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
… 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'
… I want my photos to stay at 2 seconds.
measured from where? beginning of transition? middle? end?
there is - a lil' hidden - some pref, you should switch on, have a look:
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
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!!!
… 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