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Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Multiple sound layers in iMovie *purple version

Film Festival time!
Lot's of us from Manaiakalani Schools are currently filming and editing our movies for the 2015 Manaiakalani Film Festival, and I thought I'd share this easy tip I recently learned in iMovie.

Now I'm actually guilty of always bagging on iMovie for how restrictive it is when using sound... I now take back everything i've ever said, because it turns out I just never learnt to use it properly. Yet some of the people I have complained to (who I consider to be semi-experts in iMovie) have never shown me this tip, so I thought it might be worth sharing.

In the past when I've used iMovie I've found it difficult to layer sound. Particularly when trying to use background foley, music, and other sound effects. My problem was I was only using the "Music" area of the timeline. It's the obvious location to drop your sound, however it restricts you to only one sound clip at a time, and means you can't layer other clips such as sound effects.
There is a way around this however, where you attach the sound clip to a specific video clip. This will allow you to layer as many sound clips of sound as you like, and give you a lot more control.
Here's a short screencast to show you what I am talking about.