Listening to Audio and Viewing Video in the Viewer

If you have imported audio and video files into Aperture, you can use the Viewer to review and edit them.

Note: If you have a camera that can record audio annotations or you have manually attached an audio file to an image, you use the Metadata inspector to listen to and edit audio attachments. For more information about listening to audio attachments, see Viewing and Changing Metadata in the Metadata Inspector and Inspector HUD.

To listen to audio clips or view video clips imported into Aperture
  1. In the Library inspector, select an item that contains audio or video clips.

    The audio and video clips appear in the Browser as thumbnails.

  2. In the Browser, select either an audio or a video clip.

    Figure. Video clip badge on a video clip's thumbnail in the Browser.
  3. In the Viewer, do one of the following:

    • If you selected an audio clip: Audio controls with the audio clip’s filename appear in the Viewer. Click the Play button to listen to the audio clip, and use the playhead to navigate forward and backward.
      Figure. Audio clip controls in the Viewer.
    • If you selected a video clip: The video clip appears in the Viewer. Move the pointer over the Viewer, and the video controls appear. Click the Play button to view the video clip, and use the playhead to navigate forward and backward.
      Figure. Video clip controls in the Viewer.

Editing Audio Clips in the Viewer

You can edit the length of an audio clip using the audio controls in the Viewer. You adjust the length of an audio clip by clicking the Trim button, dragging the Start and End points to the positions where you want the audio to begin and end, and then clicking the Trim button again to apply the edit.

Figure. Audio clip controls in the Viewer.
To edit the length of an audio clip
  1. Select the audio clip in the Browser.

    The audio controls appear in the Viewer with the selected audio clip’s filename displayed at the top.

  2. In the Viewer, click the Trim button.

    The Trim controls appear.

  3. Click the Play button to listen to the audio clip and determine which parts of the audio you want to keep.

  4. Drag the Start point to the beginning of the audio you plan to use, and drag the End point to the position where you want the audio to end.

    Figure. Start and End points for an audio clip in the Viewer.

    The Trim button turns yellow, indicating that the length of the audio clip has changed.

  5. When you are satisfied with the length of the audio clip, click the Trim button.

The audio clip is trimmed.

Note: If you want to use more than one part of the audio clip, choose Photos > New Version from Master (or press Option-G) for each additional part of the clip you plan to use, and repeat the steps above.

Editing Video Clips in the Viewer

You can edit the length of a video clip using the video controls in the Viewer. You adjust the length of a video clip by choosing Trim from the Action pop-up menu for the video controls, dragging the Start and End points to the positions where you want the video clip to begin and end, and then clicking the Trim button to apply the edit. You can also set the poster frame of the video clip (the frame that visually represents the clip in the video’s thumbnail in the Browser) as well as create a JPEG image from any frame in the video clip.

Figure. Video clip controls in the Viewer.
To edit the length of a video clip
  1. Select the video clip in the Browser.

    The video appears in the Viewer.

  2. Move the pointer over the lower portion of the video in the Viewer.

    The video controls appear.

  3. Choose Trim from the Action pop-up menu for the video controls.

    The Trim controls appear.

  4. Click the Play button to view the video clip and determine which parts of the video you want to keep.

    Note: If you move the pointer away from the Trim controls, they disappear. Move the pointer over the lower portion of the Viewer to show them again.

  5. Drag the Start point to the beginning of the video you plan to use, and drag the End point to the position where you want the video to end.

    Figure. Start and End points for a video clip in the Viewer.

    The Trim button turns yellow, indicating that the length of the video clip has changed.

  6. When you are satisfied with the length of the video clip, click the Trim button.

The video clip is trimmed.

Note: If you want to use more than one part of the video clip, choose Photos > New Version from Master (or press Option-G) for each additional part of the clip you plan to use, and repeat the steps above.

To set the poster frame for the video clip’s thumbnail in the Browser
  1. Select the video clip in the Browser.

  2. Move the pointer over the lower portion of the video in the Viewer to show the video controls, then drag the playhead to the frame of video you want to set as the poster frame.

  3. Choose “Set as poster frame” from the Action pop-up menu for the video controls.

The video frame at the position of the playhead is set as the video clip’s poster frame, and the video clip’s thumbnail image in the Browser is updated.

To create a JPEG image from a video frame
  1. Select the video clip in the Browser.

  2. Move the pointer over the lower portion of the video in the Viewer to show the video controls, and then drag the playhead to the video frame from which you want to create a JPEG image.

  3. Choose “New JPEG from frame” from the Action pop-up menu for the video controls.

A JPEG image of the video frame is created, and the thumbnail image appears in a stack with the video clip in the Browser. For more information about working with stacks, see Stacking Images and Making Picks.