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Voice recording problem i iMovie

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Sigrunfg Calculating status...
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Apr 14, 2013 7:36 AM

I have a problem with voice comments in i Movie. It worked. Then it suddenly doesn't. The recording seems to work. But when I play it afterwords there is no sound. The strange thing is that I have managed it, in the same movie. So when I play the first part there is a sound, and when I come to the latter part there isn't a sound. Without me changing anything. What can be wrong?

iMovie '11, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3)
  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (18,920 points)
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    Apr 14, 2013 7:50 AM (in response to Sigrunfg)

    Hi

     

    Is the material (Video and Photos) exactly the same Video-Codec resp. photo file format ?

     

    How is the audio created ? Directly in iMovie or from other source ?

    • I do all my Audio - by external device as a miniDV tape Camera or a ZOOM H4n

    • and ONLY in .aiff (16-bit) 48kHz or from Audio-CD still .aiff but 44.1kHz

     

    All other audio is converted to this

     

    I do not

    • use any .mp3 - (all converted to .aiff)

    • Not directly from iTunes - all out on Audio-CD and as .aiff - first then these files are used

     

    Yours Bengt W

  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (18,920 points)
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    Apr 15, 2013 12:07 AM (in response to Sigrunfg)

    Yes

     

    Should work - only saying that I don't use this way - but it should be OK

     

    If it doesn't work I would guess that

     

    • Video / Photo where the Voice is added to is not really working - or -

     

    • that free space on Main Start-Up (Mac OS) Hard Disk is filling up

    (I never go less than 25GB)

     

    • or that iMovie pref file got corrupted - trash it and see if it helps (easy to get this problem by Panic/Forced Halts)

     

    Yours Bengt W

  • John Cogdell Level 5 Level 5 (4,595 points)
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    Apr 15, 2013 1:00 AM (in response to Sigrunfg)

    This muted voiceover problem has been reported on a number of occasions in the forum. I think it was also a problem for some users of iMovie '09.

     

    Try this - In Finder, locate your project in your Home folder Movies > iMovie Projects (or at the top level folders in an external drive). Right-click (or Control-click) on the project name and select Show Package Contents from the pop-up menu. In the package you should see your voiceovers - they will be named Voiceover Recording.caf (probably with a number in the name).

     

    Copy then Paste the voiceovers to your Desktop. Open them separately in QuickTime Player then export using "File > Export To > iTunes". The files will be converted to a different format, depending on your iTunes import settings (mine convert to AAC format). Once converted they will appear in your iTunes Library.

     

    Now you can drag the voiceovers to the project timeline from the iTunes section of iMovie's Music Browser. Hopefully, the voiceovers will now play correctly.

     

    John

    MacBook Pro (15-inch Late 2008), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3), Sony HDR-SR7 & DCR-TRV20E
  • John Cogdell Level 5 Level 5 (4,595 points)
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    Apr 21, 2013 5:30 AM (in response to Sigrunfg)

    My QuickTime Player is version 10.2 (QuickTime X). Here is a screenshot of what I'm seeing:

     

    QuickTime Export.png

     

    When you click on "Export To" you should see the sub menu items. Mine shows Web, iTunes and iMovie (although Web and iMovie are greyed out/inactive).

     

    And yes, you can do some editing. In QuickTime Player X, click on Edit > Trim in the menu. The audio waveform will appear in the lower section of the player window. It will be encased in a yellow border, with trim handles at each end. Drag the handles inwards to the desired position, then click on Trim at the right hand side of the player (otherwise click on Cancel on the left hand side).

     

    John

    MacBook Pro (15-inch Late 2008), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3), Sony HDR-SR7 & DCR-TRV20E
  • John Cogdell Level 5 Level 5 (4,595 points)
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    Apr 21, 2013 5:59 AM (in response to John Cogdell)

    Hi again Sigrun,

     

    If you are still unable to see the Export to iTunes option, an alternative is to simply export the file from QuickTime. Choose File > Export from the menu. For Format choose "Audio Only". The file will be exported as a .m4a audio file. Save it to the Desktop then import it to iTunes.

     

    The reason I've suggested importing to iTunes is that you are unlikely to move it from that location. So, iMovie will be able to keep track of it if you drag it from the Music Browser to the project timeline. If you import it to iMovie directly from, say, the Desktop there is a danger that you may move it from the Desktop at some stage. iMovie may not then be able to find it (the link will be lost).

     

    John

     

    Message was edited by: John Cogdell

    MacBook Pro (15-inch Late 2008), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3), Sony HDR-SR7 & DCR-TRV20E

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