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    Audio dropout in iMovie
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    Audio dropout in iMovie
    Hi all!

    Completed my first movie in iMovie '11 and I'm having an audio problem. Searched and found many audio problems in iMovie-- too bad because it's a pretty easy program to work with!

    My movie audio is mostly "background music"-- a song plays for the entire 7:00 piece. But there are 2 small sections where I retain the clip audio, which consists of water running in a stream and a cascade. I built a 6-second audio ramp-up and ramp-down on the clips prior to and subsequent to the main clips using audio copied from the main clips at lower levels. When I run it in iMovie, the sections usually play correctly but occasionally the main clip audio drops out. The ramp-ups/downs play fine. So, I decided to just finalize and, of course, the sections dropped out.

    If anyone has any suggestions on how to fix this, I would appreciate it. I suspect that it's probably just a glitchy application and there's nothing that I can do. If you're interested, the movie can be viewed here. It's the running water scenes at 3:09 and 5:40

    Also, now that I've finalized the movie, is there any way to go back and re-edit? I might as well remove the ramp-up/down audio if the main clip audio is not going to play. Of course, ideally, I'd like to fix it

    THANKS all!

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    Audio dropout in iMovie

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    Try exporting it as a mov. file then import the mov. clip again

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    Audio dropout in iMovie
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    Also, now that I've finalized the movie, is there any way to go back and re-edit?
    Have you deleted the Project and associated Events? If not, just re-edit the Project.

    For the sound, try dropping the audio onto the first clip to get a separate track, rather than using it as a background track.

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    Audio dropout in iMovie
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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyGem View Post
    Have you deleted the Project and associated Events? If not, just re-edit the Project.

    For the sound, try dropping the audio onto the first clip to get a separate track, rather than using it as a background track.
    First, regarding your suggestion about the video:
    I still have the finalized project up in the Project Browser and the raw clips in the Event Browser.
    So, you're saying to edit the finalized project and it will allow me to re-finalize? Or create a whole new project and recut the whole movie from scratch? Sorry, not a lot of experience in the program yet so bear with me...

    Thanks, btw!

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    export the raw video then edit the mov files

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    Audio dropout in iMovie
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacAddict. View Post
    export the raw video then edit the mov files
    Thanks! I will play with that option!

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    Audio dropout in iMovie
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    So, you're saying to edit the finalized project and it will allow me to re-finalize?
    Yes, just re-edit the Project.

    There is no need to finalize a project. All that does is Export the movie and create copies in all the various qualities that show up when you choose the Share>Media Browser or Share>Export options. If you don't need all those copies, don't finalize, just Share/Export to the quality that you want.

    When you edit a finalized project, it will prompt you to finalize again. If you want to, fine. If not then don't bother.

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    Audio dropout in iMovie
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    That's great information, MightyGem, Thank you!
    Also thanks to MacAddict for your input!

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