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(see Chapter 9). Realtors feature camcorder footage of houses under consideration, while narrating the key features that can't be seen ("Built in 1869, this house was extensively renovated in 1880..."). And it doesn't take much imagination to see how lawyers can exploit iMovie. Recording Narration Preparing to Record Your Mac's microphone takes one of two forms: built-in or external. The built-in mike, a tiny hole in the facade of the iMac, eMac, or PowerBook, couldn't be more convenient--it's always with you, and always turned on. If your Mac doesn't have a built-in microphone, you can plug in an external USB microphone (see the Apple Products Guide at www.guide.apple.com) or a standard microphone with the help of an adapter (like the iMic, www.griffntechnology.com). Making the Recording Here's how you record narration: 1.Clicktheclockiconsothatyou'relookingattheTimelineViewer. You'll do all your audio editing in Timeline view. 2.DragthePlayheadtoaspotjustbeforeyouwantthenarrationtobegin. You can use all the usual navigational techniques to line up the Playhead: Press the Space bar to play the movie, press the right and left arrow keys to move the Playhead one frame at a time, press Shift-arrow keys to make the Playhead jump 10 frames at a time, and so on. 3.OpentheAudiopanel,ifit'snotalreadyopen. You do so by clicking the Audio button, shown in Figure 8-3. Figure 8-3: To summon the narration controls, click the Audio button. If your microphone is correctly hooked up, the round, red Record Voice button is available. (Otherwise, it's dimmed.) Just beside the Record button is a live "VU" level meter. Test your setup by speaking into the microphone; if this meter twitches in response, you're ready to record. chapter8:narration,music,andsound 219