8 Replies Latest reply: Oct 31, 2012 12:57 PM by Kansasboy63
JubsTO Level 1 (0 points)

I have imported a video into Imovie 09 which was not synced from the beginning. I made an event with the imported video, detached the audio, and synced it with the video. And now I want to edit the event but can't lock the audio to the video and each part of the video that I cut the audio is not cut with it. Apparently in iMove 09 the audio can not be locked/pinned to the video. Any suggestions?

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • elikness Level 4 (2,635 points)

    Is the audio track green? And did you attach it directly to the clip itself or is it underlying the whole background of the Project timeline. If you drag a clip directly dead center on top of a video clip, it becomes what's called a soundtrack and will stay in position as you move the video clips up and down the timeline. It also will appear in a bright green floating box just below the video track that it's attached to. Otherwise it will become a 'background music track' either purple (pinned) or green (floating).


    For example look at this:


    Screen Shot 2011-09-21 at 3.01.13 PM.jpg

    The green bars are soundtracks, and are more or less pinned to the video clip immediately above them. The Purple background soundtrack is pinned into the point in time along the Project timeline and will not move, it is pinned to that timecode.

  • JubsTO Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the response.


    It is purple. I detached the sound of the very same video because it was was not synced (as a problem in recording the video). I didn't add anything from outside. An now I can't pin the synced purple audio to the video.


    The only solution I could think of was exporting the project and re-importing it, but the quality decrease is very obvious.

  • elikness Level 4 (2,635 points)

    The other thing is to delete that background track, bring it back into the project and drop it into position back on top of the Video clip. And slide it left and right to re-sync it. It's your choice, use your best judgement. I think either way the quality might be the same.

  • JubsTO Level 1 (0 points)

    That's a good choice, but then you can not start editing the video with sound track attached to it not. This is the case: I am trying to make a 1 minute video from this support video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IF3ULwayeaQ
    As you can see the sound is not sync. Even if I reimport the sound as a soundtrack seprately and sync it, I still want to shorten the video and the sound is not cut or copied when I select some parts of the video.

  • elikness Level 4 (2,635 points)

    Maybe it would make sense to create a version first with the audio synced up properly, then export that. Then in QuickTime X trim the ends off so you get the shortened version you are looking for. QuickTime can trim beginning and end bits of a video clip by using the Edit Menu > Trim command:


    Screen Shot 2011-09-21 at 3.49.39 PM.png


    Then once it's shortened you can save that Movie from QuickTime X, then do whatever you want with it.

  • JubsTO Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks a lot man!

  • elikness Level 4 (2,635 points)

    It's often the case on the Mac OS that there's always more than one way to do things. Good Luck.

  • Kansasboy63 Level 1 (0 points)

    That QuickTime answer for trimming off synced video/audio just helped me. Too bad iMovie 09 isn't set up to easly trim video and audio that has been synced up. 


    Does anyone know . . . . is iMovie 11 upgraded to be able to trim video/audio that has been synced together?