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Importing movies from iMovie '09

From: iDVD '09 Essential Training

Video: Importing movies from iMovie '09

At the beginning of this chapter, I promise to show you the workflow for getting a movie from iMovie '09 into iDVD '09. So let's take a look at how we do that? Now we have seen in this chapter that when you go to the Media Browser and go to Movies, you can access your iMovie projects from here. But notice that some of my projects, in fact most of my projects, when they are selected give me this message saying this iMovie project can't be used because it hasn't been prepared for sharing yet. To prepare it for sharing open it in iMovie and choose Share > Media Browser. So you can only bring in an iMovie movie if it has been prepared for sharing.

Importing movies from iMovie '09

At the beginning of this chapter, I promise to show you the workflow for getting a movie from iMovie '09 into iDVD '09. So let's take a look at how we do that? Now we have seen in this chapter that when you go to the Media Browser and go to Movies, you can access your iMovie projects from here. But notice that some of my projects, in fact most of my projects, when they are selected give me this message saying this iMovie project can't be used because it hasn't been prepared for sharing yet. To prepare it for sharing open it in iMovie and choose Share > Media Browser. So you can only bring in an iMovie movie if it has been prepared for sharing.

So let's switch over to iMovie and see what that means. Now this is not an iMovie tutorial so I'm not going to get into all the details of how to create an iMovie project. You can check out iMovie '09 Essential Training on the Lynda.com online training library for a thorough tutorial on iMovie. But let's go ahead and create a new project by choosing File > New Project. Let me call this one Bryce Canyon Trip, keep the Aspect Ratio at Widescreen, no Theme and Click Create. Here I have a new blank iMovie project and now I need to import some footage so I can edit it together. So I'm going to choose File > Import > Movies.

And on my Desktop I'll go into exercise files, Southern Utah and I'm just going to grab a coupe of different movies here. I'm going to hold down the Command key or Apple key on my keyboard and just select a couple of these. I'll Clouds Time Lapse, flowers, let's grab Stacks and maybe one more, we'll do the Sunset Time Lapse. I'm going to create a new event. And events in iMovie are just like events in iPhoto. You can have events for birthdays or holidays or anything you like. So I'm just going to create a new event to keep this organized. And I'll just call this Southern Utah. And I'm going to copy the files instead of moving them because I want to keep the original files in my exercise files folder.

So iMovie will just take a minute to import those files. And if I look over here in my Event Library, right here is the event footage that I just imported, Southern Utah. And if you've never worked with iMovie before, I'll just give you the very basics of how to edit a clip together. Basically, in the lower portion of the window here, we're looking at our event browser. This is where we can browse through the different clips that we just imported. And if you want to use any of these clips in your project, you simply just Click-and-drag to select the portion of that clip and then drag that portion into your project.

And I'll just continue doing that, I'll just grab maybe two or three seconds of each one these clips. You have to grab the flowers next, and I'll just grab this nice long sunset. And then we could things like add Transitions, where I'll grab the Fade to Black at the end then also put one at the beginning so that we can fade into our video. And then we've got this added some nice Cross Dissolves between each of these clips.

Right, so let's take a look at this. I'm just going to place my cursor at the beginning of the project and press the Spacebar on my keyboard to start playing. And then we have this nice sunset. Just jump ahead by Clicking and hitting the Spacebar again. And then it fades to black. That's a very quickly assembled iMovie project. We could do tons more of this, but this will suffice for what I want to show you. There are two ways to get your movies into iDVD from iMovie. And both options appear under the Share menu.

The most obvious method is to choose Share > iDVD. And just like that iMovie starts processing the project and once its done iDVD will pop up in. Now I already had a project open in iDVD, it's asking if I want to save the current project. I'm going to say yes, so I don't lose any of my work. And now I'm looking at a new project called Bryce Canyon Trip, which was the name of the project that I created in iMovie. And you can see there is one movie here called Bryce Canyon Trip and if I Double-Click on it, it takes me right into my movie and now I'm watching my iMovie, created movie here in iDVD.

