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Part Two: Editing in iMovie > Chapter 8: Narration, Music,and Sound - Pg. 215

chapter 8 Narration, Music, and Sound I f you're lucky, you may someday get a chance to watch a movie whose soundtrack isn't fnished yet. You'll be scanning channels and stumble across a special about how movies are made, or you'll see a tribute to a flm composer, or you'll rent a DVD of some movie that includes a "making of " documentary. Such TV shows or DVDs sometimes include a couple of minutes from the fnished movie as it looked before the musical soundtrack and sound effects were added. At that moment, your understanding of the flm medium will take an enormous leap forward. "Jeez," you'll say, "without music and sound effects, this $100 million Hol- lywood flm has no more emotional impact home movies!" And you'll be right. It's true that in our society, the visual component of flm is the most, well, visible. The household names are the directors and movie stars, not the sound editors, composers, foley (sound effects) artists, and others who devote their careers to the audio experience of flm. But without music, sound effects (called SFX for short), and sound editing, even the best Hollywood movie will leave you cold and unimpressed. The Two iMovie Soundtracks Much like traditional flm cameras, iMovie separates the audio and video into separate tracks, which you can view and edit independently. In iMovie, you can view the con- tents of your soundtracks with a single click on the clock icon shown in Figure 8-1. As noted in Chapter 5, the top horizontal band of the Timeline Viewer displays the video component of your movie. It shows tiny thumbnails that help you identify which clips you've placed in which order. For the most part, you won't do chapter8:narration,music,andsound 215