MacMost Now 317: Speed Up, Slow Down and Reverse in iMovie 09

Learn how to speed up your video clips and use slow motion in iMovie 09. You can also reverse the direction of a clip.

Comments: 33 Responses to “MacMost Now 317: Speed Up, Slow Down and Reverse in iMovie 09”

    Ed Rogers
    10 years ago

    Your videos are EXCELLENT. Thanks especially for the one on reversing/speeding/slowing clips.

    Yousuf
    10 years ago

    Gary, Do you know how to make ramped slow-motion using iMovie 09?

      10 years ago

      “ramped” — do you mean the speed accelerates as the clip plays? Don’t think you can do that. You can do slow motion, sure. But not accelerated slow motion.

        douglas
        10 years ago

        yes you can, i don’t know how though but my friend knows
        youtube.com/claymodeling in his last video he does a ramp

          10 years ago

          What makes you think he does it in iMovie? I saw some slow motion there, but no accelerated slow motion.

    Joe Wright
    10 years ago

    How do I do this in iMovie ’08????

      10 years ago

      I don’t think you can. It was something they added to iMovie 09 if I remember correctly. Might be time to upgrade…

    Siera
    10 years ago

    I can do all of this stuff in in my imovie ’09, but not the reverse! its not there?
    Help pleaseee!!

      10 years ago

      Are you sure you have Advanced Tools turned on?

    Nonamed
    9 years ago

    Um..Gary…When I try converting the clip, I get a lovely message saying “Cannot convert clip Error:
    -50”

      9 years ago

      Quit iMovie. Start it again. Export. -50 errors for me rarely happen, but I do see them. WHen I do, a restart of iMovie always clears it up.

        suze chapel
        7 years ago

        Hi i am also experiencing the same problem but it does not at all correct itself when i close out of imovie. it is happening all the time and i am totally peeved coz its like a waste of time making the clips if i cant export them. Is there anything else you can think of trying to solve this issue? i would appreciate any help you have. Re fast forward rewind.. that happens all the time in my clips and it has not been an issue

    Someone
    9 years ago

    Hey Gary is there any way to speed it up in iMovie 08? I’m not sure what kind i have but i think it’s 08

      9 years ago

      This is a feature of 09, sorry. Why not upgrade?

    Jack
    9 years ago

    Hey, I’ve recently been encountering some strange bugs in imovie ’09. Whenever I want to speed up/slow down a clip more then .5 percent ( which is barely even sped up/slowed down), I lose the audio automatically. I don’t want this, as I want the effect of slow motion audio and video. When I play it at normal speed, it’s just fine. If I detach audio and adjust it’s speed, it’s fine, but is never included in the export ;|
    Also, on a bigger note, a lot of times, Imovie 09 crashes HORRIBLY. I don’t mean force quiting randomly. I mean it will give me a “Gray screen of death” (as I call it), and refuse to process video unless in the events mode. Also, I lost the ability to slow down/speed up audio and video right after it crashed. Anyway to fix this, or has it been fixed?

    Also, what happened to the audio e/q, pitch adjust, noise remover, reverb, and timeline effects? I’ve been importing a bunch of my old VHS/Beta tapes, so they have those audio problems that go with 10-20 year old tapes. I used to use Imovie HD to edit the audio to remove the hiss, adjust pitch warping from tracking errors, etc. In imovie 09, I get none of this. Will Apple PLEASE go back to the timeline based imovie like it used to be? I do love some features of ’09, like more precise video and speed adjustments, but HD was so much more organized. My dream Imovie is the audio FX and organization of HD/’06, along with the speed, cropping, and video FX of ’09. Will the new imovie be like this?

    9 years ago

    Well, it sounds like you’ve got some problems that shouldn’t be there. Try re-installing iMovie, maybe? I use it heavily all week, and it never crashes.
    As for audio effects — you get a lot of those in iMovie 11. You also get a timeline (single row mode). In both 09 and 11 you’ve got a precision editor for adjustments and such.
    But you may also want to look into using Adobe Premiere Elements or Final Cut Express if you really want tons of features. iMovie is about getting it done fast — I love it.

    Lorenia
    9 years ago

    gary when i convert the video so i can slow down the clip the image of the video looks really bad, is like low quality.

      9 years ago

      Have you tried exporting it? Remember that the preview in iMovie is a “preview” — it is optimized for real-time viewing as you edit.

        Lorenia
        9 years ago

        i dont think that would work cus the other videos that i didnt convert look great :S

          9 years ago

          It is just an explanation. Try a test and see.

    doorknob3004
    9 years ago

    Right, in iMovie 09 you double click the clip and a black window will pop-up and it will have a bar for the speed the tortoise to rabbit under that it says reverse with a tickbox i found this out because i am editing a call of duty game clip and honesly it looks awsome ! :)

    c
    9 years ago

    how do you slow down or speed up a clip in imovie ’11?

    gonsalo Morales
    9 years ago

    I was using the slow motion on my imovie and after i did that all my audio on my videos were off by like 2 seconds soo i deleted all the video and imported all the video back on then used slow motion again and now my audio is off again is there a way to fix that?

      9 years ago

      Are you sure it is off when you export — not just the preview in iMovie?

    Lissa Palmeri
    9 years ago

    I played my video in reverse and loved it, so I came here to learn how to render it that way. It was easy enough to do but the sound played in a much higher pitch than when I originally just played it in reverse. Now it has lost it lower tones. Is there a way to get those lower tones back?

      9 years ago

      Usually when you reverse video you just throw out the sound. There’s not much point in having reversed sound. I’d imagine you could clean it up in GarageBand if you really want.

    Imacer99
    8 years ago

    Thanks, for sharing, very useful.

    Imacer99
    8 years ago

    Gary, how can I take a certain part of the clip to slow it down or speed it up? I have no luck trying. Thanks…

      8 years ago

      You can’t do just a part of a clip. What you would do then is to split the clip into multiple parts and slow down the part you want.

    Imacer99
    8 years ago

    Thank you again, I will give it a try.

    Tyler
    8 years ago

    Can you speed up clips faster then imove allows? more then 20x?

      8 years ago

      You could always speed it up 20x, export, import the result, and then speed it up again.

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