Help with photo slideshow in iMovie

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by gauchogolfer, Aug 20, 2006.

  1. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

    gauchogolfer

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    I'm trying to make a photo slideshow in iMovie so that I can incorporate several songs and sound effects, titling, etc. When I import using the media browser the quality of the images seems greatly degraded on my screen. The images I'm starting with are 8MP RAW photos in iPhoto.

    Can I achieve full (or closer) resolution for my photos, or at least with less loss in quality compared to what I have now? Does it make more sense to make a slideshow in iPhoto and export it as a quicktime movie and import that directly into imovie? Thanks for any help you can provide.

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  2. balamw Moderator

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    Sounds like the resolution of your iMovie project is set too low. Are you perchance starting it as an MPEG-4 project instead of DV? It seems liek every time I do that I end up with 320x240 overcompressed junk. ;)

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  3. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    Yeah, I suppose it depends on what kind of movie project you start. I just tried with 720p and that looks OK using a picture from the movie browser. I can't tell for sure if there has been any loss of quality on top of the loss of resolution to 1280x720.
     
  4. gauchogolfer thread starter macrumors 603

    gauchogolfer

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    I'm actually incorporating them into a .dv (widescreen) file, along with other regular .dv footage.

    I've tried to do it separately as well, but with non-widescreen .dv , and the resolution seems to be the same. I'll give it another try this evening when I get home.

    Thanks.
     
  5. balamw Moderator

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    Perhaps you want to resize your images from 8MP down to closer to the resulution they will appear in in the slideshow (720x480 < 0.4 MP!) in iPhoto before creating the slideshow.

    I usually start with pictures that are in the 1024x1536 (1.5 MP) range...

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