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Add Music and Sound Effects to iMovie Video Projects in iLife '11

11 of 12 in Series: The Essentials of Editing Video with iMovie in iLife '11

Music and sound effects are useful for triggering excitement, surprise, or humor. iMovie offers a long list of sound effects organized by folder. Here are a few techniques you’ll find handy as you work with music and sound effects in iLife:

  • To browse sound effects and music, click the Music button — the Music Note icon on the right side of the toolbar under the Viewer pane (or choose Window→Music and Sound Effects). The Music and Sound Effects Browser appears next to the Event Browser, with a list of music sources including iMovie Sound Effects and iLife Sound Effects.

    To browse sound effects, open either iMovie Sound Effects or iLife Sound Effects by clicking its triangle. Select a folder in the Music and Sound Effects list, and then select a sound effect in the list below the Music and Sound Effects list. You can also use the Search field to search for the sound effect by name. Click the sound effect to hear it (or click the Play button at the bottom of the Music and Sound Effects browser).

    Drag a sound effect to the project.
    Drag a sound effect to the project.
  • To add a sound effect, select and drag it from the Music and Sound Effects Browser to a project clip in the Project Browser.

    Select the sound effect marker to adjust its position and length.
    Select the sound effect marker to adjust its position and length.
  • To move a sound effect to another position, simply drag the marker.

  • To make a sound effect shorter or longer, drag the right end of the marker to the left. Many sound effects repeat over and over, so you can make them longer or shorter.

  • To browse music in your iTunes library, scroll the Music and Sound Effects list to iTunes; open the list under iTunes by clicking its triangle; and select Music, Movies, Podcasts, Books, Purchased, or Genius or a playlist. You can also use the Search field to search for a song or an artist by name. Click the song in the list below the Music and Sound Effects list to hear it (or click the Play button at the bottom of the Music and Sound Effects Browser).

  • To add a song from iTunes to your movie, select and drag it from the Music and Sound Effects Browser to a project clip in the Project Browser.

    Select the song marker to adjust its position.
    Select the song marker to adjust its position.
  • To trim the audio clip in the Clip Trimmer, select the audio marker and choose Window→Clip Trimmer. The audio track appears in the Clip Trimmer window, so that you can trim the beginning or end of the soundtrack.

    Trim the soundtrack in the Clip Trimmer.
    Trim the soundtrack in the Clip Trimmer.
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