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Creating Your Own Soundtrack CDs 266 Using iMovie's tools for these purposes is covered elsewhere in this book. To learn how to use iMovie's audio tools during the creation of a movie, see Chapter 4, "iMovie: the Swiss Army Knife of Digital Video Software." To learn how to create a soundtrack for an audio CD or for other purposes, check out Chapter 10, "Creating Soundtracks for Digital Lifestyle Projects." Exporting the Soundtrack After you have created the soundtrack that you are going to put on an audio CD, you need to export it from iMovie as a QuickTime movie. Export a Soundtrack from iMovie 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Open your iMovie project if it isn't open already. Do a final preview of your soundtrack by playing the movie and fixing any problems you find. Choose File, Export Movie (or press +E). In the Export Movie dialog, choose To QuickTime. On the Formats pop-up menu, choose Expert. In the Image Settings area, enter 10 for the width and the height of the movie's image. Since you aren't going to be using the video track at all, there is no reason to export a lot of data so you should make the video track very small. In the Audio Settings area, click the Settings button to open the Sound Settings dialog (see Figure 14.1). You will use this dialog to maximize the quality of the soundtrack that you export. 7. Figure 14.1. You use the Sound Settings dialog to configure sound properties of the movie soundtrack that you are exporting. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. Choose None from the Compressor pop-up menu. Click the pop-up button at the right end of the Rate field and choose 48 kHz. This sets the sampling rate to as high as possible. Make sure that the 16 bit and Stereo radio buttons are selected. Click OK to close the Sound Settings dialog. Click OK to close the Expert QuickTime Settings dialog. Click Export. In the resulting Export QuickTime Movie dialog, name your movie, choose a location in which to save it, and click Save. iMovie will export your movie; the application displays a progress dialog to let you see how the export is proceeding. When the process is complete, you will have a QuickTime movie containing a very small video track and your soundtrack. Finishing the Soundtrack in QuickTime After you have created the QuickTime version of your soundtrack, you need to get rid of the video track and put it in a format that you can import into iTunes.