How to Adjust Audio Levels in iMovie

Professional quality films don't keep audio levels static. Think about that Oscar-winning moment in your favorite film. Odds are, at the pivotal moment, a swell of music overtakes the audio track. Or consider the beginning and ending of some scenes, where music seems to fade in and fade out. iMovie, Apple's video-editing software that comes with iLife, allows users to do just this. Learn how to adjust audio leves in iMovie to give your video that professional feel.

Adjusting Audio Levels in iMovie

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Open iMovie.

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Open the file you wish to adjust audio levels on.

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Select the clip you want to adjust audio on and drag it into the clip viewer.

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Click on the "audio" tab to select an audio track from your iTunes list.

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Switch from clip viewer to timeline viewer.

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Drag the audio clip into the an empty track in the timeline viewer.

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Click on "view" on the main taskbar and select "Show Clip Volume Levels."

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Use your mouse to bend the audio level line on either the video track or the audio track. The higher you bend the line, the louder that segment of the clip will be. The lower you bend the line, the quieter. You can bend the audio and video lines independently to better customize audio levels.

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Click "file" and then "save" to save your changes.