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Setting still photo durations?

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I am making an iMovie that is mostly still photos with audio added, interspersed with some video clips, using the audio on the vldeo clips.  I have some picture-in-picture in the still photos as well.  I want to be able to set specific durations for each photo.  Most of them are going to be the same, but some are not, for reasons of synching with particular points in the audio.  When creating the project, I added all the photos first, then the video clips, then the transitions.  Some sections of photos don't have transitions between them, because this is how I want it.  When I added the transitions, the duration of each still photo was reduced to maintain the overall project duration.  I don't want this.  How can I turn this off? Even though it is quite arduous and perhaps looks dumb, I really want to go into over 300 still photos individually and set a specific duration.  Can I do this?   I should be able to set it in the inspector, but when I try, the duration does not get set.  For example, I have a still photo that shows a duration of 4.4s.  I go into the inspector and set it to 4.0s, I hit enter, I click done, my photo is still 4.4s.  I understand my changes will affect the overall project duration - I can deal with that.  I think iMovie is trying to help me, but this is not helpful.  Can I override this behavior?

iMovie '11, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
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    Jan 21, 2013 8:00 PM (in response to LMM53)

    Read "To set how much transitions overlap with selected clips."

  • John Cogdell Level 5 Level 5 (4,595 points)
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    Jan 25, 2013 3:04 AM (in response to LMM53)

    Setting the duration of stills in iMovie can be challenging in some circumstances, as you've already noted from your reading of other posts in the forum.


    The solution I've used, after adding transitions then trying to re-adjust the stills duration, is to firstly change the duration to a time a little higher than that required (using the Inspector). Now click on the still so that it is highlighted with a yellow border. Drag one of the clip handles inwards. As you do this you will see a time display showing the adjusted duration, in steps of single frames. When you reach the required duration, stop dragging. Now right-click (or Control-click) on the still within the yellow border and select Trim to Selection from the pop-up menu. That will set the new duration for the still, but will not affect the transition duration (unless of course you've shortened the still beyond what is needed for the transition to work).


    Trim to Selection can also be selected from the menu item Clip > Trim to Selection. The keyboard shortcut is Command-B.


    Hope this helps!




    Message was edited by: John Cogdell

    MacBook Pro (15-inch Late 2008), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), Sony HDR-SR7 & DCR-TRV20E


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