Basic iMovie... so frustrated questions

I am a long time user of iMovie... This latest version 10.01 seems to have way back.

How can I select several photos on the timeline and change the duration?

Why the background music does not disappear when I add pictures?

I am so frustrated with this latest version - I used to be able to make very detailed editing and synchronization of music - now it feels like a roll of the dice.

I'm on the most recent and iMac, el capitan and iMovie last.


To change the duration of multiple photos, hold down the SHIFT key, and then select several photos.  In the toolbar at the top of your screen, click the information button (the one that has an i with a circle around it).  You will see a box below and to the right length.  Enter the desired time.   Press return on your keyboard.   All of your selected photos will now have the same duration.

The background music should not disappear when you add photos.  Don't know why you are having this problem.    However, if you delete the photo to which is attached the audio clip, the audio will be deleted as well.  If your problem persists, you might try a simple reboot, or move your videos to a newly created project.

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