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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 includes a very nice Voiceover tool for quickly adding your own voice to narrate or comment on your movies. Use your Mac's built-in microphone or any external mic attached to your Mac. To record a voiceover, click the Voiceover button, choose the microphone you want to use and then adjust the Input Volume if possible. You will notice here that the Input Volume is grayed out, since the volume control for this FastTrack Pro USB Interface is on the front panel of the device. If you find the control grayed out, be sure to look on your device to see if there is an adjustment available.
You should always try to get the levels and the meters as high as possible, without causing them to go under the red zone, which means the sound will be distorted when played back. Choose a Noise Reduction level. To remove as much background noise as possible, move the slider to the right, its default position. To keep some background noise in the recording, you can move it to the left. For a smoother sound to your recorded voice, make sure Voice Enhancement is selected. Select Play Project Audio while recording, if you want to hear all the sounds already in your project while you record the voiceover.
Now, if you have this selected, you want to use headphones to listen to the sound. Otherwise the sound of your project audio will leak through your microphone into your recording. To start recording, click a filmstrip at the location you want to begin recording and iMovie will count down from 3 to 1 to prepare you before your recording begins. (Music playing and crowd noises.) "Evidently Michaela has yet to understand the concept of collecting the eggs." (Male speaker: Pick up some eggs!) (Music playing and crowd noises.) When you are done, press the Spacebar to stop recording.
Pressing the Escape key will cancel the recording. So only press this if you don't want the recorded voiceover. Close the Voiceover window to exit. A purple marker has appeared indicating the location of the voiceover. Skim the video to listen. (Music playing and crowd noises.) (Voiceover: "Evidently Michaela has yet to understand the concept of collecting the eggs.") (Male speaker: Pick up some eggs!) If you need to move the start of the voiceover, just drag its icon to the new position and to adjust its length, drag the right edge. (Voiceover: "...the concept of collecting the eggs.") Be sure to watch the video on changing clip volume for more information on making adjustments here.
Also, watch the video on ducking to learn how to help your voiceover standout from other sounds in your project.
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