Using Music in iMovie 11

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Find Music in iMovie 11

In iMovie, you can access music and sound effects by clicking on the music note in the center-right part of the screen. This will open up the iMovie music and sound effects library, where you can access your iTunes library, Garage Band songs, as well as music and sound effects from iMovie and other iLife applications.

You can sort music by song title, artist and song length. You can also use the search bar to find particular songs.

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Add Background Music to a Project in iMovie 11

When you've selected a song, drag it from the music library to the timeline. If you want the song as background music for the entire video, drop not on a clip but on the gray background of the project editor window.

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Add Music to Part of a Project in iMovie 11

If you only want the song included for part of the video, drag it to the spot in the sequence where you want it to begin. The musical track will appear underneath the video clips. Once it's placed in a project, you can still move a song by clicking and dragging it elsewhere in the timeline.​

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Editing Music With the Audio Inspector

Open the Audio Inspector either by clicking on the i button in the middle bar of iMovie, or by clicking on the tool wheel in the music clip.

In the Audio Inspector you can adjust the volume of the song in your iMovie project. Or, with the Ducking button, adjust the volume of the other clips that play at the same time as the song. You can also control how the song fades in and out during the video.

The enhance and equalizer tools can be used on a song, but usually aren't necessary for professionally recorded music.

The Clip Inspector, in the other tab in the Audio Inspector window, offers tools for adjusting the song's volume and adding audio effects to it.