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Chapter 4. iMovie: The Swiss Army Knife ... > Building a Sound Track - Pg. 124

iMovie: The Swiss Army Knife of Digital Video Software 124 Building a Sound Track Sound is a very important part of any movie; in fact, good sound can make any movie better. When working with iMovie projects, you can use the following kinds of sound: · Native sound. When you import clips into iMovie, any sound that was part of those clips comes in, too. If your clips had sound, you've already heard it numerous times while you were assem- bling your movie from those clips. You can use iMovie tools to control some aspects of your movie's native sound. · Sound Effects. You can add sound effects to your movie to bring it to life. You can use iMovie's built-in sound effects, and you can import other sound effects to use. · Narration and other recorded sound. If you want to explain what is happening in a movie or add your own commentary, you can record narration for your movie. You can also use the nar- ration tool to record sounds from a tape player or other audio device. · Music. The right music makes a movie a better experience. You can import music to your movies from many sources, such as audio CDs, MP3 files, and so on. While you can work with a movie's video track in either the Clip Viewer or the Timeline Viewer, when you work with sound, you use the Timeline Viewer exclusively. As you have seen, the Timeline Viewer includes three tracks. The top track represents the video track and the native sound of the video included in the movie. The lower two tracks are for audio that you add to your movie, such as sound effects, music, recorded sound, and so on. At the right end of each track, you will see the Mute checkboxes. When a track's Mute checkbox is checked, the audio in the track plays; if a track's checkbox is unchecked, the track is mute. Going Native (Native Sound That Is)