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Why can't I import sound with video into iMovie from digital camera?

1924 Views 12 Replies Latest reply: Dec 18, 2007 6:39 PM by dsuryk RSS
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This is disturbing. I have a digital video camera that took great video + sound. I import into iMovie (using my DV cable that came with the camera) and get video but no sound.

Now, in the past the sound came in, but no longer. Any and all advise is requested. I have to make number videos of lectures starting Wednesday evening and have to be able to provide video with audio.

Thanks.
12" powerbook G4, Mac OS X (10.4.6), panosonic PV-GS14 camera
  • mishmumken Level 5 Level 5 (4,000 points)
    Hello dsuryk

    your problem might be related to the mike and not to the software. in order to clarify this, try connecting the camera to your TV via A/V cable and check the sound - if it's there your problem might be software related.
    in this case, check what software changes you have made recently.

    hope it helps & viva la mela
    iBook14', Mac OS X (10.3.9)
  • Lennart Thelander Level 8 Level 8 (38,220 points)
    But tech support thinks the iMovie HD is unable to place the sound track made from an external mic in the right location for iMovie HD to handle. iMovie HD is very picky on what it can handle, I was told. He suggested that my use of an external mic was 'professional' and iMovie HD was not designed for professional use but home use. Ack! How professional is an external mic in a video camera?!


    OK, did you record the audio 16-bit or 12-bit? In the latter case, the audio from the external mic may wind up on the track that iMovie doesn't use.

    You should always use 16-bit audio.
    iMac 17 FP G4 800MHz, iBook 14 G4 1.42GHz, Mac OS X (10.4.6), 768MB RAM, 80GB + 160GB FW drives
  • Karl Petersen Level 6 Level 6 (15,170 points)
    He suggested that my use of an external mic was
    'professional' and iMovie HD was not designed for
    professional use but home use.


    I wouldn't put much stock in that analysis.

    Try importing video shot with the camera's internal microphone. If that doesn't work either, the mic is not the problem.

    Creating a new user is a good idea. There may be third-party software installed that is messing up iMovie with you as the user.

    http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=1852869#1852869

    Karl
    Dual 1 GHz G4, Mac OS X (10.4.6), Sony TRV 900, HDTV, Cinema Display
  • Lennart Thelander Level 8 Level 8 (38,220 points)
    Using 12-bit audio may cause audio out of sync problems. Always record with 16-bit audio.
    iMac 17 FP G4 800MHz, iBook 14 G4 1.42GHz, Mac OS X (10.4.6), 768MB RAM, 80GB + 160GB FW drives

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