GarageBand for Previewing Movie Scores

Screenwriter John August (whose credits include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Big Fish, Charlie’s Angels, and Go) recently wrote and directed a feature film (currently untitled). On his blog, August has detailed miscellaneous aspects of The Movie, as he calls it, including how he’s using GarageBand to preview Alex Wurman’s score as it’s being written.

Then I vaguely remembered that the most recent version of GarageBand — which came installed on the computer — had some sort of basic Soundtrack-like features designed to work with iMovie. It turned out to be exactly what I needed. The program happily churns through both QuickTime and mp3, making it easy to sync music to picture. The video preview window is a fixed size, but it’s fine for these purposes. Plus, it’s more or less free. In a market of $999 super-apps, it’s easy to overlook the gems that came with the computer.

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