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17.3. Recording Narration

If anyone ever belittles iMovie for being underpowered, point out an iMovie feature that isn't even available in most of the expensive video editing programs: the ability to record narration while you watch your movie play. If your Mac has a microphone, you can easily create effects like reminiscences ("It was the year 2004. It was a time of innocence"), scene identification ("It's Halloween 2003, and little Chrissie is going out for her very first trick-or-treating. Mommy made the costume out of some fishnet stockings and a melon"), additional information ("Built in 1869, this house was extensively renovated in 1880…"), and so on.

If your Mac doesn't have a built-in microphone, you can plug in an external USB microphone (the Apple Products Guide at www.guide.apple.com offers a list) or an adapter (such as the iMic, www.griffintechnology.com) that accommodates a standard microphone.


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