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  • graphitti Level 1 (0 points)
    This has been frustrating. The audio is not as good as the old iMovie. I tweak the audio but it always go back to the original. It doesn’t save at all. Is there a way to fix or save audio corrections? Help! I’m ready to throw my out the window, too.
    I hit “done” too, then hit the finalize before something else happens. Yikes, it’s a time waster. First time I’m disappointed in apple.
  • graphitti Level 1 (0 points)
    Mine, too. It’s the audio causing me issues. It won’t save Audio Editing. It reverts back to the original. how do you fix this?
  • donwhine Level 1 (145 points)
    As stated before, I was able to apply all audio adjustments in detached audio or audio only inserts.
    Equalizer and Enhance are the only two that after adding a Transition or splitting the detached audio are not retained. My workaround so far as been working: edit my video first, then polish audio.
  • pismodude2 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm sorry but this is just ridiculous I have interviews to edit and the Enhance: "Remove Background Noise" doesn't save if I edit/move ANY other audio clips. Apple FIX THIS YOU'VE HAD MONTHS NOW COME ON
  • Deuz Augustine Level 1 (0 points)
    This seems to be the only fix.

    This is a really unacceptable bug. Every version of iMovie seems to have a game-breaking bug that never gets fixed.
  • crose90 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm also having this problem. I've gone through and fixed the audio at least ten times, but it never sticks. For me, it seems to only happen with the detached audio. Really frustrated and disappointed.


    Features iMovie should have:


    -a manual save button (for situations like this).

    -a means to simultaneously equalize/adjust the audio of an entire project.

    -copy/paste capabilities for all movie elements.


    But seriously, does anyone have a solution?

  • sailor Level 2 (240 points)

    This is SO amazing...that Apple would let this out the door with such an obvious least now I know that I don't have to slash my wrists - its not me after all...I'll have to deliver a less than optimized audio project though - NONE of my painstaking audio adjustments will stick. C'mon Apple...please do something to fix this program that seems to get worse with every release.


    Wow, just Wow.

  • donwhine Level 1 (145 points)

    @ sailor, could you please list the audio adjustments that are not working for you in detach audio and exactly what you do when you apply them?    The only two adjustments that appear to have this issue in detached audio or audio only from video clips are Equalize and Enhance for me. The workaround I found is to apply adjustments after editing/trimming/moving the detached audio, or after adding transitions.  In other words, I see that by simply adding one transition to project after I have applied Equalize and/or Enhance, those settings are not retained for detach audio or audio only foreground tracks.

  • sailor Level 2 (240 points)

    Don (if I may)...the adjustments that disappear are "reduce background noise" and the equalizer custom adjustments. My workflow at this point (main content, transitions, titles, bg music and voiceovers) are done and timed for the show. I began visiting each voiceover this morning, adjusting each track for the best reproduction. After completing this (18 clips), I made one final "Play" using full screen. When that was over, I notice that all of the equalizer and bg noise adjustments were if they had never been changed. After discovering this thread, I went back and re-did them all and immediately did a "Finalize Project", whatever that means. At this point I'm finishing up preparing the movie to hand off to first glance, it appears that MAYBE the changes held...not sure yet. I'm new to this forum and am not sure about what "detached audio" tracks are, but I assume they are audio streams that are NOT bg any case, that's MY sad story




  • donwhine Level 1 (145 points)


    Sorry to hear about your experience. To answer to your question: the only workaround in current shipping version of iMovie that I know of and that will allow you to retain EQ and Enhance (Noise Reduction) adjustments in foreground audio tracks (as in actual voiceover recordings, detached audio tracks, audio only from video clips in Events) is to trim/edit/move them BEFORE applying such audio adjustments. DO NOT SWAP Projects or Events Either Prior to Finalize your Project, NOR Playback in Full Screen.


    If you finalized (rendered) your project BEFORE trim/edit/move your foreground tracks, you might have lost your audio adjustments. If you did finalize your project AFTER final application of Equalize and Enhance audio adjustments, then you will be OK to share/burn to iDVD. I just did this for a project of mine and it worked fine.

    Good luck.

  • g4zilla Level 1 (0 points)

    Wow, was I glad to see I'm not the only one. This was driving me absolutely insane! You hit the nail on the head for me with DO NOT PLAY BACK IN FULL SCREEN. I was doing that, and of course, lost my "Reduce Background Noise Setting" every time on my detached audio tracks. Never tied the two together.


    Thanks for the tip, saved my butt on this Friday at 5--gotta go, my deadline is now!

  • Dom Povey Level 1 (0 points)

    This is outrageously annoying. Please fix it soon (or at least let us know you have registered the problem) as this was first raised over 6 months ago.

  • octothorpe Level 1 (20 points)

    This is horrible and frustrating.


    I figured out a workaround, though. It involves another piece of software, Audio Hijack Pro, which lets you record audio from any other running application.


    You just adjust the clip the way you want it, then play it back (with other clips turned down) and use Audio Hijack Pro to record while you're playing back.  Bring the file you just recorded back into iMovie and line it up where your previous one was. Now you have a file that sounds the way you want, but isn't dependent on  iMovie adjustments which may or may not stick.


    This isn't ideal, of course, but at least you know the changes you've made aren't going to disappear randomly.

  • enava Level 1 (0 points)

    The problem I'm having is when it comes to the volume on a voice over. I recorded the first voice over just fine. But when I tried to do another one, over any clip, it sounds as if it's muted. However, when I hover over the purple voiceover box, I can hear what I recorded in a fast forward mumble jumble. I can even hear it when click on the "click trimmer" option. It simply won't play on the clip that I'm trying to voice over. And yes, I've put the volume all the way up in the individual audio settings.. and clicked "done" every time. SOOOO FRUSTRATING. Can anyone help? I don't even care if the sound isn't perfect, I simply want to hear the voice over!

  • dancingprincess Level 1 (0 points)

    I see that this issue has persisted since November, 2010.


    I continue to have the same issue. Audio edits are lost at the slightest shift of any audio or video tracks, and a replay in full screen. Edits, specifically, are the "remove background noise" feature. Afraid to begin applying EQ edits for fear of a time waste. "Ducking" feature saves just fine, it's primarily the noise feature that gives me issue.


    I'm calling this broken and going with the assumption that Apple has us by the nuts and does not feel it has any incentive to fix software you've already paid for.