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Chapter 3. iMovie > Extract audio in paste over

Extract audio in paste over

You may eventually be in an editing situation where you want to replace existing video in the Timeline, but keep the audio of the original clip. For example, the original video clip may have narration you want to use, but you want to replace the video with new shots of whatever the narrator is talking about. You can replace the original video but retain its audio with a “paste over.”

1.
Make sure that “Extract audio when using 'Paste Over at Playhead'” is selected in iMovie's Preferences (page 174).

2.
Select a video clip you want to insert. Use the crop markers under the Monitor to select the specific video frames that you want to paste, then press Command C to copy the selection.

3.
Position the Playhead at the first frame of video to be replaced. If you're replacing just part of an existing video clip, use the crop markers to select the specific frames to be replaced.

4.
From the Advanced menu, choose “Paste Over at Playhead.” The audio of the pasted video is muted (set to zero), and the original clip's audio is placed in audio track 1, below the pasted video.


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