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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.
iMovie '09 includes a nice drag-and-drop edit feature. Let's say one of the clips in your project isn't quite working for you and you want to replace it with something else. (Music playing and crowd noises.) Just locate the replacement clip in the Event Browser and then drag it over the video you want to replace, then release the mouse. A pop-up menu appears. Choose Replace and iMovie will replace the old clip with a new one. (Music playing. Horse whinnys.) You probably noticed some other options in that menu.
If you want to insert new video in the middle of a clip already in your project, just select the clip, drag it to the moment in time you wanted to insert it, release the mouse and choose Insert. iMovie splits the existing clip in two, and inserts your new clip at this clip point. (Music playing.) You can also use this drag-and-drop edit method to add only the audio from a clip to your Timeline. This is great for taking ambient sound from a piece of recorded video and adding it to a clip that lacks it.
Here at the start of the project we have a clip without any sound. (Music playing.) We'll add some ambient sound from another clip to give it some presence. Simply select the other clip, and again, drag it over your existing video. This time we'll choose the Audio Only option. The audio appears. I can then drag it to reposition it and lengthen or shorten it as needed.
(Music playing.) (Young Girl: Hi, Daddy.) Be sure to watch the videos on working with audio for more information.
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