Apologies for Lack of Updates

I haven’t updated the blog since early January, but I have good reason: I’m a dad! My daughter was born February 5, and before that I was finishing a book project at high speed in anticipation of her arrival. I’m taking some paternity leave time, which I’ve learned is key because some days just run into the others. I apologize that I haven’t been keeping up to date with iMovie and other video related news.

I can say that I’m doing a little bit of work on my Apple TV Pocket Guide to update it for the new Take Two release. My colleague Agen Schmitz is helping me do the update while I’m attending to baby, so expect the book sometime in mid- to late March (given printing and distribution, etc.).

  1. I just spent the day with your excellent book learning iMovie ’08. It was great fun but I have a couple of frustrations. When I bring up the audio adjustment dialogue box I don’t get the range of options that allows me to control fades. (Fig. 12.5) Only volume. Any solution? Also, I have not had success changing the duration of titles. They go too fast and nothing I do in the dialogue box seems to change anything. (Fig. 13.15).
    Many thanks for any help.

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  2. Hi Carl,
    “When I bring up the audio adjustment dialogue box I don’t get the range of options that allows me to control fades. (Fig. 12.5) Only volume. Any solution?”
    Is the video you’re attempting to edit in the Project Browser (at top) or in the Event Browser (at bottom)? Fades can only be adjusted on clips in a project, versus in your library.
    “Also, I have not had success changing the duration of titles. They go too fast and nothing I do in the dialogue box seems to change anything. (Fig. 13.15).”
    If I’m understanding you correctly, the Title Fade Duration slider in the project properties dialog changes only the duration of the fade, not the duration of the title itself. To make the title longer, drag its edge in the Project Browser (see Figure 13.14).
    Jeff

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  3. Bill McDonough March 7, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    Hey Jeff – Congrats on the new baby! From now on, whenever you miss a deadline, you can use the baby as an excuse.
    I’ve been looking at the new book. One thing I’ve noticed about the latest apps is a bit troubling, but maybe you can enlighten.
    I have a 5(?) yr-old Sony Digital 8 camcorder. I had always been able to import footage from old, analog Hi-8 tapes into previous versions of iMovie just by playing them in the Dig 8 camcorder.
    However, the latest versions of iMovie and iDVD (when I use the one step DVD function) won’t let me import the analog tapes that way. Apple support offered no suggestions and couldn’t confirm whether the programs should do it.
    Any hints? I’d use my old Hi* camcorder to output into the Dig8 camcorder, but the on switch doesn’t work.
    Thanks – get some sleep!
    Bill
    Beverly MA

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  4. Bill,
    I’m not familiar with the Digital 8, but I would expect that it should work; you’re connecting directly via FireWire, correct? The One-Step DVD function might not be working if iMovie/iDVD doesn’t have control over the camera – you may need to use the camera’s controls to start playing the tape, then hit Import in iMovie to capture the footage.
    Jeff

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