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Using Audio in iMovie

Once Christopher has recorded a few minutes of interviews, he could go back to shooting video or consider himself done. But Christopher isn't going to be making a video at all; instead, he wants to use the camcorder to get a few minutes of audio to add to his dynamic slide show.

1.
Open the Birthday Party file in the Lesson09 > Start_Birthday_Project09 folder.

You may recognize this as the finished state of the dynamic slide show Christopher created in Lesson 6. In that project, it was easy to add music from a CD to give the video a finished feeling. But that outcome is very different from the result he gets by using the sound from the real event.

NOTE

With interviews instead of music, a product changes from a “music video” into a “documentary.”

2.
Delete the music in the audio track by selecting it and pressing Delete on your keyboard.

The sound was fine before, but it's not required now.

NOTE

You could just mute the music track by unselecting the audio box on the far right of the timeline. But visualizing the work you'll be doing here is a little easier if the music is gone. So, the lesson will proceed with the music deleted even if you decide you'd like to keep it and mix it at the end.

Look at the Clip pane. In the pane are seven audio segments. Christopher imported the video from his camcorder precisely as he did with video and audio in Lesson 8. The screen is black, but this does not mean there is no video. The video is black. (It's the back of the lens cap, actually.)

NOTE

When there is no video image to help identify the clips, adding labels to each is more important. These clips are labeled, but you could adjust them to your liking by double clicking a clip and typing a new name.

And although these clips may not look like much, each contains a snippet of conversation on a given topic. They can be chopped up with Command-T to find small gems of dialogue, but for now we're going to treat them as good interview clips in their entirety.


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