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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.
Now while the music really adds presence to your movies, if you're trying to hear what someone on camera is saying, the music can sometimes get in the way. Just take a listen. (Music playing and indistinguishable dialogue.) Here it's almost impossible to hear what she is saying over the music. Professional editors reduce the volume of music when people are speaking in a process called ducking. iMovie '09 includes an automatic Ducking feature. Select the clip or clips that you're having problems with and then choose Audio Adjustments from the Action menu.
In the Audio Inspector select Reduce volume of other tracks. You can then choose the sound reduction percentage using the Ducking slider, but the default of 15% is usually adequate. Let's take a listen to the result. (Music playing.) (Female speaker: It's 6th place, but hey, we'll take it. It's my first prize.) (Young boy: They sometimes hide...) You'll see that now when the selected clip begins playing, the volume of the music is reduced by the amount we set and then when it's done playing, the audio returns to a standard volume.
And that's all there's to it. Repeat the process for any other audio you want to stand out in your project.
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