iMovie HD
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Opening iMovie HD

Importing Video

Getting Comfortable

iMovie Editing

Trimming Clips

iMovie Safeguards




Import Photos

Import Audio

Record Narration

Add iDVD Chapters

Export to iDVD 5

Play Demo Movie

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Record Narration

If you have a microphone, you may also use iMovie’s Audio Pane to record narration straight into iMovie.

  • Connect your Microphone.  If you’re in the I.T. Lab, you’ll find a combo headset/mic at every station.  You’ll also need to check out a “Hockey Puck” USB adapter, so that you can plug both jacks into the Mac simultaneously.
  • Click on the Audio tab.
  • Check your levels.  If you’re all hooked up, iMovie’s Audio Meter should register your voice as you speak.

  • If you’re not getting sound or you need to adjust the level, minimize iMovie, open the Apple Menu > System Preferences > Sound > Click “Input.” Make sure the microphone is the device selected for sound input.  Adjust volume with the Input Volume Slider at the bottom of the Sound Preferences menu.  


  • On your Timeline, position the Playhead where you’d like your Narration to start.  iMovie will record straight into Audio Track 1, so you might have to free up some space first.

  • Click the red RECORD button and start speaking.  Click RECORD a second time to stop recording.

  • iMovie has automatically added this clip to Audio Track 1.  Once you’re done recording you can always slide it down to Audio Track 2.

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