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    Sep 18, 2008
    IMovie Audio Play Back Plays Choppy!
    Hey guys, new to the forums and seeking help…. Someone please help me on this annoying issue I have recently been having!

    I have a Mac book pro, OSX-10.4.11, 1.83 Ghz Intel Core Duo, 1.5 GB 667 Mhz DDR SDram, 1 1/2 ram, I am using Imovie 6.0.3. & FCE, 500 GB External drive. Have all current software updates as well. I make kid sports videos, been doing this for two years.
    Have not had an issue as this.

    I am currently working on a video project that is completed in Imovie. In playback mode the audio plays choppy. Just the audio is choppy not video. Nothing is out of sync as well. WHAT GIVES! I had this issue several nights ago. I saved the project on the external drive I recently bought. I pulled it from the drive to work on. I played the project then and the audio plays choppy. I transferred the file over to my desktop to see if that would fix the problem, it played fine. Worked on video for about a day with no problems then changed several minor issues because of mis spelled names on some titles over video. But now weather if I playback the project on my desktop or from the external drive, the audio still plays choppy! The audio files over video are all Aiff files. I even tried to delete the audio files then redo the audio but no deals, still the same issue! RRrrrrr! I never burned the project to a DVD yet because I think this issue will show up on final video. Still choppy when shared to IDVD as well. I have three other finished projects that reviewed fine several days ago but now all suffer from the audio choppy sickness. I also have 28 GB free on desktop, IDK if that info helps. What gives!

    I did some brief research on the net for an answers on this problem. There other people whom are in the same boat as me. I could not find a solid answer though. If someone has it please respond! Need help real bad! Deadlines are a pain! Thanks guys.

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    Jun 25, 2005
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    2011 MBP, i7, 16GB RAM, MBP 2.16Ghz Core Duo, 2GB ram, Dual 867Mhz MDD, 1.75GB ram, ATI 9800 Pro vid
    The last iMovie version for you would be 6.0.4.

    It is odd it worked and now doesn't. Here are ideas I'll just throw out...

    Did you recently do a QuickTime upgrade around the time this started?

    Have you recently updated or installed other codecs?

    Are your audio files 44.1kHz or 48kHz?

    Have you tried fixing permissions?

    Do the audio files play fine by them selfs in QuickTime or iTunes?

    Have you tried a reboot?

    Does the problem occur within FCE? If not, I'd export the just the video to a high grade version, put it into an FCE project, and import the audio there.
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    When asking questions, post the version of your software. You'll receive better answers.

    Please post your results to the thread as it is good feedback.

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