And I'm free to do anything else I want to this project. For instance, if I want to change the theme, I can come in here and pick a different theme. So that's pretty easy, just create an edit your movie in iMovie and then choose Share > iDVD to send the entire movie over to iDVD. And again once your movie is in iDVD you can continue customizing the project by adding additional videos and photos or creating sub-menus or whatever else you want to add to the disk. So that's one way to send your iMovie project to iDVD. The other way, as I mentioned previously, is to go to the Media Browser and you can see that my Bryce Canyon Trip project is now listed here under Movies in iMovie.

But I still see this message telling me that I can't use it because it hasn't been prepared for sharing yet. So let's go back to iMovie. So I'm going to show you how to prepare your movie for sharing via the Media Browser. And basically the Media Browser appears in some form in just about all the other iLife applications. And it allows you to share the content you create in one iLife application with other iLife applications. For example, we've already seen how you can access your GarageBand and iTunes music and your iPhoto pictures directly in iDVD through the Media Browser. Well in order to access your iMovie projects from the Media Browser, you need to prepare the movie for sharing and to do so with your projects open, choose Share > Media Browser.

So the advantage of exporting to the Media Browser is that you can create a version or versions of your movie that can then be accessed and used in other iLife applications that support movies. So by exporting to the Media Browser, I'll be able to access and use the movie in iDVD as well as in, say, GarageBand and iWeb for example. And we have choices in here for what sizes we want the movie to be. We have Tiny, Mobile, Medium, Large and HD. Not all of these options will always be available. If you imported a lower resolution video file, maybe you shot it on your digital still camera or possibly your cell phone, you probably won't be able to select the Large or HD versions of the file because the original file was smaller than the dimensions mentioned over here on the right.

But if they are available to be checked, you could check all five of these different versions if you want to, and that way you'll have five different sizes of movies to use in the different iLife applications. You could use the Tiny or Mobile version for posting on a webpage using iWeb or maybe Medium or Large or HD versions for publishing to YouTube or putting your movie into an iDVD project. If you are going to be using your video in an iDVD project, definitely export the highest resolution version you can. But bear in mind, if you do check all five of these options, you will have to wait while iMovie exports each version one at a time, so it may take a while.

But I'll publish, say, the Medium and the Large versions just so you can see the results and I'll Click Publish. So iMovie is now going to generate the Large version of the movie and the Medium version of the movie, so this could take a little while but this is a relatively short video, so it shouldn't take too long and will actually just speed this process up. There it is. Now again, that actually did take longer than what you just saw there, we just sped the process up in editing so you won't have to sit there and watch your progress bar move across the screen. So let's switch back to iDVD, and now when I look in my Media Browser, notice with Bryce Canyon Trip selected, I have both the Large and the Medium version of the files now available. So for instance here in this project, maybe I'll just delete this version on the movie I imported first. And I'll drag in the Large version of the movie, and there it is.

And again, I have basically the same results as I had when I sent the movie from iMovie over using the Share menu and choosing iDVD. So I created this movie in iMovie, I shared it to the Media Browser and then from the Media Browser in iDVD, I dragged it into my project. And again, the advantage of exporting to the Media Browser is I can now access these movies from other programs. So for example, if I were to open up iWeb, and open up its Media Browser by Clicking Show Media, here under Movies I can go to Bryce Canon Trip and I see the exact same two videos available here. And maybe I want to grab the Medium version for posting this on the web, drag this into the placeholder that I have here, and there it is.

So that's the advantage of using the Media Browser. But again, if you're only really interested in sending a movie from iMovie to iDVD without any extra steps and without making the movie available to the other iLife applications, just choose Share > iDVD and your movie will get exported and optimized for iDVD and sent over in just one step. So those are the methods for sending your iMovie projects to iDVD. iMovie '09 does have a newly reintroduced ability to add chapter markers to your movies, which automates the creation of scene selection menus in iDVD. But I'll talk about that in the next chapter.

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