13 Replies Latest reply: Aug 23, 2010 9:03 AM by Matthew Morgan
soupyjnr08 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
Hello

Basicly I am a singer songwriter and have recently starting recording myself singing and using iMovie to record and Garageband to record me singing and putting the backing track in. I have no problem importing the Garageband file into iMovie, however I cant find how to make them go in sync - for example when I start singing in the Garageband file isnt when I start singing in the iMovie video.

Anybody know how to fix this or what to do?

Thank you in advance.
  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (19,450 points)
    Hi

    I Import/Captur in iMovie then export out (via QT-expert mode) as .aiff

    this I adjust in any Audio-editor eg Audacity - then re-import into iMovie without any sync problems.

    Are Your Camera set to record in 16-bit (it should) - if 12-bit severe sync problem arises.

    Audio I use are
    • 16-bit 48kHz .aiff (from Camera) - or
    • Audio-CD 44.1kHz

    NO .mp3, .avi, .wma or any other strange audio formats.

    also - Cheque what GarageBand is set to use.

    Yours Bengt W
  • John Cogdell Level 5 Level 5 (4,605 points)
    when I start singing in the Garageband file isnt when I start singing in the iMovie video

    You can move the "voiceover" audio track back and forth in iMovie. You can also trim bits off the start and end.

    When you import from GarageBand, instead of dropping the track onto iMovie's background area, drop it onto a frame of video. The track will then appear as a ribbon (narrow bar) below the video thumbnails. This ribbon can be moved (by clicking and dragging) and edited. One way to edit is to use the Clip Trimmer. Click on the small gear icon at the start of the track and select "Clip Trimmer" - a window will open showing the audio waveforms. As you skim over the waveforms (or drag the ends) you will see the corresponding video move in the Viewer.

    With a bit of playing around, you should be able to line things up nicely.

    Oops, just noticed you are in iMovie '08 - not sure if the Clip Trimmer was included in that version. In any event, you can still trim the ends by dragging them in the main Projects window.

    John

    Message was edited by: John Cogdell - added Oops
  • soupyjnr08 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Thank you both for your replies...

    The problem I have is I listen to the backing track through my headphones, so I cant even hear when the backing track of anything starts...
  • John Cogdell Level 5 Level 5 (4,605 points)
    Sorry soupyjnr08 - I'm having trouble following you. Can you explain more fully what you are seeing/doing in iMovie. Are you seeing the backing track in iMovie (like the ribbon under the video that I described)? Is there another audio track visible in iMovie (such as you singing)? What track did you import from GarageBand? I'm a little confused - sorry!

    John
  • Matthew Morgan Level 7 Level 7 (22,595 points)
    There are two approaches to take.

    One is the technique used to make most music videos - lip-synching.

    The first step is to record your music track.

    Then shoot video of yourself lip synching to a playback of your song.

    Now you should be able to replace the audio in your video with your music track.

    The second approach is to record your video, complete your editing in iMove and then send your completed movie to GarageBand and finish your audio work.

    Matt
  • soupyjnr08 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Sorry - I didn't think I explained it well!

    OK Basicly - I download a backing track. I place the backing track into Garageband, and then I add another line in which is a Real Instrumnet Track which is for my microphone. I record vocals grand in Garageband, however I also use iMovie to visually record me singing it. But obvieoulsy I cant start the two recording at the same time - so when I move the completed Garageband file into iMovie, its all out of sync.

    I hope this makes more sense lol let me know if it doesn't

    Thanks for your help so far
  • Matthew Morgan Level 7 Level 7 (22,595 points)
    I hope this makes more sense lol let me know if it doesn't


    Yes, it makes perfect sense.

    You're going to have to find a way of recording your video and audio separately and then joining them together when you're done.

    If you don't mind seeing yourself singing with headphones on in your video you could try playing your backing track through headphones while you shoot your video recording to camera.

    Then you can then move the video into Garageband and you should be able to synch it up.

    Ideally you want finished and locked picture before you do a final audio mix.

    The other option, is the music video approach I described in my other post.

    Matt
  • soupyjnr08 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Hi Matthew - cheers for that

    Yeah I use headphones to hear myself using Garageband's 'Monitor' option - so should I just record myself singing in Garageband, record me visually in iMovie, add the Garageband file into iMovie and then try and sync them up?
  • Matthew Morgan Level 7 Level 7 (22,595 points)
    Or import your video from iMovie to GarageBand and finish your audio work there.

    As I said before, final polishing of your audio should be the last step in your post production process, and that's a lot easier in GarageBand.

    Matt
  • soupyjnr08 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    OK Thanks Matt

    I am off to bed now I will definatley try that tomorrow - thank you very much for your help.. Really appreciate it
  • Matthew Morgan Level 7 Level 7 (22,595 points)
    Your welcome, happy to help.

    Post back and let us know how it goes.

    Matt
  • soupyjnr08 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Hello

    I am still having trouble! Its very annoying! Do you know anywhere with videos or anything to show me how to do it? Its just not syncing up!
  • Matthew Morgan Level 7 Level 7 (22,595 points)
    I am still having trouble!


    What I've described should work in theory.

    However, it's quite possible that you are going to have to do some tweaking to keep synch.

    Matt