using the iMovie program

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by MikeAppz, May 1, 2006.

  1. MikeAppz macrumors member

    Apr 7, 2006
    I am using iMovie for the first time and its a lot of fun. I noticed however that the size of my movie file after 1 minutes worth of movie and sound is at about 670 MB. I was curious if there is a way or format to make the movies a smaller size. I want to make my video about 2 and a half minutes but have it only be 50 or 60 megabites, something that I have seen before with football highlight videos. Can I do this?
  2. atmenterprises macrumors regular

    Jan 28, 2006

    When you've finished your movie, go to File -> Export. You can export your movie to a Quicktime file that is compressed to various sizes.

    I was able to take a movie that was 870 MB full size down to 2.5 MB so it would fit on my cellular phone.
  3. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    You want to export it to be a smaller size. If your iMovie file is 670MB that's the full file at whatever res you put it in at.

    If you click on Share in the file menu, you'll see a few options depending on where you are sending it to. People viewing online will accept a lower size/quality than if you were putting it on DVD for example.

    At 2-3 minutes, it should be quite possible get a good quality one down to 10-20MBs. Someone did post a very good guide to exporting Movies a few months back but I can't recall it at the moment.
  4. Texas04 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 2, 2005
    Yes, try some of the presets and things, it should work very well.

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