iLife Tutorial: Manage audio with ease in iMovie

The right audio can make or break a project. Luckily, great strides have been made in iMovie ’11

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One of the things that firmly made iMovie a beginners-only application for movie editing was the lack of control users had over audio. Unfortunately, without professional equipment, it’s near impossible to make sure that every single clip you record on your video camera or iPhone has similar audio levels.
Luckily, in the latest update Apple has made sure that audio editing is a little simpler and a lot more thorough. You can very easily change the overall levels of a clip by clicking a button and dragging the values up and down. You can also, using the audio editing window, apply changes to the EQ of each clip. EQ allows you to change the values of sounds at different frequencies. This may sound advanced, but it’s really not. In our experience, a little bit of simple exploration can lead to huge improvements in sound quality in just a few clicks.

1: Cogs away
Click the Settings cog on a clip that you would like to adjust the sound on. Then, once the menu bar has appeared, click on Audio Adjustments. This will bring up a dedicated window for you to play with.

2: EQ it
Use the EQ values to select a preset or alter the volume levels of different frequencies. Use trial and error to make adjustments, playing the clip back each time. Over time, you’ll learn what works.