Video:Record Narration in iMoviewith Gretchen Siegchrist
Add a personal touch to your videos by narrating scenes. Watch how to record narration in iMovie.See Transcript
Transcript:Record Narration in iMovieHi, I am Gretchen Siegchrist for about.com computing, and I am going to show you how to add narration to a project in iMovie.
Types of MicrophonesYou can use the microphone built in to your computer, or, for better sound quality, pick up a USB mic.
These can be plugged right into your computer and generally cost less than $50 at electronics stores.
Adjust the Audio SettingsTo record narration in iMovie, click on 'media,' and then click 'audio.' The narration record section is at the bottom of this window.
Before recording narration, you will need to adjust the settings of your computer so that it picks up audio from the right microphone. From the Apple menu, select 'system preferences,' then select 'sound.'
Adjust the VolumeClick on 'input,' and you will be given a selection of microphones. Test the microphone by speaking into it and adjust the input volume if necessary.
You want the volume to go into the high part of the green, but never hit the red. When you have made your adjustments, exit out of system preferences and return to iMovie.
Record Narration in the MicrophonePlace the playhead in the timeline where you want your recording to start, and then click on the red button by microphone.
Speak into the microphone to record your narration. When you are done, click the red button again to stop recording.
Listen or Move the NarrationDrag the playhead to the beginning of the narration, and press 'play' to listen to what you have recorded.
You can move your narration around within the timeline by clicking on the audio clip and dragging it forward or backward.
Split the Narration Into Separate ClipsYou can also split your narration into separate clips by clicking 'edit,' 'split audio clip.' That will give you two narration clips that you can move around independently within the timeline.
If you are not happy with how your narration sounds, select the clip and click 'delete.' Then, you can begin recording all over again.
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