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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 take a look at how to share your videos from iMovie to Facebook. This requires that you have a Facebook account, but given that more than 250 million people have a Facebook account, chances are you're probably one of them. But if not, you can skip this movie. Now publishing to Facebook is incredibly simple, much like publishing to YouTube as we saw in a previous movie. In iMovie, just go to Share > Facebook. Here next to Accounts, you need to add your Facebook account. This is not my actual real Facebook account; this is just a fake Facebook account I've created, but it will work for this exercise.
Next, you can choose your privacy level by selecting who'll be able to see this video, and if you're a frequent user of Facebook, you're familiar with this dialog box. You can say Only Me, Only Friends, Friends of Friends, or Everyone, meaning everybody on Facebook could see this video. I'll choose Friends of Friends in this case, so that way people who are my friends and their friends will be able to see my video. So they have to have some kind of connection to me or people who know me in order to see this video. I'll leave the Title the same, I'll leave the Description the same. Then you could choose a size. Currently, you can publish up to HD 720p resolution videos on Facebook.
I suggest choosing the size for the best quality. Then click Next. You'll see the Terms of Service, which you'll agree to by clicking Publish. Now, it is possible you'll be asked to confirm and allow iMovie to publish to your Facebook account. If you see a message or web site like that pop-up, just agree and then come back to iMovie and then click Publish again. Now again, even though I've created other versions of this movie for iTunes, MobileMe, and YouTube, I have not yet created a 720p version of this movie, so iMovie has to create that for me first before it can upload it.
Had I wanted to upload, say, the Medium version of this movie, that's already sitting in my Media browser, and iMovie would've been able to just grab that one and immediately begin to upload it. But because this is the first time I've created a 720p movie, it has to create the movie for me first. And now we see that it's publishing to Facebook. Once it's done, you'll see the message that your video has been uploaded to Facebook, and again, like YouTube, it may take some time before your video is processed and viewable. The address is provided for you here in case you want to highlight and copy it and paste it into an e-mail.
Of course, you can always click Tell a Friend to send an e-mail, you can click View to go directly to the page, or click OK to close the dialog box. I'll try clicking View. Of course, it's going to ask me to log in, and this is the page where it will be published. Now currently, it's telling me that the video is still processing, but once it's done, I'll be able to come back to this page and see my video, and so will anybody else, depending on the Privacy Settings I've chosen for this video.
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