No Sound On iMovie Imported Clips - Help!

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  1. Caitlyn macrumors 6502a

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    Hi guys.
    So, I imported videos from my camera into iMovie today to make a DVD of our latest vacation. The movies play fine in quicktime. My speakers work. My headphones work. My iTunes plays fine and I can hear the regular system sounds, such as that ping, or emptying of the trash. But when I import the movies into iMovie, they lose their audio. I am using the default iMovie settings and never had this proble before. I've used iMovie on my MacBook before and this was not a problem.

    Any ideas at all? Input would be fantastic. Thanks!
    -Caitlyn :)

    EDIT: Also, volume is definitely on in iMovie and on my computer. Still an issue. :(
     
  2. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    How are you getting them from your camera into iMovie in the first place? Is this a real video camera with a firewire connection that is importing through iMovie? I'm guessing it isn't, because then how would there be sound in QuickTime.

    Or is this like a still camera that also happens to take short movies which you have imported into iPhoto. Because those sometimes have problems, as many still camera makers use formats incompatible with iMovie which require conversion.
     
  3. Caitlyn thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The videos are in MPG format and taken with my Cybershot P200. I have done this before and never had a problem. It's just suddenly today. I imported them into iPhoto and then dragged them to the deskop and then dragged the desktop files to iMovie for importing.
     
  4. superted666 Guest

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    Sounds familiar

    Select the file and get info for it
    under more info does it say mutex or something similar (going off memory here)?
     
  5. Caitlyn thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  6. ftaok macrumors 601

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    It's muxed, not mutex.

    In any case, you'll need to de-mux the file prior to importing. In the past, you would use a de-muxing program (such as BBDemux or MoreMissingTools), then you would need to convert the audio to AIFF using iTunes, and then use Quicktime Pro to recombine the file.

    After you did all that, you could drag the new file into iMovie for converting to DV.

    Nowadays, there are several programs that will do the whole conversion for you and keep the audio intact. Cinematize and MPEGStreamclip come to mind.

    Good Luck.
     
  7. superted666 Guest

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    Thats the reason then,
    Mpeg1 Mutex files (commonly used in digi cameras where vid is secondary) unfortunaltley do not seperate audio and video streams. they create a single 'mashed' together video file and imovie cant handle this.

    Thats the bad news, the good news is there are programs which can,

    The software available at http://www.squared5.com/ should do the trick, convert it to dv then import it into imovie.

    If you run into trouble try google for "no sound importing in imovie" you should find something about it.

    C

    Ed
     
  8. superted666 Guest

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    awwww you beat me to it!
     
  9. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    I knew it had something to do with still camera video.
     

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