iMovie For Mac Audio Tips And Tricks

There are many ways to control audio from your video clips or effects and music you bring into your projects. Learn how to control volume throughout the track, apply effects and more.

Comments: 13 Responses to “iMovie For Mac Audio Tips And Tricks”

    Mel Lyons
    4 years ago

    Too much information at one time. You went too fast but I do appreciate the information.

    Debi Brening
    4 years ago

    I have created a iMovie of my grandkids, it's 1 1/2 hours long. Do you have a video on what do I do now. Such as update to utube, in other words how do we view the movie? Thanks is advance for your help.

    4 years ago

    Debi: To view it, you can just play it right in iMovie, or export it as a file and open that file in QuickTime Player. If you want to share it with someone else, then using a service like YouTube is one way to go. See You definitely don't want to try to send a video that big using email or anything like that.

    Pam Williams
    4 years ago

    In reply to Debi, I would add save as QuickTime movie, then copy to USB. The USB can be inserted and viewed on TVs or receivers that have a USB port. Also, you can upload the QuickTime movie to a Google Drive (free) then enable sharing using the copy link then paste within an email and send to family/friends. They can view or download to their own computer as well as copy to a USB to play on their TVs. I would also mention how grateful I've been to Gary over many years for his MacMost Now tips.

    John F.
    4 years ago

    Excellent tips. I thought I'd already figured out most of what iMovie does, but as usual, you've covered lots of new ground and great ideas. No real question here, I just wanted to comment on what an excellent job you do. You're not not just extremely knowledgeable about Macs, you're also a great teacher. Very organized, very clear, very good at explaining everything step-by-step.

    Pa will
    4 years ago

    Hello and thank you Like to know how do I add music to pictures from a recording

    4 years ago

    Pa: Just drag the music file into the timeline.

    Nicholas Manno
    4 years ago

    Thanks, Gary. You never cease to amaze me with your knowledge. This post was extremely helpful.
    Do you have a tutorial on how to enhance the color saturation or contrast on a video?
    I do have to agree with Mel, this tutorial moved VERY quickly and required many pauses and rewinds.
    Still, a great job. Much appreciated.

    4 years ago

    Nicholas: Just use the color controls in iMovie to adjust the image. Experiment with it.

    4 years ago

    A ton of information at once. Like drinking from a fire hose. :-) But we can always review the video. My observation is that you must have "Apple Blood" in you. You understand their software design philosophy so can reveal the many features in the application. Apple documentation certainly does not. I am again impressed. Question:
    How many audio tracks can be synced with the same portion of video clip?

    4 years ago

    Gene: I've never tried to hit a limit with audio. Just try adding some and see how many you can fit. Of course you can always take a video into GarageBand and have tons of audio tracks there.

    3 years ago

    Fantastic video! As a newbie creating videos for my original music (mostly using stills with gobs of Ken Burns effects), this is really helpful. 2 questions:
    Keyboard shortcut to "rewind to beginning" (not "play from beginning"}? Can't find it anywhere.
    Since there is no "save as" command, it seems you need to duplicate the project every time you open it and edit there. Otherwise, everytime you quit imovie, all your edits are permanent, yes?
    Thank you!

    3 years ago

    Hal: Home and End keys will work (If your keyboard doesn't have those, fn+left or fn+right are the substitutes). iMovie doesn't operate with "documents" so there is nothing to save. Changes are saved as you work.

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