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Once your movie is complete, it's time to share it with friends, family, or the rest of the world. And in this day and age, there are lots of ways to do it. You can send your movie to your iPod; you can post it to a MobileMe web gallery; you can burn it to a DVD; you can post it on YouTube; or just save it to your Mac as a QuickTime file and decide what to do with it later. So in this last chapter, I am going to walk you through the various methods you can use to share your completed iMovie Project. I am going to go back to my Project Library and open up the Surfing Ventura project we've been working with this entire time.
Now, each time you export your from iMovie it has to be compressed, which can take a fair amount of time depending on the length of your movie and speed of your Mac. So in the interest of saving time, I am going to truncate my movie a little bit, so you don't have to sit here and watch it compress forever. So let's see. I am just going to get rid of these credit sequences, the still image. I don't really need that either. All right, that will probably do. We're only at 48 seconds right now. So all the options for sharing your movie are found here under the Share menu.
Now, I am going to start with iTunes first and talk about the Media Browser in the next movie. I think it helps to make more sense of how these options relate to each other to do it this way. So let's choose to send this movie to iTunes, which is best for when you want to put a copy of your movie on your iPod, or if you want to view it with Front Row or on your Apple TV, if you have on. So I'll select iTunes. Now, this dialog box is going to look very similar, no matter which Share Option you choose. So you can see at the top it says Publish your project to iTunes, and you can choose what size movie you want to export based on where you'll be viewing your movie.
So we have Mobile, Medium, Large, HD 720p, HD 1080p. Now, depending on the original resolution of your video, all of these options might not be available. For example, HD 1080p won't be available unless your footage was 1920 x 1080 to begin with. Or anything over the Large size might not be available if your original footage was under 960 x 540. In this case my footage was at a high enough resolution that all the options are available. So maybe for this example I'll choose to export both a mobile and a Medium file.
Now, these dots that appear in each options' row give you an idea of what device a movie at this size will look good on, or will even play on. For example, if you export an HD 1080Pp video, that's going to be way too large a resolution for a regular iPod to play. But fortunately, as you saw, you can check as many of these boxes as you like to export multiple versions to iTunes. But it will take longer because iMovie has to compress each movie individually. Notice you can also see some more information about how each version will be exported if you roll over the i icon. So, for example, the Mobile file will be compressed with the H.264 codec.
It will be 24 frames per second, 1 megabit per second, and the file size will be about 6.1 megabytes. The most important thing that probably concerns you with this information is how large the file is going to be. So you can see if I go all the way up to 1080, this would be a 121-megabyte file. But since I am exporting at Medium, it's only going to be 10.3 megabytes, while the mobile one is only 6.1. Now, that is just an approximate estimate, but the files will be just around those sizes. So with those options checked, let's go ahead and click Publish.
So iMovie has to prepare the project, and then it starts creating the movies based on the options you chose. And it's doing it fairly quickly because this is a relatively short movie. And once the Medium project is done, you can see it's now creating the Mobile movie. And once the export is done, you can see it pops us over to iTunes. If I go check out my Recently Added Smart Playlist here, and you can see, sure enough, those are the two movies that we just added. And now I can play them on my Mac from here just by double-clicking either one. It might be kind of hard to tell here, but this is the Mobile version, so it's looking kind of pixelated as this larger resolution here. I can close that.
Maybe check out the Medium version, and it look a little bit better. (Garrick: It was a great chance to try out our new cameras.) I will jump ahead here. That was the effect we added earlier. Let me close that. So that's it. I now have two copies of my movie stored in iTunes, and I can now play them on my Mac from here or export a copy to my iPhone or iPod or iPad, or even play it through my Apple TV, if I have one.
Also, notice, if I go back to iMovie now, I see this message telling me that I've shared this project to iTunes. Clicking this iTunes icon gives me the options to visit, meaning I can go to iTunes to see the movie, I can publish to iTunes if I want to publish different versions of that over to iTunes again, or I can remove the files from iTunes if I no longer want those files stored in iTunes. So that's how you export a copy or copies of your movie to iTunes.
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