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Use iMovie's "Snap to Beats" Feature to Make a Music Video

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Your Mac's iMovie application provides a fast, easy (and free) way to create music videos out of footage you already have on hand. John Tollett, coauthor of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard: Peachpit Learning Series, shows how it's done.

Using the Mac OS X application called iMovie to make movies is fun, creatively addictive, and really easy—especially if you use its Snap to Beats feature to make quick music videos. This technique is so effective that it almost doesn't matter what the video footage is, or if the video clips even relate to each other. By combining finger-snapping, toe-tapping music and nicely timed video clips, you can create a music video that you'll want to share with your family and friends.

Step 1: Open iMovie

Click the iMovie icon in the Dock (see Figure 1), or double-click the iMovie icon in the Applications folder. If the video clips you want to use are already in the iMovie Event Library pane (which means that they've already been imported), go to step 3.

Figure 1 The iMovie icon as it appears in the Dock.

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