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acmac Level 1 (10 points)
Hello out there.

Is there anyone else out there having issues trying to get the durations of photos and transitions right in IMovie 11.

When ever i add a selection of photos and then add a transition i try to set the photos to 5 secs it sets it to something else like 4.2 secs. If i remove transitions it will set to 5 secs.

Any ideas.

Mac Book Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.2), Its very shinny
  • Daniel Slagle Level 7 (22,415 points)
    A transition uses frames from both sections for a 1 second transition of 30 FPS video it would grab 15 frames from each side of the transition so each clip would be 3:15

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  • acmac Level 1 (10 points)
    On IMovie 10 i just set the photos to import with a 5 sec duration and the transition to 1.2 sec and it sorted itself out and these are the setting i have in properties.

    Why will IMovie 11 not do this and alter the duration of the photos?

  • John Cogdell Level 5 (4,605 points)
    In iMovie '11 after adding a transition, click on the gear icon (cogwheel) under the transition and select Transition Adjustments. In the Inspector that opens you will see an option labelled "Overlap". The selections are "All-Maintain Clip Range" and "Half-Maintain Project Duration". Alternate with these settings to see what the effect is. I haven't done this myself but will test shortly and report back (been interrupted). It may be the answer you are looking for!

  • Daniel Slagle Level 7 (22,415 points)
    mmm not sure there but.... I know you can click a still, bring up the inspector and adjust the time for the still. On that same panel you can also adjust the duration for every still in the project. So all would be say 5:00. The same goes for the transition. Using the clip inspector on the transition adjust the duration then apply that timing to all transitions in the project.

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  • John Cogdell Level 5 (4,605 points)
    With 2 clips of 6 seconds each, adding a Cross Dissolve of 1 second will result in 2 clips each of 5 seconds plus the Cross Dissolve of 1 second - when the option is set to "All-Maintain Clip Range". So the overall length reduces by the duration of the Cross Dissolve (original 12 seconds; new 11 seconds).

    When the option is changed to Half-Maintain Project Duration, the new length become 2 clips at 5:13 each plus transition of 24 frames (I'm using PAL 25fps). This totals 12 seconds - the same total duration as the original 2 clips before adding the transition.

    Be careful though - try it on a test project. I've found that once you change the option in a project, the option then becomes greyed out.

  • acmac Level 1 (10 points)
    Thanks for all you help but dont seem to be able to resolve the issue im afraid. This is what i am doing.

    Step 1: Adding 5 secs of video. no problem.
    2: Adding another 5 secs of video. no problem
    3: Adding 3 or 4 photos and then another 5 secs of video. no problem
    4: Adding cross dissolve transitions to 1sec after every clip of VIDEO. no problem
    5: Adding the same transition in between photos. Problem... Transition appears as 0.9sec and photo duration increase to 5.5 secs. I try and change it back but it wont (well it changes the duration to 5.4secs)... If i change the transitions setting to half the same thing happens.

    I hope someone can come up with solution as its driving me crazy. I have re-installed imovie with no joy.


  • WarmWind Level 1 (0 points)
    I have had the same problem and I also find it frustrating.

    My workaround is once I get the duration set on either a photo or transition, I simply copy-paste it.

    Works for me so far.
  • Sirota Level 1 (0 points)
    I am struggling with the same issue. Nothing I've tried made a difference and it is very frustrating. However, if I find anything I will most certainly let you know.
  • fideli06 Level 1 (0 points)
    I too am having this problem and have found no resolution.
  • NataliyaK Level 1 (0 points)

    I am having this same problem and its very annoying. I can not chage transition overlap, transition time and clip time. No matter what I do it sets all my clips to random wierd timing, like 4.2s when I asked for 5s,  and I can not figure why.

  • acmac Level 1 (10 points)

    Maybe Apple would like to address this issue or dare i say it are they becoming a little bit microsofty?

  • Patricia Bunyard Level 1 (5 points)

    Has this issue ever been resolved? I am frustrated with iMovie's inability to allow me to maintain my clip durations when adding transitions. What gives? I see no workaround for this. Not that we should have to work around it. I want to be able to set my clips and videos, transitions and timing to my choosing, not iMovie automatically deciding a clip's timing.

  • acmac Level 1 (10 points)

    Im afraid apple have not solved this problem with imovie and i cant think why they wont.

  • Katie 'OConnell Level 1 (25 points)

    I'm also struggling with this issue and what's worse is that the transition times seem to change on-the-fly from time to time! That is, often when I set a transiton for, let's say 1.5 seconds then add a clip for 8 seconds, all seems well. Unfortunately, as soon as I add another element (photo or video) that 1.5-secon transition suddenly reads "1.2" seconds ... and I notice that the text is in YELLOW rather than in white, like some other transitions.


    I've played around with all the different settings and swapped things out yet nothing makes sense. In a way, I'm heartened to see that others are running into the same prob cuz I was thinking that I'm just not understanding how transitions work.


    Previously used iMovie as part of ILife 9 and it didn't seem to be this unstable.

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