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This course covers the entire photographic workflow in Apple Aperture, from import to enhancement to output. Author Derrick Story covers organizing image collections with star ratings, labels, and Smart Albums, and using the image editing tools to adjust exposure, retouch flaws, and correct color balance issues. And one of the most noteworthy features in Aperture is explored in detail: its ability to store video clips alongside the stills from digital cameras, then combine them to create stunning multimedia slideshows.
This course was updated on 10/03/12. Updated movies cover the features added through version 3.3, including Retina display support, iCloud photo sharing, streamlined integration with iPhoto, and much more.
So one of the big changes to Aperture 3 is that we can manage the video content that we capture with our digital camera. We can import it and then we can do great stuff with it once it's in the Aperture library. But just like with photos we have to get it in Aperture before we can start doing something with it. And so I want to go over that right now in the Import dialog box. Here we are. We're in import right now and we can tell because it says Import right here.
Here is our memory card. Here are the shots that we've been looking at and playing with, and they are all of our still photos. But I know there is a movie on here too. And I just want to import the movie right now. I don't want to bring anything else in. So I go to my Import Settings pop- up menu and I make sure that the File Types brick is in front and center, and of course that's right here. There is File Types. So here it is right here. We have all of our other stuff, but now what I want to do is I want to exclude the photos and I only want to see the video.
So I'm just going to click the Exclude Photos box and suddenly, lo and behold, my only movie that's on my card here shows up right here and it's all ready to import. I can do a little bit of metadata stuff here. So for instance, we'll just put in movie, and we'll let everything else stay the same. If I want to check any of its data, I can go to File Info and I'll click on the movie itself and indeed it is a .MOV file. I can see how big it is and this can be important if you are bringing it into your Aperture Library as a managed library.
We know it's going to go right there on your computer's hard drive. If you can run movies as referenced files also, keep that in mind, and of course, if you wanted to go that route, as we talked about before then you would go to the Store Files pop-up menu and you would choose the connected hard drive where you wanted that master file to live. In this case we're going to go ahead and put it in our Aperture library, so I will leave it right where it is. I'm going to have it go in the Great Outdoors project.
So I think we're all set. I think we've got everything set up the way that we want. I mean the big thing here is this checkbox because when it's not checked we see all the other stuff and the minute that we check it, we exclude those photos. We see just the movie files that are on here. It's checked and ready to go. So now I'm going to import it and we're off to the races, we're all done. So I'll click Done. And here we are and here's our movie right here, mixed in with everything else.
So now we have movie files in with our still photos. This is the way you control them on import. We'll talk about managing them once you have them in your Aperture library in an upcoming movie.
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