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Subject:   Sound annotations?
Date:   2005-01-20 05:26:26
From:   domo
My camera can create .WAV files as sound annotations to pictures. Would iPhoto 5 do anything useful with these? (Or am I stuck with using Canon's functional if limited and depressingly Windows 95-styled ImageBrowser?)
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  • Derrick Story photo RE: Sound annotations?
    2005-01-20 09:08:51  Derrick Story | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

    I'm wondering about that myself. I'll test today and post my results. I don't even have a guess right now...
    • Derrick Story photo I tested Sound annotations - the results
      2005-01-20 13:58:12  Derrick Story | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

      Well, looks like bad news here for those of you who use sound annotations. In my tests, iPhoto 5 would not recognize the .wav files generated by both my Olympus C-5050 and Contax SL300RT.

      There is a workaround here. It could be a whole article, but for now this will get you on the right track.

      I thought at first I could just convert the .wav files to .mov files and iPhoto would accept them. But it didn't. I figured out that iPhoto was looking for a video track in the file, not just pure audio. So I added a few seconds of "black" (a 320x240 image using the "Add" command in QT Pro). I then exported the sound annotation using the "Photo-Jpeg" compressor for the video track (the black frame) and "MPEG-4" for audio (formerly the .wav file captured by the camera). iPhoto 5 gobbled it right up, and I could add it to my library.

      This might sound like a lot of work, but you could use AppleScript to automate the whole process in just a few minutes. Just keep the file names the same so they match up to the images that the voice notes are for.
      • Derrick Story photo Check this out...
        2005-01-20 14:16:02  Derrick Story | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

        Instead of adding black to the voice annotation, I exported out of iPhoto the actual picture the sound annotation was associated with. I used the Export command, Jpeg format, at 640x480.

        I then dragged the jpeg on to QuickTime Player to open the image in QT, selected all, and copied.

        I then opened my .wav file in QuickTime, used the "Add Scaled" command, and QuickTime created a video track using the picture. Since I used Add Scaled, the photo is displayed for the entire duration of the audio track. I then exported as described earlier, then imported the new file into iPhoto.

        I now have the actual photo displayed in iPhoto while the sound plays. Forget trying to match up sound annotations with the parent images. You can now link show/play both at the same time in iPhoto.

        Try it. It's very cool.
        • Check this out...
          2005-01-21 00:07:55  domo [View]

          Thanks! Time to get scripting ...