A simple cut on iMovie for iOS works horribly

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Siderz, Mar 16, 2014.

  1. Siderz macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2012
    Today I went to a museum with my parents and took some video from my iPhone, decided I'd edit them all together on iMovie on my iPhone as well to send to my brother on PhotoStream rather than sending a bunch of videos.

    After putting everything where I want it, I'm going through and removing all the fades which it very annoyingly automatically puts in place for you, but, when you change them to a cut, or whatever iMovie wants to call it, not only does the timeline make a very irritating jump, the audio goes silent for a minute, and it's just horrible.

    This is silly, Apple...isn't iMovie supposed to be for making things simpler? Why cause headache by first automatically always going for a fade, and then make it so you need to fiddle around detaching audio to make a J/L cut to fix it?

    It's either:
    • Have everything fade
    • Have everything make an annoying jump
    • Fiddle around for ages 'detaching' audio and whatnot to get it to sound good

    I'm almost tempted to just put the clips on my iMac and edit in Premiere Pro, but I've gotten so far with it now, and I want the fun/experience of doing it all on my iPhone.

    Something else incredibly annoying is the forced Ken Burns effect for stills. Very, very, very annoying. This app shouldn't damn well exist, Apple should force you to import clips to your Mac and edit on iMovie on the Mac...luckily I didn't pay for it and it came free with my 5s.

    /end rant
  2. mtngoatjoe macrumors regular


    Jun 10, 2008
    I'm not sure why you're having so much trouble. I do with there was a global setting to turn off automatic transitions, but I don't have any trouble selecting the transition and tapping the None icon. It works as expected for me.

    Here's a screenshot from the iMovie help:

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  3. Siderz thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2012
    The main problem I'm having with the 'cut' or 'none transition' is that the audio jumps. The video looks fine but the audio makes a horrible jump, not like the audio between clips is vastly different and it just suddenly spikes in volume, I mean it sort of pauses for a very short second before the next clip's audio plays. There's no simple way of adding a transition to only the audio, you have to do it by detaching the audio from clips and adjusting the little fade keyframe/slider.

    The second problem is the way the timeline jumps between a simple cut. This doesn't affect the video but it's awfully distracting when you're trying to edit.
  4. mtngoatjoe macrumors regular


    Jun 10, 2008
    That sucks. The audio transitions work for me, but that's not much good for you. Good luck!
  5. daybreak macrumors 6502a

    Sep 4, 2009
    Your asking a small application to do a big job. Sorry bit I dont understand iPhones.
    From what I can read.....Why not import your footage and then create a new soundtrack?
  6. Siderz thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2012
    A big job? I'm not sure making the audio fade properly is a big job.

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