Tutorial: Making a Narrated Video Slideshow in iMovie 08


Summary

  1. Record the narration (e.g. in Garageband)
  2. Import the narration audio file into iMovie
  3. Set the narration audio as background audio
  4. Import the images (e.g. from your iPhoto library)
  5. Organise the photos to fit the narrated audio track
  6. Add titles and other effects as desired
  7. Export to YouTube, .Mac or other online service

Tools

  • Macintosh computer, Mac OS X v10.4.9 or later
  • Audio recording device, e.g. USB microphone
  • Apple iLife 08 suite of applications, free with all new Macs, or available to purchase (e.g. for £55.00 pounds in the UK)
    • iMovie 08
    • Garageband 08
    • iPhoto 08

Record the narration (e.g. in Garageband)

Essentially, you want to set up Garageband so it's a simple voice recorder. This is not difficult...
  • Launch Garageband, choosing "Create New Music Project", and saving the project in a suitable folder
  • You should see a window with a single track at the top entitled "Grand Piano"
  • Select this track, and from the "Track" menu, choose "Delete Track"
  • Again from the "Track" menu, choose "New Track..." and select "Real Instrument Track" (This will let you capture audio with a microphone)
  • Using the "Track" menu, make sure the "Track Info" panel is visible on the right. Change the instrument category from "Basic Track" to "Vocals" and the type of vocal to "No Effects"
  • To silence the metronome, from the "Control" menu, make sure the "Metronome" is not selected
  • On a modern iMac, MacBook or MacBookPro and possibly on older models there is a built-in microphone. Better audio quality can be got from a

Import the narration audio file into iMovie
Set the narration audio as background audio
Import the images (e.g. from your iPhoto library)
Organise the photos to fit the narrated audio track
Add titles and other effects as desired
Export to YouTube, .Mac or other online service