6 Replies Latest reply: Aug 20, 2013 11:44 PM by Karsten Schlüter
Tahlia S. Level 1 (0 points)

The movie that I created and exported in iMovie won't play sound on a PC, but works perfectly on my mac. I've tried changing the file type from m4v to avi but nothing changes. How do I get the sound of my movie to play on a PC?


iMovie '11, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4)
  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 (32,207 points)

    Tahlia S. wrote:

     

    The movie that I created and exported in iMovie won't play sound on a PC, …

    How did you export from within iMovie/what settings?

     

    How did you transfer the resulting file to PC?

  • Tahlia S. Level 1 (0 points)

    On the bar at the top of iMovie I clicked 'Share' then scrolled down to the optionn saying 'Export Movie...' It then asked me what size I wanted my movie to be and where I wanted to put it. I chose the large size, which supposedly can be played on all devices except an iPod. iMovie then exported my movie to 'Movies' in Finder. Once it was completely downloaded I closed iMovie and went to Finder. I opened up the movie and it worked perfectly (I could both see and hear the movie). Using a USB I copied my movie from Finder to the USB and ejected it once it had finished copying. That's when I put the USB into my PC to see whether it would play. The visual worked fine, but I couldn't hear any sound. I tried changing the file type but that didn't fix it.

  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 (32,207 points)

    Tahlia S. wrote:

    …  when I put the USB into my PC to see whether it would play. The visual worked fine, but I couldn't hear any sound. …

    Thanks for your excellent, very precise description!

     

    Your workflow creates a .mov file  - which, out-of-the-box a Windows based machine can NOT play (no audio, no video). It needs the free Quicktime-for-Windows plug-in.

     

    soooo, that you DO see a picture tells me, there has to be something installed on that PC

     

    My first assumption would be, this installment is somehow kaputt.

    I would suggest, as a first step:

    • if optional, try your usb-stick on some other PC - does it work? audio? video?

    • re-install the free Quicktime-for-Windows on your PC, http://support.apple.com/kb/DL837

     

    another option is, following advice, I give in this user tipp

                     How to create a video for playback with Windows/XBox/PS3/… etc?

  • Tahlia S. Level 1 (0 points)

    I have already tried the USB on multiple PCs but they all have the same result (visual, but no sound).

    I'll have a go at re-installing Quicktime-for-Windows to see if that works

    Oh, and thanks for the help!

  • uliseslima Level 1 (0 points)

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  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 (32,207 points)

    Tahlia S. wrote:

    I have already tried the USB on multiple PCs but they all have the same result…

    … but then is the culprit indeed on your Mac, iMovie, the Project.....!

     

    (due to our diff. timezones, I speed things up by making a bundle of suggestions):

     

    • What sort of audio is in your Project? sound from camera?

    • or do you apply music from your iTunes lib?

    • or any other source?

     

    Create a few 'test projects', just a minute:

    • just original audio from your camera

    • with music from iTunes

    • with a diiferent, NOT purchased music, such as from iMovies own list of 'jingles'

     

    test all 3 resulting videos on your PC .....