4 Replies Latest reply: Sep 2, 2011 7:51 PM by Mary721
Mary721 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

How do you adjust the length of music in Imovie?

  • elikness Level 4 Level 4 (2,635 points)

    When you drag the music clip into the movie, make sure you drop it dead center on top of a video clip. Otherwise it might become a background music clip instead (Green or purple background color that surrounds all the clips). When you drag directly onto a movie clip, the sound is represented as a title bar underneath the video clip. To shorten the length, find the end and drag the right edge of that bar, to the left. The mouse cursor should change to a vertical bar with a double-headed arrow on it. When that appears you can drag to the left. Just move the end of the sound clip to the point where you want it to end.

     

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  • Mary721 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for responding to my post.  My problem is trying to lengthening the music clip. When I move the bar to the right, the beginning of the music clip moves also. When I try to adjust the duration of the music clip using "inspector", it doesn't accept my change.

  • elikness Level 4 Level 4 (2,635 points)

    It sounds as though the actual length of the whole clip is already maxed out. Meaning, you cannot make it play longer than it actually already is. In the screenshot above both of the clips are actually longer than the times displayed on them maybe 8sec. each. But I scrunched them down by pulling the right edge of each clip, making them shorter. If I were to go back and want to make them longer I would pull out the right edge. But I couldn't nor will it ever let me pull out beyond 8sec. Because that's literally how long the clip is before I even drop it into iMovie.

  • Mary721 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    The length of the song is 3.39 mins. When I added the song , the clip showed 3.27 mins. I don't know why it didn't show 3.39 mins. I pulled out the right edge to add about 2 more mins. but this didn't work.