Sometimes you may wish to add, edit, or change the audio
part of the video, in iMovie, and cannot figure out how to extract the audio.
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iMovie 2 and 3
- In iMovie, Select the clip which contains the audio
you want to extract, then select "advance" -> "extract
audio". An audio clip will be created below the video clip.
- Select the audio clip, then select "File" -> "Show
remember the name of the media file.
- Go to Finder, open your iMovie project media folder, look for
the media file.
- Open Garageband (if you don't like Garageband, you can use Sound
DV, or any other sound editing tool), then drag the media file
from Finder to Garageband, a new track with the audio you want will
be created in Garageband.
- After you have done at Garageband, export the audio to iTunes or
export an AIFF file back to disk
- Click on the Audio button in iMovie,
then drag the audio file from iTunes Library to the audio track or
drag the AIFF file created
iMovie 4 and 5
- In iMovie select "File" -> "Share"
- Select Quicktime -> Expert Settings
- Check or Uncheck the "Share Selected Clips" option. (If you want the whole movie deselect the checkbox)
- Select "Sound to AIFF" / No Compression / 48 kHz / 16 bit / Stereo
- Export out the AIFF file noting its location
- Alter the audio with your program of choice. (Besides Garage Band, many use Sound Studio or Peak DV)
Here is a Quicktime Movie of this procedure
Note: If you have a new Mac you may already have Sound Studio in your
Application or Utilities folder