iMovie (2013): Add audio and music

Add audio and music

You can add sound effects and music to your movies. iMovie provides a library of sound effects to choose from, and you can also use audio from your own GarageBand and iTunes libraries. In addition, you can add background music to your movie using any audio clip. Background music plays along with the audio recorded with your video, and any sound effects or voiceovers you add to your movie. Audio placed as background music is edited separately in its own area of the timeline, and is unaffected by edits made to other clips in your movie.

Add a sound clip

  1. In the Content Library section of the sidebar, select iTunes Figure. iTunes button., Sound Effects Figure. Sound Effects button., or GarageBand Figure. GarageBand button..

    The contents of the selected item appear as a list in the browser. To filter what appears, you can choose a category from the pop-up menu in the upper-left corner of the browser.

  2. In the browser, select an audio clip you want to add to your movie.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • To add the entire audio clip: Drag the clip from the list to the timeline.

    • To add part of the audio clip: Select a range in the waveform at the top of the browser, and drag the range to the timeline.

    The audio clip is now attached to a clip in the timeline. If you move the clip the audio clip is attached to, the audio clip moves as well.

    When you want to add only the audio from a video clip in your iTunes library, drag the clip or range below the timeline and connect it to another clip, or drag the clip or range to the background music well.

Record a voiceover

You can record your own narration to add to your movie.

  1. Position the playhead where you want to start recording in the timeline, and choose Window > Record Voiceover.

    The voiceover recording controls appear below the viewer.

    Figure. Record button below the viewer.
  2. To adjust the recording settings, do any of the following:

    • To change the input device: Click the Voiceover Options button Figure. Voiceover Options button., and choose an option from the Input Source pop-up menu.

    • To adjust the input level of the microphone: Click the Voiceover Options button, and drag the Volume slider right to increase the volume of what is being recorded, or left to decrease it.

      You can monitor the audio levels by using the built-in audio meter on the Record button Figure. Record button.. You should set the volume so that the audio meter in the microphone (the Record button) stays green, even when your voice is at its loudest.

    • To mute sound from other clips while recording: Click the Voiceover Options button, and select the Mute Project checkbox.

  3. To start recording, click the Record button.

  4. To stop recording, click the Record button again (or press the Space bar).

    The recorded audio appears as a new clip in the timeline, above the background music. The voiceover clip is attached to the clip that was below the playhead when the recording was started.

    The track is named VO: Movie Name - Date, where “Movie Name” is the name of your movie, and “Date” is the date of the recording.

  5. Click the close button Figure. Close button. to dismiss the voiceover recording controls.

Add background music

It’s easy to add a background music track to your movie. Clips added as background music appear in the background music well, located at the bottom of the timeline. Background music isn’t affected by edits you make to other clips in your movie. This can be useful, for example, if you want to edit your movie to a particular piece of music.

Figure. Background music well in the timeline.
  1. In the Content Library section of the sidebar, select iTunes Figure. iTunes button., Sound Effects Figure. Sound Effects button., or GarageBand Figure. GarageBand button..

    The contents of the selected item appear as a list in the browser. To filter what appears, you can choose a category from the pop-up menu in the upper-left corner of the browser.

  2. Browse to find the clip you want to add to your project.

  3. Drag the clip to the background music well, located below the timeline.

    Figure. Audio clip being dragged to the background music well in the timeline.

    You can position, trim, and edit the background audio independently of clips in the timeline. If you have “Trim background music” turned on in your movie settings, the audio in the background music well is automatically trimmed to match the duration of your movie. For more information, see Customize movie settings.

Last Modified: Nov 3, 2013
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