Can't import iPhoto-created slideshow into iMovie

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by frfinch, May 31, 2008.

  1. frfinch macrumors newbie

    May 31, 2008
    I have a new iMac which I bought primarily to use for photo and movie editing. It has iLife '08, and in general I've had pretty good luck with it.

    My first big project was creating a slideshow in iPhoto, moving it to iMovie, adding some music and special effects there, and moving it to iDVD where I burned the final product to DVD. The final product was actually very good, although I saw some errors (e.g. Ken Burns effect cut some heads off, etc.)

    I thought the second iteration would be very easy, but I have really gotten stuck. I went back to my original iPhoto slideshow and fixed the Ken Burns effect, added a few new slides, etc., and ended up with a "perfected" version that I exported to become a Quick Time movie (.mov file.)

    The problem is now I can't seem to import that .mov file into iMovie. It always shows up "grayed out." Thus it seems to be unavailable to me. Could it have something to do with the fact this is a very similar project to my previous edition?

    Anybody have any suggestions for me?
  2. Wingnut330 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2008
    Central Ohio - USA
  3. huntercr macrumors 65816

    Jun 6, 2006
    try converting the resulting quicktime file to the DV codec before opening it with iMovie.

    I know it isn't good for your purposes now, but I can't recommend FotoMagico ( google for it ) more strongly for stuff like this. It is far superior than iPhoto's slide show stuff and integrates perfectly with iPhoto, iMovie and iDVD.
  4. Mattaut macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2008
    Thats pretty weird, I can import .mov files I export from iPhoto just fine. One thing I always do is uncheck the box next to "Add currently selected slideshow music to movie." If there is no music in your slideshow and that box is checked that might be the problem.
  5. JimBunch macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2009
    I have the same problem with grayed out slideshow mov files in iMovie. I went back to iPhoto and removed the music from the slideshow and then I could import the slideshow mov file into iMovie.

    Now, how can I add music back into the slideshow with iMovie or maybe iDVD?
  6. DPA macrumors 65816


    Import the music/audio file in iMovie separate from your video. When you have the option to export the slideshow as a .mov file, choose to only export it as video. Then, make sure the audio is in a folder where you can find it. When you open iMovie, Import your slideshow and import the audio. You can then go about using iDVD the same way you would with a iMovie project.


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