How to Add Narration to Your iMovie Project

By Mark L. Chambers

With iMovie, Mac’s movie creation and editing application, you can add voiceover narration to your iMovie project. In fact, you can record your voice while you watch your movie playing, allowing perfect synchronization with the action! To add narration, follow these steps:

1Click the Voiceover button in the Editing toolbar.

The Voiceover window opens.

2Click the Record From pop-up menu and select the input device.

Most Macs sport a decent internal microphone, but you can always add a USB microphone to your system.

3Drag the input volume slider to a comfortable level.

You can monitor the volume level of your voice with the left and right input meters. Try to keep the meters at 50 percent or so for the proper volume level.

4Drag the Noise Reduction slider to the right.

This blocks out ambient noise.

If you’d like iMovie to enhance your voice electronically for a more professional sound, click the Voice Enhancement check box to select it. To hear the audio from your movie project while you speak, click the Play Project Audio While Recording check box to select it. Note, however, that you’ll need to listen to the audio while using a set of headphones to avoid feedback problems.

5Choose Where to start the narration.

Click in the desired spot within a clip in the Project pane where the narration should begin.

6Begin speaking when prompted by iMovie.

Watch the video while you narrate so that you can coordinate your narration track with the action.

7Click anywhere in the iMovie window to stop recording (or wait until the clip ends).

iMovie adds an icon to the Project pane underneath the video with the voiceover.

8Click the Close button in the Voiceover window.

Check your handiwork and tweak as necessary.