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iMovie 4 Tip: Exporting Selected Audio Clips

My colleague Glenn and I discovered an interesting iMovie 4 tip today. He needed to edit a short bit of audio that he had captured on his iPod (using a Belkin voice recorder), so we pulled it into iMovie to take advantage of the new audio track waveforms. After isolating the section of audio he ...

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Non-Productive Tip of the Day: Jamming on the Snapping Sound

When you use iMovie 4’s Timeline snapping feature, the program makes a little “pop” noise to indicate that the Playhead has snapped to an edit point. But let’s just say that you’re tired of that unobtrusive pop. That sound is just an AIFF audio file. So, just to see if I could use my own ...

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A Couple of Audio Editing Tips

I’m working on the Audio Editing chapter of the iMovie 4 book, and, because I need a break from looking at pages in InDesign, thought I’d post a couple cool new things. With an audio clip selected, do one of the following: Position the Playhead in the middle of the clip and press the right ...

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Apply Transitions: My Favorite New iMovie 4 Feature So Far

So I’m working on updating the Transitions chapter of the book for the next edition (iMovie 4 & iDVD 4 for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide, available now for pre-order!) and asking myself, “Why is there now an Apply button in the Transitions pane?” After all, I can already use the Update button when ...

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iMovie 4 Tip: Snapping

I’m writing a review of iMovie 4, and making all sorts of notes. Here’s a quick tip: iMovie 4 features Timeline Snapping, which snaps the playhead to the nearest edit point with a little “snick” sound. You could enable this feature in iMovie’s preferences, but don’t bother. Instead, just hold Shift as you drag the ...

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Launching the Right iMovie

Since iMovie 3 has its share of problems, I made a point of keeping a copy of iMovie 2 on my computer (see page 59 of the book). However, Mac OS X still associated my iMovie project files with iMovie 2: if I double-clicked a project, it would launch iMovie 3. Fortunately, this is an ...

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How to Import Song Fragments (iMovie 3)

A reader sent the following question: In iMovie 2, adding audio could be done with only part of a song [from a CD]. If I wanted just a few bars from a particular song, I could push the ‘play’ button and then push ‘record’ for just the part I wanted in my movie and then ...

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Crop Photos Using Ken Burns Effect

You can use the Ken Burns Effect to crop photos: At the Start stage, specify a zoom amount. Then Option-click the Finish button to set the same zoom value. When you click the Apply button, the photo is added to the Timeline as a regular still photo, not a Ken Burns clip. You can also ...

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TIP: Automatic QuickTime Movie

I’ve noticed a new – positive! – wrinkle since upgrading to iMovie 3.0.2: when you save a project, a QuickTime movie sharing the project’s name appears in the project folder. iMovie automatically generates a DV-formatted QuickTime file of the Timeline contents, almost as if you had exported it manually using the Full Quality DV option. ...