Getting Your Music into iTunes

Getting music from GarageBand into iTunes is a necessary first step to being able to use the music in your other iLife applications (iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD), and it's incredibly easy.

When you're done making a piece of music (or even before thenyou can make interim versions to your heart's content), you can export the music directly into iTunes.

Before exporting for the first time, you may want to verify the settings for precisely where GarageBand will place this music in iTunes and how it will label it. (Remember, you can change the labels in iTunes if you're so inclined, but it might be better to make sure it's set up properly here first.)


Choose GarageBand > Preferences.


Click the Export tab, which lets you can confirm (or set up) how the music will go into iTunes.

If these settings are good, close the window (with the red button). Now you are ready to export, and you know where the music will end up when you do.


Choose File > Export to iTunes.

This will mix your entire sequence of music (not just the part indicated by the yellow loop bar) down to a single track. This is referred to as a mixdown.


A mixdown is the musical equivalent of the rendering of special effects that's done in iMovie. The program takes a bunch of discrete elements andthrough some computer processingcombines them into a single element. If you make a change to some part of the original parts, the computer has to do it again to keep the combination current. Faster computerswith more MHz in the CPUperform these kinds of tasks quickly.

The process takes a few moments, but when it's done, the song is placed in a special playlist in iTunes.

After exporting, your Mac will automatically open iTunes (presumably so you can play it there). If you want to see the song you've created, browse in iTunes and go to the designated playlist. Your music is waiting for you there. And of course, it is now also accessible from the other iLife applications for use in your slideshows, DVDs, or movies.


You can export to iTunes at any time while you are working, to create interim versions of tracks. But remember that if you change the music in GarageBand, it's not automatically reflected in the song in iTunes. You need to export again to get the current version.


Open iMovie, if it's not already open.


Open Lesson12 > Finished_Timelapse_Project07 alias, and park the playhead at the beginning, for good measure.

This is where you want the song to begin, during the opening titles.


Click the Audio button to access the iTunes playlists.


Open the playlist to which you exported your music.

For Jennifer, it was the Petro Playlist.


Select the song.


Click the Place at Playhead button.

The song is immediately imported and dropped into an empty audio track aligned with the playhead (which should be at the start of the video).


Play it and see how the song syncs with the picture.

The only thing left to do is fade out the music after the video ends.


Choose View > Show Clip Volume Levels.

This adds a volume control line to the audio tracks that you can modify.


This method is comparable to performing the same kind of work in GarageBand using the Track Volume check box.


Click the line in the music track at a place where you want the song to fade out.

A yellow dot will appear here, and a smaller, purple dot will also appear to its left. These two points control the beginning and end of the fade-out, with a curve of steadily decreasing volume spanning between them.


Drag the yellow dot to the position at which the fade-out should be completed, and pull it down to a volume of zerothe lowest you can drag it.


Drag the purple dot back to the position you want the fade-out to beginprobably in the middle of the video fade-out, but the precise location is pretty subjective.

When you like the relationship of the video fade-out and the music fade-out, you're done.

Play the entire video now, with the song mixed in. The two should fit together pretty well, and the fade-out at the end should get softer as the picture disappears, but should end a moment after the video is gone. That's a nice conclusion and typical in professional videos. Good job.

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