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MacUser184 Level 1 (0 points)
I have an iMac 27 and have been importing old MiniDV tapes since Christmas. The camcorder is a Canon HV20 connected via FireWire. I had no issues until the iMovie 9.01 patch AND Mac OS X 10.6.6 patch.

I have imported 15-20 hours with the patch applied and it appears that the longer the event/segment, the worse the sync issues becomes late in the import. On the camcorder LCD everything looks fine.

Is Apple working on a patch to the patch? Will the patch fix the audio issues or will I need to reimport all of the sync issue MiniDV imports?

iMac 11,3, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • GriffNYC Level 1 (0 points)
    I have been having the same issue. When I look at my capture and play it back with Quicktime, everything is in sync throughout the whole clip. When I look at the clip in iMovie, the clip goes progressively more out of sync as the clip goes on.

    Please advise
  • tOOrko Level 1 (10 points)
    Same problem for me, but with a video _*imported one year ago with IMovie 9!!!*_ I thought it had problems while importing but i re-imported that part of the video (29 mins) and it is still out of sync!
    Please solve this issue!!!
  • edc1591 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm having the same problem. I imported 2 hours of video from an old Hi8 camera. Audio in the iMovie project is out of sync, but playing the dv clip in Quicktime works fine. Any ideas?
  • niagadenots Level 1 (0 points)
    I have same problem. Everything is in sync until I export from iMovie... Pretty shoddy! Really disappointed in Apple on this one! If they don't fix VERY soon, I will have to switch to some other software. Someone on their iMovie team should lose their job for this fiasco!
  • inglett Level 1 (0 points)
    My experience is a little different in that I record from a firewire/800 attached camera (Sony TRV350), importing live video. The audio sync problem is obvious during playback in the iMovie preview window. Looks like a poorly dubbed foreign film. I use no audio editing features (noise reduction, normalization) and I still see this problem.

    I do have a workaround: at the beginning of import, create the iMovie event on an *external hard drive*. I use a firewire/800 attached LaCie 320GB Rugged drive. I am not seeing any sync issues (yet) in the recorded live video. If I have time today, I will try importing some video previously recorded to Hi8 tape to see if that works as well.
  • inglett Level 1 (0 points)
    I checked my workaround to see whether it would indeed work when importing video from tape using iMove '11. It did not! Even on the external hard drive, the audio and video were not in sync. So, it has me wondering whether my workaround really is a work, as previously described when recording video live from the camera. Perhaps I just got lucky when I first tried it. I will repeat my experiment and report back.
  • Sanjaya Kumar Level 1 (10 points)
    Try this: just play your raw file (.dv) using Quicktime. I found that audio and video were perfectly synchronized if I used Quicktime to view the clip.

    Even though iMovie 11 imported them.

    But if I played the same clip in iMovie, the audio and video were not in sync.

    I tried the suggested workaround (external disk) -- it didn't make any difference. In any case, I believe the raw data doesn't have a sync problem, just the way iMovie plays it back.
  • magickbox Level 1 (0 points)
    same here. was having no problems with latest imovie but now when i import my dv files, the audio sync goes progressively out as the event goes on. really need a fix on this. i actually spent time detaching audio and shifting until i played back the source dv and it was fine throughout. please fix this now.
  • inglett Level 1 (0 points)
    Following up to my previous post, importing from tape (even to an external hard drive) always results in an iMove event with audio out of sync. However, importing live video via my firewire attached camera works OK, but only if saved directly to my external hard drive. Oddly, audio/video for this live recording is sometimes not in sync (after playing another video) but if I exit iMovie, and then restart, playback is once again fine. Weird.

    Sajaya Kumar is correct that the raw file (.dv) appears all right. All of my video events play back perfectly using Quicktime, whether they have audio/video sync problems in iMovie or not. So, at least I'm fairly confident I could recover a "corrupt" project when this iLife problem has been fixed. Has anyone in this discussion officially reported this problem to Apple?
  • MacUser184 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have not called tech support yet. There are so many people posting the same issue on this forum and other websites that I thought an Apple representative might see how pervasive this issue is and would post a solution!
  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 (115,600 points)
    Use feedback. There is nobody from Apple here. It is a user to user forum.
  • mindtekmedia Level 1 (0 points)
    To add to the voices here all of my video footage has the audio out of sync with the video. I shoot and edit weddings for a living for 7 years now and I have been using iMovie since its inception and added every upgrade since and I have never had a problem. Some of you may think that it is your video camera but that is doubtful. As an experiment I have an iMovie wedding on an external hard drive. When I play the movie's raw footage on one of my computers (I have a few imacs) the new iMovie 11 audio is out of sync. When I attach the external drive with the iMovie footage onto a different computer that has iMovie 10 there are no sync problems between the footage and audio. I use Canon GL2 cameras ... again, I believe that this experiment demonstrates that it is not your video camera and that iMovie 11 is the problem I hope that Apple addresses this soon!!
  • inglett Level 1 (0 points)
    Since I rely on iMovie to produce a weekly church video, I pulled out my old and little used MacBook Pro 17 (original Intel 2006 model), upgraded it to OS X 10.6.6 and then installed iLife '11 from the install DVD, without updating it. It works sync issues. It's so good to have a working video editor that I'm afraid to update from version 9.0 (1073) to version 9.0.1 (1095), just to verify that that the patch breaks it.
  • inglett Level 1 (0 points)
    I just submitted product feedback on iMovie from Apple's website. Easy enough. I would suggest everyone do the same if we want to get enough attention to make sure this problem is fixed.
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