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In iMovie '11 Essential Training, author Garrick Chow illustrates the process of creating high-quality video using iMovie '11. The course covers the entire post-production process, from importing audio, video, and still images to adding effects, creating trailers, and sharing your finished projects on social networks. Also included are tutorials on adjusting audio levels, automatically identifying clips that include faces, and using green screen effects. Exercise files accompany the course.
Now, let's look at some final options we have for exporting and sharing our iMovie project. Below the dividing line under the Share menu, we have Export Movie, Export using QuickTime, and Export Final Cut XML. Now, Export Movie is just like exporting to iTunes or to the Media Browser in terms of options. You can choose Mobile, Medium, Large, HD 720p, or HD 1080p. The only real difference here is that instead of storing the movie in iTunes or in the Media Browser, you're placing the movie somewhere on your Mac. Notice we can choose where we want to save this movie here.
I can then expand this and then pick any hard drive on my Mac or any other location on my Mac to save this movie. For instance, I might want to save a version on the Desktop. Actually, let's go ahead and select Desktop. So maybe, for example, you just edited a movie for a coworker as a favor and you have no need to keep copy of his nephew's eighth birthday party on your computer. You would just choose a save location, choose one of the sizes, and then click Export. Once the file is on your Mac, you can burn it to a disc or even e-mail it if it's small enough. Now the only thing all the share options have had in common up to this point is that the only decision you have to make, in fact the only decision you can make about the quality of the final movie is what size you want it to be.
iMovie uses these same five preset settings for all your movies. Now in most cases, this is probably all anyone is going to need. But if you know how to use QuickTime Pro and are educated in compression settings for video and audio, you might be looking to exert a little more control over your final project. Let me cancel out of here. So in times like that, you can choose Share > Export using QuickTime. Again, you can choose a location to where you want to save the movie. What this option gives you is complete manual control over the size and compression settings of the movie you export and what type of movie format you want to export.
So we can choose to export this to an Apple TV format, as an AVI file, as a DV stream, to the iPhone, as an MPEG-4, or you can even just export the audio track as an AIFF, an AU, or a Wave file. So you can choose from any of these preset settings, but if you know what you're doing--or even if you don't and you just want to experiment--you can choose Movie to QuickTime Movie and then click Options. From here, you have access to every single compression type that's available through QuickTime. Just go to Settings, and you can see all the different compression types that are available here.
You might even have more installed on your Mac. Now, we could literally have an entire several-hour-long tutorial on just using QuickTime Pro, but for now, just know that this option is available to people who want more control over the settings of the exported movie.
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