Audio tracks in IMovie

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by JaneTsv, Apr 18, 2010.

  1. JaneTsv macrumors newbie

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    Hi people, I am only starting with video editing, and I use IMovie, also have Final Cut but I decided to start with IMovie first, and the main problem I am having are with sound - IMovie unlike Final Cut doesn't show both audio tracks you have (my camera records 2 audio channels, one has more voice, the other - more background noise), so you can't work with them separately. And very often I need to mute one of the other. Other than then IMovie suits me really well, so the question is - what's the best way to deal with this problem - the only idea I have is import video to Final Cut, work on sound, then export and import back to IMovie, but it's kind of complicated and I am sure this will lead to loss of quality as I will have to process movie to different formats to do that, right? So is there any other way?
     
  2. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    Unfortunately, iMovie, especially 8 and 9, is extremely limited in it's ability to work with sound. Final Cut will be your answer.
     
  3. JaneTsv thread starter macrumors newbie

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    merging

    Ok, thanks... One more thing - can I merge two clips into one (in IMov)? It lets you split the clips, but I can't find how to merge them - to use precise editor (as it lets youcwork with only two clips)
     
  4. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    Yes, although it won't physically make one clip out of two. Import your clips then export as a Quicktime or movie file and they will be joined.
     
  5. JaneTsv thread starter macrumors newbie

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    sounds like a complicated way to do that... thanks anyway)
     
  6. spice weasel macrumors 65816

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    There's really no reason to merge two clips anyway. Just sequence them the way you want and they are effectively merged.
     
  7. JaneTsv thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Maybe I didn't understand how IMovie works, but I wanted to merge clips so that I could open precise editor and be able to see more - if I break clips for editing (turn off music etc) I might have a lot of small, like 1-sec clips as a result and to continue working on them I need to merge them together. tell me what I didn't get right...
    Also, is there any way to make music louder or quieter in one clip? If I want it to start louder etc, interlace voice with music etc? Breaking the clip doesn't always help - there is a small pause between the clips so the music doesn't sound good.
     

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