2 Replies Latest reply: May 6, 2013 5:39 AM by hahndavidl
hahndavidl Level 1 (0 points)

I am using iMovie '11 to create a slideshow (photos not video) with music.  While I am working in iMovie and play the clip, the audio comes though as expected.  However, when I finalize the project no audio is attached.

MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • Delgadoh Level 4 (1,405 points)

    Hey hahndavidl,


    In the past, I have encountered the same issue as well.

    We have an article that addresses your particular situation:


    iMovie is missing audio on import, export, or playback


    1. Make sure the audio track has not been muted in the timeline.
      1. Switch to timeline view by clicking the clock button in the iMovie window.
      2. There are three checkboxes on the right side of the iMovie window underneath the sound icon. These checkboxes correspond to the video track and two additional audio tracks. Make sure all three tracks are selected. Any deselected tracks are muted.
      3. If you are using iMovie 3 or later, check the "Edit Volume" option to see if it is selected. If so, make sure the volume of the affected video clips is not set to its lowest level, or try deselecting the option to Edit Volume.
    2. See if the volume in iMovie is set to its lowest setting. Directly under the Preview pane in iMovie is a volume slider. Set this slider to maximum volume.
    3. Make sure the computer's audio is not muted.
    4. Quit and reopen iMovie, then check the clip to see if it now plays with audio.
    5. Check to see if any of the video clips you have imported are in the MPEG-1 format. MPEG-1 clips will lose audiowhen you export them as part of your iMovie project.
    6. Quit and reopen iMovie, then reimport the footage from the camera. Play the newly imported footage and see if you now have audio.
    7. If you are using an analog to DV converter instead of a camera, make sure the audio connections are good between your VCR or other analog device and the converter. Check the documentation that came with your converter for more information.
    8. Check /Library/QuickTime/ and ~/Library/QuickTime/ for any third-party plugins. Remove them if present, log out, and log back in. Check to see if the issue persists. If not, check with the manufacturer of the disabled plugin to see if an update is available. Note: The tilde (~) represents your Home directory.

      Note: "Apple Intermediate Codec" and "QuickTimeMPEG2" are Apple components. For more information about a particular plugin, select the item in the Finder and choose File > Get Info. Look at the version string of the Get Info window to see if the plugin developer name is listed.


    Hope that helps,


  • hahndavidl Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for taking the time to reply.  This information is useful.  


    By reading various blogs I eventually discovered it was a copyright issue.  I followed a suggestion to covert the file to another type and, bingo, the audio was successfully attached after rendering.


    The music track I wanted to overlay was from a purchased CD and was being used on a non-commercial family movie.  Perhaps this is verboten, but there was no overt indication from iMovie.


    Seems to me Apple could easily include a pop-up message to tell you the music file can't be used.  It would have saved a lot of time and frustration.  Or, better yet, why not a pop-up that allows me to attest the music is for personal use, which then allows the music to attach.  After all there is nothing illegal about my playing this same music on my iPod while I show the movie on my TV.  How is this different?