Thursday, September 20, 2012

How to Edit Videos with a Mac more Effectively


Add audio, either with a voice over and or background music.

To do a voiceover, iMovie has a really great voice over feature where when you click the microphone icon on screen it will allow you to record audio and will overlay the audio on whatever audio may already exist for the clip that you select to voice over on top of.  You can easy drag and move the voice over.  It is added as an additional audio track to your video.
To add background music you can search google for "production music" and "royalty free".  This will help you find lyric-less music that might be appropriate for your movie.  Another tip would be to search youtube for keywords that might be relevant to your topic of interest.

Using soundflower an extension that allows applications to pass audio to other applications, you can now have quicktime record sound directly from your computer. First, open the System Preferences and select Soundflower (2ch) as the device for sound output inside the Sound panel. To capture audio, simple open Quicktime, select File>New Audio Recording. Then, inside the Audio Recorder, select Soundflower (2ch) as the input device. Play the audio you wish to record while using Quicktime to record.  Now you can save your sound file and add it as an audio track in iMovie.  Don't forget to switch back the output of Sound to be Internal Speakers when you are done.

A general video tip: when you edit a movie it is ideal to have an opener, build your story, and then close it. Most videos should be under 3 minutes long in order to accomodate people's short attention span.  Good luck and edit away!

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