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Working with iMovie and iDVD

This guide provides step-by-step processes in iMovie such as creating new projects and events, capturing video, trimming and editing clips, adding text, transitions and effects, and exporting. Also, there is a section dedicated to burning media with iDVD.

Saving and Moving Projects and Events

Want to move your iMovie project to a different hard drive, disk, or computer? Follow these guides!

As you may have noticed, iMovie does not have a Save or Save As command. This is because iMovie automatically saves your project and events in folders on the computer's harddrive. This feature helps prevent you from losing work because it auto-saves, however, it does make moving projects a bit tricky! Follow the steps in the links below help you properly move your iMovie projects and events and prevent any loss of f files.


Step-by-step guides on how to move iMovie projects:
 

iMovie '11: Copy or move a project to an external hard disk

Export Master (Highest Quality - DVDs)

 If your project settings are set up correctly, this will be the highest-quality video possible for your project.  You can later use this MOV for burning to DVD using iDVD (Mac) or Windows DVD Maker (Windows).

1.   Click Share > Export using QuickTime…

 

2.   An Export dialog will appear 

 

  •  In the Save As field:
       ◊ Choose a name for your video.
     
  • Click on the Where: dropdown
      ◊ Choose a save location, such as your external hard drive.
     
  • Make sure “Movie to QuickTime Movie” is selected for “Export.”

3.   Click “Options…” button

 

4.   Under Video, click “Settings…”

 

  • Select “Apple ProRes 422” for “Compression Type.”
     
  • Click “OK.”

5.   Under Video, click “Size…”

  • Select “1920 x 1080 HD” for 1920 x 1080 or 1440 x 1080 (1080p, hi-def) videos, “1280 x 720 HD” for 1280 x720 (720p, hi-def) videos, or “640 x 480 VGA” for 720x480 (SD, standard def) videos for “Dimensions.”
     
  • Click “OK.”

6.    Under Sound, click “Settings…”

 

  • Select “Best” for “Quality.”
     
  • Click “OK.”

✳ You can check the “Prepare for Internet Streaming” box and select “Fast Start.”  It is recommended to uncheck this box.

  • Click “OK.”

7.   Click “Save.”

Export H.264 (Compressed Quality - Streaming, YouTube)

This will be a compressed MOV version of your project that is recommended for nearly all means of distribution, including being uploaded to YouTube or any other video sharing website.

1.   Click Share > Export using QuickTime…

 

2.   An Export dialog box will appear

 

  • Save As:
       ◊ Choose a name for your video.
     
  • In the Where: dropdown, choose a save location, such as your external hard drive.
     
  • Make sure “Movie to QuickTime Movie” is selected for “Export.”

3.   Click “Options…”

 

Exporting 1920x1080 or 1440x1080 (1080p) footage

 

Exporting 1280x720 (720p) footage

 

Exporting 720x480 (SD) footage

4.   Under Video, click “Settings…”

 

Exporting 1080p example

 

  • Select “H.264” for “Compression Type.”
     
  • Select “Automatic” for “Key Frames.”
     
  • Uncheck the “Frame Reordering” box.
     
  • Select “Restrict to” and enter a value between 5000-8000 kbits/sec for “Data Rate.”
     
  • Select Streaming for Optimized for.
     
  • Click OK.

5.   Under Video, click Size…

 

  •  Select “1920 x 1080 HD” for 1920x1080 or 1440x1080 (1080p) videos, “1280 x 720 HD” for 1280x720 (720p) videos, or “640 x 480 VGA” for 720x480 (SD) videos for Dimensions.
     
  •  Click OK.

               ✳  You can check the “Prepare for Internet Streaming” box and select Hinted Streaming.

  •  Click OK.

6.   Click Save.

Additional Resources

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