My iMovie's Sound Is Out of Sync


IMovie is a standard program that comes with Mac OS and uses a simple interface for editing and adding effects to home movies. However, because of iMovie's simplicity, sometimes it can suffer from occasional slowdowns and glitches, especially when you are using a large volume of video clips. When synchronization problems occur, there are several things you can do to fix the problem.

  • Make sure your iMovie software is up to date. Download the latest version of the software (See Resources). There have been known issues with versions of iMovie before version 3.0.3, so a simple update could fix the problem.

  • Check the bit-level of the sound you imported from your camera. For best synchronization, it is recommended that 16-bit sound is used with iMovie. If you imported sound with 12-bit audio, change the settings on your camera (your User's Manual should have specific directions for this operation) and then reimport your footage.

  • Extract the audio from your footage into a separate audio track. Open the "Edit" menu and click "Select All." Go to the "Advanced" menu and click "Extract Audio." The audio file appears as a separate track on your iMovie time line and can be edited to improve synchronization.


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