iMovie 11 - Impossible to export a selection / clip ?

Muggsy

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Hi everyone

Second issue with iMovie, hopefully this one can be solved!
I edited a concert and have just been asked to export as well specific music pieces.

After a hair removing session struggling to find a solution, here is the question: is it possible to export certain portions of the entire project???

I found an old tutorial here related to the matter but nothing that could be used on iMovie 11.
Using another software to chop the entire video would make me lose (an already low) image quality...

Thanks a lot in advance!
M.
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firedept

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Hi everyone

Second issue with iMovie, hopefully this one can be solved!
I edited a concert and have just been asked to export as well specific music pieces.

After a hair removing session struggling to find a solution, here is the question: is it possible to export certain portions of the entire project???

I found an old tutorial here related to the matter but nothing that could be used on iMovie 11.
Using another software to chop the entire video would make me lose (an already low) image quality...

Thanks a lot in advance!
M.
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Yes you can. Why not just trim your movie to the part you want to export, then export right from iMovie. I have posted a screenshot to show you. Once trimmed, just export. If you are planning on doing multiple trims and exports, I would suggest saving the original somewhere and import it for each trim and export you do.
 

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Dave Braine

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Only by doing as firedept suggests, which is a bit of a pain. Back in iMovie06HD, you could indeed just select a portion of the Project and Export that bit.
 

Muggsy

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@ Firedept:
Which version of iMovie are you using? In fact as I just checked my iMovie '11 is a version 9.0.8 (very logical).
Your interface looks different, and when I trim a selection it just separates the clips, without getting rid of the non-selected bits.

Also, FYI I tried to copy a selection and paste it into another project, but it then doesn't include the audio, as the latter starts before the selection... Didn't find a way to precisely link together audio + video clips either.
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firedept

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@ Firedept:
Which version of iMovie are you using? In fact as I just checked my iMovie '11 is a version 9.0.8 (very logical).
Your interface looks different, and when I trim a selection it just separates the clips, without getting rid of the non-selected bits.

Also, FYI I tried to copy a selection and paste it into another project, but it then doesn't include the audio, as the latter starts before the selection... Didn't find a way to precisely link together audio + video clips either.
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Quick question first. Not a wiz on the terminology, but was your video taped with the audio embedded? Or is the audio separate?

I have opened iMovie 9.0.9 (virtually the same as 9.0.8) and looked at 2 of my projects. One where I added audio to it and one where my audio was included within the video. If the audio is embedded within the video (if I am correct on my terminology), then all you should need to do is open your Clip Trimmer or Precision Editor and trim your clip to what you need.

I have post some screenshots to show you where it is located in the Edit Projects part of iMovie. Just hover over the bottom left corner of any clip in the project and the gear will appear. Click on that and you will be given a menu with options for editing your clip and audio. The Clip Trimming and Precision Trimmer will open in the lower portion of iMovie, allowing you plent of room to work on the clipping.

If your audio is not embedded within the video, then you will need to trim it separately and then add it back into the Project you are creating. Please remember to save the original video and duplicate it each time, then create a new Project for each trimming you are going to do. This way you never take a chance of messing up the original video.

As for why your audio is not syncing, I am not sure. I took a video of mine that had the audio embedded and trimmed it at least a half dozen times and the video and audio always synced. The screenshots show a video with added music, ignore that! Act like it does not exist.

Hope this info adds some more help. Feel free to ask more if needed. I will answer if I can. Many people good at iMovie on the boards. Dave Braine certainly one of them.
 

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Muggsy

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Feb 8, 2013
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Hi

Sorry for the late reply I just saw your post!
In the end the person who asked for extracts didn't mind having the entire video.

Anyway, regarding your suggestion firedept (btw thanks a lot for the pictures and the precise intructions!), the difference between our projects is that mine comes as a complex editing, with a lot of clips and the audio being one single 1h file.

The problem being that the audiovisual synchronisation has been done on a dedicated audio software, and re-synchronising every single extract would have been a pain, especially in video editing software not meant to deal with intervals less than an image.
Also I think I remember having the issue that trimming a clip would move it to the end of the previous one, therefore drastically breaking the sync with the audio.

In short: I'm very happy I didn't have to go that route!
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john.orban

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I'm using iMovie 10.1.12. There is no easy way to select a part of a clip and export it as a segment. However, it's not rocket science either.

Split the clip at the beginning and ending point. (Command B)

Delete the part of the video in front of the first split and the video after the end of the second split.

Export the remaining clip segment.

When you are finished, use Command Z to restore the video before you made the splits.

Easy peasy...