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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.
Sometimes, a piece of music goes perfectly with a specific clip in your project. If you decide to move the clip in your project, it would be nice if the music could follow with it. iMovie has a special feature just for this called Pinning. To lock the start of a music track of a specific frame, drag the top edge of the green outline to the location you wanted pinned. The music is now pinned to that frame and will move with the video if you later move the clip somewhere else. If you like, you can then add other music clips to the spaces made available.
Once you have multiple tracks in your project, you can choose Edit > Arrange Music Tracks. Here, you can drag to change the order in which the tracks are played. Pinned tracks are listed separately at the top of the Arrange window. Select one and click Unpin Track if you want to arrange that track's order relative to the others. Otherwise it will stay where it is, happily moving around the project with the clip it's pinned to. Let's play it back and take a listen.
(Music playing.) (Male speaker: Hi, Katie!) (Young Girl 1/Katie: Hi, Daddy.) (Young Girl 2: Put Andrew on Nomo and let's take a picture.) (Music playing.) (Child 1: Don't go like that.) (Female speaker: Dave, Aaron, David's son's over there.) (Music playing.) (Man laughing.) (Female speaker over loudspeaker: 151, 144, 145, 153...) (Music playing.) Finally, to make the transition smoother between songs, you can select the song's Action menu, choose Audio Adjustments and add a manual Fade In and Fade Out.
(Music playing.) (Female speaker over loudspeaker: 151, 144, 145...) In the next lesson, we'll take a look at how to reduce the volume of the music when you're trying to hear someone speak. It's a process called ducking.
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