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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.
Adding music and sound effects to a project can completely transform a collection of family video clips into something emotionally engaging for an audience. iMovie ships with a huge selection of sound effects and royalty-free music tracks. To search through this content, click the Music and Sound Effects button. You'll see that you can access all of the music in your iTunes library and the iLife collection of sound effects and jingles that come with iMovie. If you expand the iLife Sound Effects section, by clicking the triangle to the left, you'll see several categories, one of which is called Jingles.
Here you'll find a bunch of songs at varying lengths, short, medium or long, depending on the length of the video you want them to play under. Double-click any of the music files to preview them. (Jazz music playing.) (Classical music playing.) (Acoustic guitar playing.) These are all royalty-free, meaning that you can use them in any video you create without worrying about paying licensing for them. Press the Spacebar to play or pause the preview.
You'll see that alongside the Jingles folder, you have a diverse list of sound effects covering a range of different categories. (Tick-tick-tick. Clock ticking.) (Creeek. Door opening.) (Pop-pop-pop. Bubbling.) (Zrrrg. Eletricity surge.) (Whrrrr. Machinery starting.) (Scrrch. Record scratching.) (Bzzzz-reee. Static.) Now, while it's fun to browse through all of these categories, it can get frustrating when you're trying to find a specific sound effect or a style of music.
Instead, you can type a keyword into the Search field. Start by selecting which groups of sound effects you want to search in. In this case, I'll select the entire iLife Sound Effects section that includes the Jingles folder. Now I'll type blues in the Search field. And this specifically isolates the songs that match that keyword. (Blues music playing.) Well, let's say I want to add this sound of a door closing.
In this case, I'll also select the iMovie Sound Effects, a separate folder of legacy sound effects from previous versions. Instead of typing blues, I'll type in door and get a list of all the door sound effects to preview an audition to decide which one best matches my needs. (Doors slamming shut.) (Creeek. Door opening.) (Door closing.) When you're done searching, click the X to the right of the Search field.
In the following lessons, we'll look at how to take these sounds, whether they're music or sound effects and apply them to your project.
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