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So just clicking the Slideshow button is great for watching slideshows in iPhoto, but if you want to watch them outside of iPhoto, then you really need to export them. And the best way to export movies is to actually create a slideshow project, like the one that I created down here for Kauai. So, I thought I just walk you through those steps quickly so you can see how to do this. So, let's create a slideshow project for Germany. So, you go up to File > New and then you go down here to Slideshow and this is how you create the project.
So, you select the group that you want to be the components of the project and then do this right here. Quicker than you can say slideshow, you have a new project down here and you can rename it if you want and you have a bunch of slides up there, which is terrific. Now, the nice thing about when you're working on a project is you can move stuff around and do more artistic things. All of your Themes, Music, and Settings that you had from the previous slideshow methods are here. They're just illustrated one at a time instead of a tabbed environment, so you can get to everything that you need to get to.
So you can further customize it. And when you have everything the way that you want, then just click the Export button and this is the real reason why we're here right. So, you click Export and you have all these presets. You have four of them and they're terrific. And so all we have to sort of do is decide well what is it that you want to play on and want to play on these. Click on Large, click Export, and iPhoto will take care of the rest for you.
Now, watch out for this little box here. This can throw you. If you have it checked, it will automatically launch iTunes and put the slideshow in there. If you are not expecting that, it can catch you off guard. Most of the time I uncheck it and I just want my slideshow to live on the desktop where I can send it where it needs to go. But if you do want it to go to iTunes, check that box. And then for those of you that like to have your own settings, you have Custom Export right here. You have some presets but what most customizers are going to want is the movie, the QuickTime movie, and then click the Options button and then here you have all of your goodies.
So that's for those of you that really know how to do this and you want to do it the old-fashioned way, that's the way you do it. So, I don't want to do that way. I'm going to do a preset. So I am going to go to Export and I want a large one and I don't want to go to iTunes. I am going to click Export. It's going to ask me where I want to go. Let's send it to the desktop and click OK. Now, this is kind of funny. You get to watch your slideshow in full time as it exports.
Okay now as iPhoto is wrapping up our slideshow. It should be on your desktop. Let's go find out. There it is and it has named it. I'm going to right-click on it just to make sure it opens with QuickTime. Oops! See? When it saves it in this format, this .m4v, generally speaking the default is going to be iTunes and you are going to end up right back there in iTunes anyway, which I don't want to do. I want to watch it in QuickTime Player.
So, I just right-clicked on that to bring up this menu to open with QuickTime Player and there is my slideshow right here. (Music Playing) Now, we didn't pick a very exciting theme or anything, but any theme that you pick and all the settings that you choose will be embedded in the slideshow and it will be authored correctly.
And now once you have it, you can basically do anything you want with it. So, this is how you export a slideshow out of iPhoto, so that you can share it with anyone, even as an email attachment if it's not too big. Not too hard to do.
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