Can I save QuickTime video from iMovie to flash drive

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by TabBaldwin, Feb 3, 2014.

  1. TabBaldwin macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2013
    More importantly, can a QuickTime video saved to a flash drive play on a Windows pc?

    I'm a new Mac user creating a slideshow for my mom's future memorial service (she is 95 and in Hospice).

    I created several slideshows in iPhoto. I broke them down to match individual music choices since I couldn't figure out how to stitch songs together in GarageBand. I have the effects and music like I want them to be, and now I've exported them as QuickTime movies under custom settings for best quality.

    I currently have them in iMovie in the order I want them and am figuring out how to fade out audio, etc., to make it a little smoother.

    When I get it like I want it, I'll be ready to save it as finished. I do DVD or flash drive? I bought one of the last iMacs that had a DVD burner, and I've located a copy of iDVD, so I can go that route, but I heard that the quality isn't very good.

    The funeral home has a projector hooked up to a pc, so I could use something other than DVD.

    Any ideas on the best approach?

    Thank you for any help or guidance you can offer!
  2. steveh552 macrumors regular

    Jan 30, 2014
    I do not have an answer to this but I'm sorry to hear about your mother. I went through this last year myself and due it the funeral homes setup and me not having a Mac I used a PC and ace a slide show.
  3. daybreak macrumors 6502a

    Sep 4, 2009
    You can create a slideshow in iMovie when making a DVD. I'm sure even iPhoto will let you burn a slideshow.
    Sorry to hear the bad news. I hope when the time comes it will be a smoth transformation.
    Sorry I cant be more precise, but go on YouTube and key in iMovie slideshow.
  4. Unami macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2010
    afaik, you need quicktime on a pc to play quicktime files. but usually you can rename .mov files to .mp4 and they should play just fine on windows (as long as they are compressed in h.264, which should be the case here).

    to be sure, download a portable media player, like vlc portable ( ) and out it on the memory stick - you can play it back with that

    DVDs are just in SD-resolution. quality should be good, but they are just not as hi-res as a hd-video.
  5. sjschall macrumors newbie

    Dec 4, 2013
    Also sorry to hear about your mom. Chances are that the projector is not HD anyways, so a DVD might be just fine quality wise. I would do both - burn from iMovie onto a DVD, then export from iMovie as a quicktime movie and transfer to a flash drive. That way you can test both at the funeral home and use what works best. One final note, I would recommend moving the quicktime file from the flash drive onto the PC before you play it, instead of playing it from the flash drive.
  6. TabBaldwin thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2013
    Thank you for the replies. And the suggestions. I will try both ways, and I even have an old laptop pc that I'll try it out on, AND just realized I could always take it with me and play from it! I think....and hope. I live several states away and can't visit the funeral home in advance. I have to resave the movie as mpeg4 or just "change the name"?


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