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Importing Audio

You can use iMovie to import audio you have created or audio tracks from a CD to accompany your video.

One form of audio would be simple narration - recording your voice reading a script to play with a video clip or a sequence of video clips.

Recording Audio on a Digital Video Camera

You can do this with a digital video camera - putting the lens cap on and then using the built-in microphone or an attached handheld microphone to record your voice narration. Then you can import the blank video and the audio track by connecting your camera to your computer and capturing the entire video/audio clip in iMovie, and then separating it into a separate blank video track and a separate audio track (and simply deleting the former, leaving only the audio track).

Recording Audio on Your Computer

Or you can record your audio narration through a microphone attached to your computer and import that directly into your iMovie.

To do that, in the Viewer area click on the point in your movie where you want to add the audio.

Then click on the Audio button in the button bar at the bottom of the Shelf area on the right.

Now click on the red record button to the right, and begin speaking into the microphone on your computer.

When you're done, click on the Stop button.

Recording Audio on a Mini-Disc Recorder

You also can use a mini-disc recorder to record your narration and transfer the audio to your computer using an audio editing program like ProTools. In these cases you'll create an audio file on your computer that you then can import into iMovie.

To do that, in the Viewer area click on the point in your movie where you want to add the audio.

Screen shot of file import menuThen select File...Import in the menu at the top of iMovie.

Locate the audio clip on your computer and iMovie will import the audio.

You'll see your narration added as a second audio track in the Timeline Viewer area.

Importing Music from a CD

Finally, you can import music from a CD.

To do that, in the Viewer area click on the point in your movie where you want to add the audio.

Then select File...Import in the menu at the top of iMovie.

Locate the audio clip on your computer and iMovie will import the music audio.

You'll see your audio added as a second audio track in the Timeline Viewer area.

In all these cases, you then can edit the audio, such as increasing or decreasing the volume.