The idea behind the iLife apps is that you don't need a lot of knowledge or experiences to end up with a good result. Of course of cost for lesser options. I think you should stick then with iMovie and GarageBand and later move to other, more specialized apps. I'm aware that these apps have some minus points, but i like the simplicity of them and how they work together and .. you have them already
I don't like to see you frustrated with your mac, so here a little guide. I hope it will be helpful. Audio:
How do you record your guitar with GarageBand, do you have something like a POD or Toneport? Sorry, i think you mentioned it somewhere, but i don't remember. Basically, if you have something similar like a POD, you will have no problem to get a good sounding guitar. If not, you can use the Amp simulation from GarageBand, which is not great, but often better as to use a mic to record your amp. If you need some help for GB, let me know, what gear you have by now.Click to view attachmentVideo:
1. If you use the internal webcam and record with iMovie, the video is automatically in your iMovie Event Library (A1).
2. If you use an external Camera (i use now a normal, Sony photo camera), then you have to import the movie file and it will appear in your Event Library (A1). I think it's the better solution, as recording both (Audio/GB, Video/iMovie) at the same time, the video quality is going down and get blurry, missing frames, etc.
- On the screen (A2) you can see the complete video file. I played this take a few times in a raw, but i wanted to use only the last take (orange line on video). You click and drag over the part you want to use. You have an realtime few on the top right corner.
- create a new project with the plus button (B1)
- drag the selected video sequence (A2) in the project view (B2)
- in C you can select the garageband file. The garage band file as to be published for iLife preview to be visible there. Garageband is asking you to do that when you close the GB file.
- drag the file C in the project window (B2) and it appears as a green bar (B4). You can drag this bar back and forth up to it is synchronized. If the drag steps are to large use B3.
- B5 you can use to turn off the audio of the video file.
- to synchronize, just click somewhere on the video and place the red time line marker and hit the space key. You can check in realtime if audio and video are well adjusted.
: I think for this process you don't need to see the wave forms, as to drag and check afterwards goes so fast, you quickly will find a match. With the help of B3 you easily will find the right spot while fine tuning. Helpful ToolsImport Video:
If you use an external camera and you can not import the video in iMovie, because the format is not supported. I use a small tool called "VisualHub", you can get it from HEREExport:
Just use the "share with iTunes" function from the top menu "share". In case you need another format at the end, use "VisualHub" again.
Seriously, i'm sure you will find your way in no time. Good luck !!