened or closed. It doesn't matter. Again, to open the Precision Editor, click the Action button to the right of the edit you want to adjust and choose Precision Editor. Now, let's say we want the audio from one of that clips to continue through the audio of the second clip rather than having awkward change in the background sounds.
Let's take a listen. (Female speaker: Perfect timing.) (Young girl: Hi, Daddy!) Here, we want the second clip's audio to begin right before, in the first clip, so that we have a continuation of the background sound. To get started with the edit, click the Audio Tracks button to reveal the audio waveforms associated with the clips in the Precision Editor. Now, here we want the sound of the second clip to replace the sound of the first clip, so we have a continuous background sound. Move the pointer of the blue edit line for the bottom audio clip, remember that's the video clip coming out of the edit and drag to the left to cover over the area of the first clip.
The sound from the first clip now extends past the edit point. (Female speaker: Perfect timing.) (Male speaker: Hi, Katie!) (Young girl: Hi, Daddy!) What this means is that even though we are not seeing the second clip until the edit point, we are hearing its sound prior to the video showing up on screen. Now, we need to do one more thing and that's to remove the sound of that first clip. Just drag the first clip's edit line to the left until it's removed. Let's play back and review. (Background noises.) (Male speaker: Hi, Katie!) (Young girl: Hi, Daddy!) (Young girl 2: Put Andrew on Nomo...) To the left of the Audio tracks button is the Extras button.
Click this and you will see your title, sound effects, and voiceover included in the editor. You have the same functionality as the standard view for adjusting these but more of a room for maneuvering. Finally, if your edit includes a transition, you can actually adjust the start and end of the transition by dragging its left or right edge. Notice the diagonal shading in the clips indicating the timing of the transition. I can also drag the center of the transition to move it forwards or backwards.
In other words, making it start earlier or later. (Young girl: Hi, Daddy!) (Young girl 2: Put Andrew on Nomo...) (Female on loudspeaker: 151, 144...) So, if you find yourself struggling to get the perfect edit inside the Project Editor, go ahead and bring up the Precision Editor to give yourself more room and accuracy while you make your edit adjustments.
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