4 Replies Latest reply: Jul 21, 2010 4:59 AM by John Cogdell
debcoo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I want to edit out about 14 seconds of the beginning of a song and
use it in imovie.
how do i do this?

Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • 1. Re: edit audio clip for imovie '09
    rrodby Level 2 Level 2 (335 points)
    there may be an easier way, but I use Garage Band on the song found in iTunes. then export it back to iTunes where you can access it for your movie

    roger
  • 2. Re: edit audio clip for imovie '09
    John Cogdell Level 5 Level 5 (4,595 points)
    Another way is to do it in iMovie. After dragging the full track into iMovie, simply drag the ends in to shorten the track to the section you want. Then reposition (by dragging) that section to the appropriate spot in your movie.

    Just to be clear - when you drag a song into iMovie, drop it onto a thumbnail (not the background) near the position you wish it to play. A green coloured bar will appear just below the thumbnails. This bar can be manipulated as described above.

    If you wish to fine tune, use the Clip Trimmer. Access this by clicking on the small gear icon at the beginning of the track. In the panel that opens select "Clip Trimmer" - a window opens showing the waveforms for the audio track. You can drag the yellow handles to highlight/select the piece you want to play. As you do this, you can view the associated video clip in the viewer at the top right of your screen.

    John
  • 3. Re: edit audio clip for imovie '09
    debcoo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    yes there is a better way rr -
    to use the clip trimmer as john mentions and which i found
    yesterday - it did the trick! thx all.
    john, why do you drag the tune onto a thumbnail?
    i think i just put it in the space between them.

    again
    thanks
  • 4. Re: edit audio clip for imovie '09
    John Cogdell Level 5 Level 5 (4,595 points)
    John, why do you drag the tune onto a thumbnail?
    i think i just put it in the space between them.

    Dragging onto a thumbnail is the only way it works for me. If I try to drag and drop into the space between clips it simply forces you to position the red marker at the very end of one clip or the beginning of the neighbouring clip. The space between clips is "no man's land" anyway - it's simply a division point between clips where transitions can be inserted.

    Glad the Clip Trimmer worked for you!

    John