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1036 Views 10 Replies Latest reply: Jan 8, 2008 6:03 PM by ..Peace bro!
I just finished a nearly 2 hr movie with iM6, with 25 chapter markers, created a disk image. It plays fine and the markers seem to be just where I put them. I knew from reading these discussions that markers might get off by as many as five seconds, but I did not find that in my movie. I have about 6 other iMovies in the works, so I will get to see how they work with chapter markers.
You didn't put the markers on or within 2 seconds of transitions, right?iMac 24" Intel, 2GB RAM, 320GB; iMac FP 1.25GB RAM, 3 ext drives: LaCie, WD, Mac OS X (10.4.10), iLIfe 08, iMovie 6.0.4
Currently Being ModeratedOct 8, 2007 8:22 PM (in response to Beverly Maneatis)Yes the markers were right on the transitions. Why? That's where they need to be, because I put a title on each section at that point, and I want the chapter to got to where the title is. That's the way I've always done it.Dual 2 GHz PowerPC G5, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
The cardinal 'rules' of chapter markers (taken from many users' experiences):
1. No markers at the beginning of the movie. (iDVD makes a 'beginning' marker automatically)
2. No markers within 2 seconds of the beginning or end of the movie.
3. No markers on or within 2 seconds of any transition.
If you want to put the chapter markers directly on the transitions, export your movie as QuickTime Full Quality. (You will need enough free space as this will essentially duplicate your movie). I usually save my quicktime versions to the desktop. Then, open a new iMovie and drag the quicktime movie into its timeline. You now have a long clip of the entire movie. You can just drag the playhead to wherever you want a chapter marker to be because the transitions/titles are incorporated into the movie and are not standing by themselves. It is especially easy to do if you have the first movie open to see approximately where you wanted the markers to go. When you are finished placing your chapter markers, close iMovie.
Open iDVD and either make a new project or delete the old one. Find this new quicktime iMovie in the Media tab and drag it into iDVD. Finish editing, burn a disk image and see if the markers are now correctly placed.
You still may find that they are a few seconds off if the movie is long. That is what others have reported. As I said, mine seemed fine, but I was not trying to be exact to the second. I will see how my other movies do with the markers when need them to be more accurately placed.iMac 24" Intel, 2GB RAM, 320GB; iMac FP 1.25GB RAM, 3 ext drives: LaCie, WD, Mac OS X (10.4.10), iLIfe 08, iMovie 6.0.4
Currently Being ModeratedOct 9, 2007 6:02 PM (in response to Beverly Maneatis)Sounds pretty complicated and uneccessary, when older versions of the software did this fine. I've been using this process for years on idvd 06 & older with never a problem. This is like the kinds of solutions people were giving me for dealing with imovie 08's lack of chapters (importing it into garage band to add chapters). If their new software is this bad, I'll just use my other mac that still has the older versions that work correctly, rather than jumping through hoops to do something as basic as getting a chaper marker to stay where you put it.
Sorry to be crabby, I know you were just offering a solution, but I have been trying to burn this movie for 2 weeks, and just keep running into one problem after another with 08, when it was always a smooth process before.Dual 2 GHz PowerPC G5, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
Make sure to install the updates that were posted about a week ago. They fixed all the iLife issues I was having, INCLUDING the same chapter marker problem you describe.
Message was edited by: David Yellen20" Intel Imac / 15" Aluminum Powerbook, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
The 'Chapter Marker Rules' have been touted here for at least the past 3 versions of iMovie; starting with version 4.
I burned my DVD with the latest iDVD version and the markers are ok so maybe that fixed the delay problem, but you risk having burn failures if the markers are not placed properly.
That said, I have had successful burns with markers nearer than 2 seconds from the transitions, but I have not tried it directly on them since having a failure at it with v 4.iMac 24" Intel, 2GB RAM, 320GB; iMac FP 1.25GB RAM, 3 ext drives: LaCie, WD, Mac OS X (10.4.10), iLIfe 08, iMovie 6.0.4
Currently Being ModeratedJan 8, 2008 6:03 PM (in response to Beverly Maneatis)Rather than exporting a Quicktime Full Quality it'd be OK (with FCE) to export as a self contained movie wouldn't it?
peteiMac G5 2GHz w/ 1.5 Gb Ram, Mac OS X (10.4.6), also run an eMac 1.25G & an ageing 733 G4 Quicksilver (not so quick nowadays)