Currently Being ModeratedFeb 23, 2012 8:42 AM (in response to Timothy Arends1)
You can duck music clips. Ducking is a very powerful feature. In the wrong hands it can be dangerous. If you selected the background music and applied duckng, it would have the effect of muting everything else in your project. There are other ways to mute everything else in your project, if you need to do that.
If you apply music by dragging it to a clip - so the music shows up as a track under the video rather than as a background, then it is easy to apply ducking.
The key thing with ducking is that it does not operate on the clip you choose. It operates on all other clips that play at the same time as that clip.
Here is a good video tutorial from Apple that shows how ducking works.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 12, 2013 10:15 AM (in response to AppleMan1958)
OK, nice video but for an older version of iMovie. Still valid?? iMovie 11 has the gears now to access the audio editor.
What I am unable to do is reduce the background music. I've dragged a song into the gray space to add it as background. Then I'm trying to reduce its volume when the video clip's audio plays ( a soft spoken older man) and I'm unable to get ducking to work for the video clip. I've even tried manually lowering the background music's audio volume, which has no effect, and I've tried manually raising the audio volume in the video clip which as some effect. Results still not useable as a finished clip.
I just created a new discussion on this question.