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2375 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Jan 18, 2008 8:15 AM by Rich839
Currently Being ModeratedJan 14, 2008 7:19 AM (in response to Greg in London)There are lots of ways to sync photos with your music. Here's the way I do it.
In the timeline, drag your photos in at 5 seconds duration. (That duration is just easy to work with.) Drag your audio clip into one of the audio tracks. Then start your playback. As the audio is playing, hold down the apple key in the lower left portion of your keyboard, and tap on the "b" key in time to the music, wherever you think you might want a transition. Each time you tap, a little green diamond will be inserted just above the video track. After you have finished tapping out the rhythm, take your cursor and adjust the length of each photo to match up with the green diamonds. If you later make changes, such as removing a photo, you will need to readjust the length of the photos that follow it, again to match the diamonds. You can always redo the placement of the diamonds if you don't like the first arrangement. Or, you can run a photo for the duration of two or more diamonds. Once you have everything synced, lock your audio track to the first photo, using the Advanced Menu. That will at least roughly lock your audio to that particular run of slides, but it's not precise.
Syncing music with video clips is a manual procedure, and takes a little time. Sometimes in the course of editing, things get out of sync. You just have to make adjustments. No way to avoid it.
Another way, less precise, is to create your slide show in iPhoto, using the Fit Music to Slideshow option. Then you export it (File/Export) to your desk top as a Quicktime movie, and drag the slideshow movie into your iMovie project.
Others on this forum probably have other ways to do the syncing. See what best fits your workflow pattern.G5
Currently Being ModeratedJan 15, 2008 2:35 PM (in response to Rich839)Thanks - I'll give that a goMac Book, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
Currently Being ModeratedJan 16, 2008 12:55 PM (in response to Greg in London)Spectacular answer - thank you. The difference in the PITA factor is palpable.
This project has gone from being a chore back to being a joy again.
Thanks.Mac Book, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
Currently Being ModeratedJan 16, 2008 12:57 PM (in response to Greg in London)Having that Apple Key - B set of markers on good transition beats made all the difference.
-Almost makes me not want to upgrade to iLife 08 since you lose the visual music timeline and with it the ability to use your suggestion!
Currently Being ModeratedJan 16, 2008 2:24 PM (in response to Rich839)HI Rich.
I have another synching question for you:
If I follow your advice (which was great) and mark out my sequences with bookmarks and shift my picture boundaries to line up. Works perfectly.
However: One of my sequences has cross-dissolve transitions between the photos. If I take a nicely timed photo & music sequence and add the transitions, the timing of all of it changes drastically.
Further, if I try to put in the transitions first and do the timing afterwards, that doesn't seem to work. Once the transitions are in, I don't seem to be able to drag to stretch and compress the picture to match the timing bookmarks.
Your advice for setting the timing of naked pictures to my music was spot on and perfect. Do you have any advice for handling pictures and transitions?
GregMac Book, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
Currently Being ModeratedJan 16, 2008 3:03 PM (in response to Greg in London)Use Overlap instead of Cross-dissolve. The Overlap transition won't vary the length of the time line, and it looks very similar to Cross-dissolve. So, you can set your markers with the naked pictures, and then afterwards add the Overlap transition to the string of photos, and that should still keep your sync. All of the other transitions, except Fade in and Fade out will eat into each video clip and shorten your time line. Like you have noticed, that throws things out of snyc.
When you use transitions other than Overlap, you will have to manually adjust by ear, as far as I know. Tedious, but do-able. Set your photo durations ahead of time as close as you can to the music beat. You might be able to figure durations mathematically, computing how much that each transition will shorten your clips, and set your markers that way.G5
Currently Being ModeratedJan 17, 2008 3:55 PM (in response to Rich839)well done a second time.
you don't happen to know if this ability to visually synch to the beat disappears in '08, do you?Mac Book, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
Currently Being ModeratedJan 18, 2008 8:15 AM (in response to Greg in London)I don't have iMovie '08, so I don't know the answer to that question. You might want to post it on the iMovie '08 forum. You want to know if you can hold down the Apple key and tap the "b" key to set markers on the time line.
Generally, editing is very limited in '08 compared to iM6. But owners of '08 can download for free iMovie 6.0.4, which I believe has the same features as iM6.0.3.
But if you decide to buy iMovie '08, I suggest that you save a copy of your old iM6.0.3 on a separate drive. There have been problems with trying to revert back to the old iM6 after downloading iMovie '08. Apparently some of the file extensions are different, particularly with the iLife Sound Effects.G5