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Audio disappears in iMovie '11 --why oh why?

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Jun 11, 2013 6:47 PM

working on a movie for days and days.

movie is about 20 minutes long.

it's got a lot of transitions & slow motion speeds.


i waste a great deal of time with the audio.

on most of the clips, i use the audio from within the clip.

i additionally add some audio that was detached from the source/Events footage.


i added a voiceover and suddenly all the audio disappeared.


it still shows up visibly in the Project. -- the purple bars beneath the clips, and the show audio within the clips themselves. i can see the peaks and valleys.


i can see that it's there in the little audio monitor that's visible on the screen below the Project editing. when i play back the Project, it shows green/yellow/red bars as the audio "plays" somewhere inside iMovie's little world. but it won't let me hear that audio.


the sound is still *there* somewhere.


i've tried exporting / Sharing in Quicktime, media browser, and to iDVD, but the sound doesn't show up. all the tracks are soundless.


i have, of course, looked at the audio edit inspector on a sampling of the clips, and nothing is wrong in there. the volume is up to an appropriate level, ducking isn't clicked, etc.


i'm on Snow Leopard 10.6.8, a desktop iMac Intel duo, and the like.


due to my new experiences with a zillion *other* buggy behaviors in iMovie in the last few weeks, i have already: trashed the preferences, reinstalled iMovie, manually moved my project files out of the "iMovie Projects" folder and i only drag one back in when i am actively working on it (so iMovie doesn't try to have all the movies in memory at once... yes, this is a real thing! look it up. i couldn't believe it.), run disk first aid, backed everything up, exported using every possible setting i can find and basically executed every maneuver you can find on Apple Support and about 5 other websites. i have probably tried everything except flinging the entire thing out the window, which is on my list.


any help would be appreciated.

iMovie '11, Mac OS X (10.6.8)


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