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Adding sound to iPad iMovie

Let’s say you are working on an iMovie and want to add some music or audio that is NOT builtin. Here are some options:

  • Setup your personal iTunes AppleID inSettings. Anything you’ve purchased or Synced using iTunes on a Desktop/Laptop will show up on your iPad [eventually] when you click the Audio tab [top right] and select Playlists/Albums/Artists/Songs.
  • You can record your own audio by clicking the microphone icon, bottom right.
    –> So you could record your narration this way
    –> You could also play a track on a radio, and just place the iPad near the speaker. It’s low-fi, but might work well enough!
  • You can also EMAIL an audio file to yourself.  If you have an MP3, Wav, or AIFF file that you’d like to use, then just email it to yourself.
    –> In the Mail app, open the email. The file[s] should download.
    –> Click the one you want to use. It starts playing.
    –> Click the EXPORT/”Open in….” button, top right – it looks like the square with the arrow pointing UP. Select iMovie.
    –> ….OR in the email message, just click and hold on the audio icon. The “Open in…” box will popup.
    –> iMovie will open, and you can select if you’d like to place the file into a new project, or one you’ve been working on.
    –> The audio clip will be placed at the beginning of the project. You can move it around [and trim it, etc] just like any other clip.

Click the pictures to see a larger version.

iMovie audio tab
The Audio tab
You can access your iTunes library **IF** you have things setup just so.
You can access your iTunes library **IF** you have things setup just so.
Click the microophone icon to record your own audio. You can listen to it after recording and even re-do it before accepting the take.
Click the microophone icon to record your own audio. You can listen to it after recording and even re-do it before accepting the take.
After you email audio to yourself, click-n-hold on the audio icon to see the "Open in...." box. Select iMovie.......
After you email audio to yourself, click-n-hold on the audio icon to see the “Open in….” box. Select iMovie…….
.... and then you either start a new project with the audio, OR add the audio to an existing project.
…. and then you either start a new project with the audio, OR add the audio to an existing project.

Want to read more? Here are some articles:

iMovie – tips for creating

Quick notes for how to create an excellent iMovie:

CONTENT IS THE WHOLE POINT
All the special effects and jazzy stuff on the planet
can’t make up for zero content.


 

Production Process:

  1. PLAN / Outline – do this on paper. Get a list of what you want to say, and what shots/footage/audio you’ll need.
  2. Gather Material – collect all your parts. Take notes on paper, listing what you’ve collected. Seriously, this will save you TONS of time and aggravation.

    I suggest using the Camera app to shoot your material instead of using iMovie. It’s faster.

  3. Start iMovie Project
  4. Import Material – from the camera roll, or wherever else you’ve stashed it.
  5. Editing – making all the parts fit

    Clips added/arranged/changed

    Add transitions

    Add special effects

    Add titles

    Add/edit audio [check volume levels!]

HELP is your friend!

So is a web search [Could search “iMovie iPad how add narration”, for example]

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Want to learn how to shoot better videos? Caleb Rule [graduated from GCSU in Mass Communication] recorded some basic tips complete with examples that are posted on the MDS Tech Youtube channel [and on the WMDS portal as well].

CLICK HERE for the Youtube videos.

WMDS portal videos [must be logged in];

  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Part 3 – it’s in the “Video Production” category

 

iPad Backups- how and why

Scroll all the way down to fetch a PDF version of this info.
CLICK HERE for an update about Notability.

At the risk of stating the obvious, you should have your data backed up somewhere just in case, because you’d be surprised how often “just in case” happens with technology.

If you search the web for a how-to, you will see a lot of instructions that do not apply here at MDS because of how our systems are setup. Please, DO NOT attach your ipad to iTunes. That doesn’t work with the MDS iPads, and will actually create MORE problems for you.

Here’s what to do:

Step 1:  Make sure iCloud backup is setup.

Go into Settings –> iCloud, and make sure your AppleID is setup and your iPad is being backed up. If there IS no AppleID in the field, then you never set up iCloud. Come see the iPad Guy for some help.

Click the images for the larger version.

iCloud 1

After clicking the “Storage and Backups” button, you’ll see this screen. You can see if anything has been backed up, when the next backup will happen, and you can start a backup right now.
iCloud 2

Step 2: Get copies of your docs and pix onto Google Drive

iMovie

Your version of iMovie may look different – NOT TO PANIC! Go the page where all of your imovie projects are listed. Look for the icon that’s circled below. Select it, and then send the movie to your Camera Roll. See below for moving Camera files to your Google drive.

imovie

Notability

You have a couple of options for saving Notability files – see the advice tips at the end of this section.

Click the “Sharing” icon, top left.

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Select “All notes”, left side.

Click which notes you’d like to stash in Drive. Everything you select will have a blue checkmark.

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Click the “Share” icon again.

Select “Google Drive”.

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Pick a Destination [what folder], a format [ PDF, RTF, or Note – see advice below], and whether to save any audio notes you’ve recorded.

Then click “Send to Google Drive”.

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 Advice:
  • Save your Notability notes TWICE – once as a PDF, again as a Note.
  • RTF would only be good if you were to use the TEXT in a regular word processor on a laptop/desktop.

UPDATE:

Set Notability to AUTOMATICALLY backup your Notes to Google drive by

  1. Firing up Notability
  2. On the “Library” screen [where you see all your categories and Dividers], get into Settings by clicking the Gear icon, bottom left.
  3. Accounts–> Setup–>Google Drive. It’ll ask you to login, and you’ll have to give permission for Notability to access this and that and the other. YES, give it permission.
  4. Auto-backup–>Google Drive. You’ll see a message about “now backing up to Google Drive as a PDF”. Click out of it.
  5. Click the Gear icon to the right of Google Drive in the list. Change the format to NOTE – you don’t want PDF, you want NOTE format.
  6. That way if something goes weird, you can IMPORT your notes directly into Notability from Google Drive, and you won’t have lost anything.

Camera [Pictures and Videos]

Fire up Google Drive

Hit the Upload icon [left side of screen]

Pix 1

Click the +, top right corner. Click “Upload Photos or Videos”

Pix 2

Click “Camera Roll”. Click what you want to upload, then click the Checkmark above the pictures.

Pix 3

After everything uploads, doublecheck in Google Drive that the pix are actually there.

Never trust a computer – especially when grades are involved!

 

How to backup ipad 2010108 – PDF version of this info.