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How to keep part of iMovie project and music fixed?

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tolyra Calculating status...
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Jun 20, 2013 5:23 AM

I am working on a personal project in iMovie to which I've already added the music and (unedited) video clips. I've yet to properly order the clips and shorten them, add transitional frames, etc; however, I once played it all the way through and discovered that one particular clip worked perfectly with the part of the song that just happened to be playing at the time. It was an accidental discovery and now that I actually have to edit the clips and such, the order and synchronisation will of course be altered. Is there a way of attaching a certain clip/part of the project with that part of the song so that it will remain fixed regardless of the changes I make to the other clips?

iMovie '11, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4)
  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (18,920 points)
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    Jun 21, 2013 11:12 PM (in response to tolyra)



    A. You (or at least I) can't do that.


    No version of iMovie has the ability to FIRST fix Audio in Time. They all orient from the Video/Photos in TimeLine.


    B. One can do it - way of. By using photos or video-clips as Stand in to reserve place in TimeLine then later replace them with the right (proper) material. Tedious and cumbersome and need of taking precise notes of clip time (hours.minutes.seconds.frames - as (


    C. All versions of Final Cut has this ability to set up a TimeLine first then add Audio and Video and texts and effects in the order it makes sense to You. I love it.


    Yours Bengt W

  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,465 points)
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    Jun 22, 2013 1:52 AM (in response to tolyra)

    hmmm … well, Bengt, you can … somehow!


    it's not as simple as in FCPX, where you use an audio-track as 'main' storyline and apply your clips. You are correct, you can not do that in iM11 … but you can work with a 'dummy', here's how:


    Step #1:



    I add a color-generator (grey) to my Project.

    Add the music as Background Music

    Adjust length of Grey to length of music



    Step #2



    click on tiny 'gear' symbol of the music track, open the clip-trimmer

    add beat-marks:



    Step #3



    I do that while listening to music and hit the key M; or, select from 'Clip/Add Beat Marker'; or, drag tiny 'note' symbol onto audio

    => this splits my grey place-holder into pieces



    Step #4.1



    now, closing the clip trimmer, back in my project, I select a video LONGER than the portion I will replace

    drag onto the portion, choose 'replace'

    => iMovie cares for the correct length! And, replaces the small grey clip with some video

    repeat steps for other portions …


    Step #4.2

    in case, you missed the correct part, click again on the tiny gear symbol of the video clip, open the clip trimmer:




    just drag the yellow box to another position ....




    this isn't 'pro', but an option.

    description sounds more complicated than in real life - just try

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
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    Jun 22, 2013 7:10 PM (in response to tolyra)

    Another way to think about this is to drag your music clip onto the clip where you want it to be anchored. It will stay there. Now you can drag the ciip left or right to line up the right music with the clip, but the anchor point will stay with the clip where you dropped it. Adding another clip will not change this, but if you move the clip that is attached to the music, the music will follow it.


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