4 Replies Latest reply: Nov 18, 2012 10:29 PM by Karsten Schlüter
dlmsjdavidson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have iMovie 11

 

I'm having three problems:

 

I have a 16 minute long "movie" with video and photo clips.  It will consist of about 4 songs.

This is for my daughters soccer team and I need help ASAP!!  PLEASE!!

 

Problem #1

I spent a lot of time editing the photos.  Clipping, Ken Burns etc.

The changes did not (auto) save. It saved for a while, then I was playing around with the audio track.

I also hi lited all the photos and changed them all to 2 seconds??  Not sure if any of those reverted the photos back to original.

 

Problem #2

I used to use Pinnacle Studio and you could "lock" your audio track and/or Video track so that any changes you made in your video wouldn't follow your audio or visa versa etc.  Or you could lock everything just as it is in a track.

 

Problem #3

I want my photos to stay at 2 seconds.

If I add a transition it changes the length of the photo clip by a lot.

i.e. a 2 second photo clip with a simple fade transition makes the photo now 5-8 seconds?

Would the fix for that be make the photos 1 second or something.

I wish I could change them all to 2 seconds.  Lock the photo clips so that no matter what else I do, they will NOT change.

 

THANKS FOR ANY HELP!

 

Lisa


iMovie '11, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • 1. Re: iMovie 11
    Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (19,160 points)

    Hi

     

    So You are also well at home in how the Video editing programs use to work (and always done, and to most of us completely logical). This has changed at Apple from iMovie'08 and now FinalCut Pro-X.

     

    And this new way to work - doesn't work for me either. So the only option on the Mac platform as I know of is Adobe Premiere / Pro. And this has never worked with 100% stability as FinalCut Pro (prior to Pro-X) use to do.

     

    So I'm using

    • iMovie HD6 - where Save function works as imagined - still transitions un-orthodox and part of Audio editing. Yes You can Lock to Clip - BUT not to TimeLine

    • FinalCut Express 4 and FinalCut Pro 6 - Where everything works as tradition bids.

     

    BUT - NON of them can be bought new any more and even not certainly to work on Mac OS X.8 (7?)

     

    So one is in reality left out in the Cold ! - Wonder what they will do to Audio. The thing that made Apple/Mac taking of was the tools reg. Typography and picture works. And they was lost more or less just a bit back in time e.g. PageMaker etc. So I've fears. Still that's not supposed to be discussed here.

     

    Your - Not Happy - and wishing to be of more help than this - Bengt W

  • 2. Re: iMovie 11
    Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,885 points)

    dlmsjdavidson wrote:

    … I'm having three problems:

    a) you should get familiar with the new (since '08 …) concept of iMovie - it is NOT Pinnacle, is has NO tracks etc.

    a good start, spend an hour watching and reading: http://help.apple.com/imovie/ (yes, there is a manual )

     

     

    b) Aaron wrote an excellent tutorial about 'editing to the beat'

    http://unlockingimovie.blogspot.de/2009/02/how-to-edit-to-beat.html

     

    c) …

    dlmsjdavidson wrote:

    …  I want my photos to stay at 2 seconds.

    measured from where? beginning of transition? middle? end?

     

    im from.jpg

     

    there is - a lil' hidden - some pref, you should switch on, have a look:

     

    im clip duration.jpg

     

    a transition needs 'beef' - therefor two options: use the selected clip's material; or, use the clip's following/before material (what professional tools do, but is less convenient/you have to keep that in mind WHILE recording)

     

    hope, that helps ....

     

    PS: some grumpy comment: 'iMovie' is no good topic title at a board, which is all about that … get a lil' more descriptive next time

  • 3. Re: iMovie 11
    dlmsjdavidson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you....your replies helped a lot.

     

    Re:Grumpy comment.  I totally agree..sorry!

     

    I will try the suggestion.  Do you have a quick tip on amking sure iMovie saves everything I've done to a photo clip?   i.e. I spend hour putting the Ken Burns effect on to a bunch of photos, then BOOM, I made some small changes (changed duration of photo, I may have moved them) and all the Ken Burns, cropping editing was gone.

     

    Before I go in and start editing them again, is there something I should do to be sure the changes stick?

     

    I will watch the tutorials.

     

    REALLY REALLY APPRECIATE THE HELP!!!  

  • 4. Re: iMovie 11
    Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,885 points)

    dlmsjdavidson wrote:

    … spend hour putting the Ken Burns effect on to a bunch of photos, then BOOM, I made some small changes (changed duration of photo, I may have moved them) and all the Ken Burns, cropping editing was gone. …

    usually, a KB-effect is applied to a single clip/photo.

    any changes before or after that, e.g. erasing other material, has no effect on that.

     

    so, hard to tell from remote, what you have REALLY done …

     

    if you notice instantly "oops!", the magic key-combo is cmd-z - which erases the last 'step' (in any application). many apps support a multiple cmd-z.

     

    sorry for being grumpy again - but sometimes, a good re-start-from-zero is better than an endless fixin'-a-lot ...

     

    I learned it often the hard way too (I once dared to switch, for a Wedding Movie, what else, from iMovie6 straight to a professional tool - three months later the whole Project went 'infixable' into the trashbin), and it sounds a bit sarkastic, but on 2nd (3rd ...) try, you do it much faster