Innacurate Timeline on MovieMaker 2.1


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CJB

I have XP with SP3 and MM 2.1. Recently to make a film out of a
slideshow I imported 84 slides in JPG format into MM. OK. Then I
imported the MP3 sound track which is 11:45 mins long. But on the
timeline the sound track is only marked as being 9:50 mins long. I
tried mporting the sound as WMA but it produced the same error. The
playback window shows the correct timing, but not the timeline. This
is making it impossible to align the slide durations and transitions
to fit the commentary. Is this a fault with MM or am I doing something
wrong? If so what do I have to do to get the timeline to show the
correct intervals?

Many thanks - Chris B.

P.S. I'd like to use Live MM but I don't have W7. Does Live MM run on
XP?
 
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C

CJB

I have XP with SP3 and MM 2.1. Recently to make a film out of a
slideshow I imported 84 slides in JPG format into MM. OK. Then I
imported the MP3 sound track which is 11:45 mins long. But on the
timeline the sound track is only marked as being 9:50 mins long. I
tried mporting the sound as WMA but it produced the same error. The
playback window shows the correct timing, but not the timeline. This
is making it impossible to align the slide durations and transitions
to fit the commentary. Is this a fault with MM or am I doing something
wrong? If so what do I have to do to get the timeline to show the
correct intervals?

Many thanks - Chris B.

P.S. I'd like to use Live MM but I don't have W7. Does Live MM run on
XP?

P.S. Also zooming in and out changes the end time point of the sound
track inconsistently to its real length. There is obviously a bug in
the timeline display and also in the zooming feature.
 
J

John Inzer

CJB said:
I have XP with SP3 and MM 2.1. Recently to make a film out of a
slideshow I imported 84 slides in JPG format into MM. OK. Then I
imported the MP3 sound track which is 11:45 mins long. But on the
timeline the sound track is only marked as being 9:50 mins long. I
tried mporting the sound as WMA but it produced the same error. The
playback window shows the correct timing, but not the timeline. This
is making it impossible to align the slide durations and transitions
to fit the commentary. Is this a fault with MM or am I doing something
wrong? If so what do I have to do to get the timeline to show the
correct intervals?

Many thanks - Chris B.

P.S. I'd like to use Live MM but I don't have W7. Does Live MM run on
XP?
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I have seen this issue reported before but cannot recall
seeing a clear resolution. I have just a couple of questions...

When you add the audio file to the timeline...is the file
positioned correctly? IOW...unlike the Video Track...
the files on the Audio/Music track can be dragged left
or right and they will stay in that position.

If you place your mouse pointer on an audio file when it
is in the Collections pane...a tool tip will display the duration
of the file. Is it accurate? Also try this on the timeline...is
the duration the same as the collections pane?

Regardless of any apparent inaccuracies of the audio file
duration...what if you set up the slide show exactly the way
you want it and then adjust the Audio duration by splitting
the file and removing any unwanted portions?

FWIW...as a general rule...wma is the best choice for
audio format.

Windows Live Movie Maker will not run on Win XP.

BTW...the free PhotoStory 3 is a better app IMHO for
creating Video Slide Shows. It can handle up to 300
photos (maybe less if lots of effects, motion and transitions
are used).

PhotoStory 3 For Windows
http://tinyurl.com/4f869
or...
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/digitalphotography/photostory/default.mspx
(runs on XP and Vista but not Win7)

--

J. Inzer MS-MVP
Digital Media Experience

Notice
This is not tech support
I am a volunteer

Solutions that work for
me may not work for you

Proceed at your own risk
 
C

CJB

===========================================
I have seen this issue reported before but cannot recall
seeing a clear resolution. I have just a couple of questions...

When you add the audio file to the timeline...is the file
positioned correctly? IOW...unlike the Video Track...
the files on the Audio/Music track can be dragged left
or right and they will stay in that position.

If you place your mouse pointer on an audio file when it
is in the Collections pane...a tool tip will display the duration
of the file. Is it accurate? Also try this on the timeline...is
the duration the same as the collections pane?

Regardless of any apparent inaccuracies of the audio file
duration...what if you set up the slide show exactly the way
you want it and then adjust the Audio duration by splitting
the file and removing any unwanted portions?

FWIW...as a general rule...wma is the best choice for
audio format.

Windows Live Movie Maker will not run on Win XP.

BTW...the free PhotoStory 3 is a better app IMHO for
creating Video Slide Shows. It can handle up to 300
photos (maybe less if lots of effects, motion and transitions
are used).

PhotoStory 3 For Windowshttp://tinyurl.com/4f869
   or...http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/digitalphotography/photostor...
(runs on XP and Vista but not Win7)

--

      J. Inzer MS-MVP
Digital Media Experience

            Notice
This is not tech support
      I am a volunteer

 Solutions that work for
me may not work for you

Proceed at your own risk- Hide quoted text -

- Show quoted text -

Thank you very much for the link to Photo Story. I'm trying it out
now!!

Chris B.
 
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John Inzer

CJB said:
Thank you very much for the link to Photo Story. I'm trying it out
now!!

Chris B.
====================================
You're welcome.

Thanks for the update.

--

J. Inzer MS-MVP
Digital Media Experience

Notice
This is not tech support
I am a volunteer

Solutions that work for
me may not work for you

Proceed at your own risk
 

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