I noticed that it's necessary to FIRTS choose the mic from voice settings (not in iMovie) from "Operating settings" before you start to record. Choose voice in or USB mic and NOT built-in mic.
That made a difference in an audio.
I'm testing Logitch's USB Desktop mic and it's quite good. The best at so far.
... How can change that iMovie would use the external mic instead of built-in?
Your built-in iSight is only a camera. It has no mic of its own, so you started with your Mac's built-in mic.
iMovie lets you select among connected mics in the "Voiceover" pane as shown here:
When you click on the "Voiceover" choices bar, you will be able to select among all mics available to your system. (The only reason that this picture shows "iSight" as the "Record from:" mic is that I captured the image while using an external iSight, which does have its own built-in mic.)
The audio sounds really bad I want to sound better with the mic. For sure now in iMovie 11 there's an equalizer which makes a difference but I still can't make the sound more "close", it sounds more like eco.
Any audio tips?
(1) Like you, I use the Logitech USB Desktop mic for my voiceovers. It offers sound good enough for me at a price I can afford.
(2) Note that other apps that allow you to select various audio sources each have their own way of doing so. For instance, FaceTime changes mics with a FaceTime > Video menu command as shown here:
You can also record A/V in Snow Leopard's QuickTime Player, which lets you select mics in its "Preferences..." as shown here:
(3) The Help menu of any Mac app that lets you select among various sources may give info on how that particular app lets you select which microphone you use.
Mac Pro Quad Core (Early 2009) 2.93Ghz Mac OS X (10.6.6); MacBook Pro (13 inch, Mid 2009) 2.26GHz (10.6.6)
LED Cinema Display; G4 PowerBook 1.67GHz (10.4.11); iBookSE 366MHz (10.3.9); External iSight; iPod4touch4.2.1
Simple fix. I went through the same thing. Before you launch your iMovie, go to system preferences, then go to AUDIO, and select whatever mic you're using instead of your built in.
THEN launch iMovie. Your built in cam will now record audio with the selected device.
If you're still having trouble, this may sound silly, but plug it into the first usb port. Sometimes my macbook pro get's weird. But it shouldn't. It'll work fine.
This bothered me, too. Here's what works when trying to use an external mic to record live in iMovie without a pre-amp - i.e., your typical powered condenser mic:
- Open iMovie, click on the Microphone icon in the middle of the screen, "Record a Voiceover" and set Line-in as the source.
- Click iMovie > File > Import from Camera
- Click Capture. Be sure to test that the external mic is working.
"- Open iMovie, click on the Microphone icon in the middle of the screen, "Record a Voiceover" and set Line-in as the source."
>>> it says "To record , click a clip where you want the voiceover to begin."
"- Click Capture. Be sure to test that the external mic is working."
>>>> its not working . But I already set the audio/mic on system preferences > AUDIO.