Imovie 11 to Native file?

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  1. Tcoury macrumors newbie

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    Help! I'm a kid book author and I've been limping around doing Imovie book trailers (trained at the apple store) for a couple of years , but today I was asked by an editor to send the native file. I have been giving the you tube embedding or burning a cd, but now I feel out of my league. Do I import it into Quicktime, (and do what with it?) or put it on my mobile me account or finale cut studio pro (God help me if I have to do that) Of course my one on one apple store guys can't schedule me for weeks. I have a Mac book Pro 17 inch with a 1.7 processor (and a very cool Motion 4 program.) This movie is published and shared with Youtube.
     
  2. martinX macrumors 6502a

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    A native iMovie file would be a Quicktime movie using the AIC codec, but it's not clear if that's what they want because we don't know what they want to do with it exactly.

    Do they want your project's source files to do further editing, or do they want a high quality, not-very-compressed Quicktime for high quality local playback and viewing or do they want something they can email around the place?

    I think the answers to these questions will guide the next step.

    For example, it's possible they have a pro at the other end who has said "get me the source/original/native files so I can do the XYZ you've asked me to do" and the next person in the chain isn't really that technical so they're asking for "native files" without really knowing why. And since you (the bunny at the end) don't exactly know what they are asking for, nor why they are asking for it, it's all a bit confusing for all concerned. Maybe they want to put it in a presentation and it would look better as a "native" file rather than a YouTube version.
     
  3. Tcoury thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Just to pass it around the book trailer

    Thanks for answering. They just want to post the video on relative sites like Amazon author pages. It is done and no one gets to edit it but me, but it has been approved.

    1.I quicktimed for the web, Will that work?

    2. Or should I post it on Mobile Me and let them share?

    I am relieved that they really don't know either.
     
  4. martinX macrumors 6502a

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    https://authorcentral.amazon.com/gp/help?ie=UTF8&topicID=200418470

    They don't mention frame size, though. Remember that no matter what is uploaded to Amazon, they will re-encode (i.e. re-compress) it to whatever delivery format they use.

    That should work fine, but I can't vouch for quality. Sometimes you just have to have a go. What frame size is the QuickTime for web movie?
     
  5. zblaxberg Guest

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    I've only used previous versions of iMove however if there is an "export quicktime movie" option, that is what they'll want. They want the large file when they say native, not some compressed for web video.
     
  6. KeithPratt macrumors 6502a

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    "Native" means the format it was originated/edited in. MartinX is probably right about it being Apple Intermediate Codec. I've not used iMovie in years — can you export a Quicktime movie in that codec?
     
  7. martinX macrumors 6502a

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    It'd be too big to upload to Amazon - they have a 500 MB limit. I wouldn't be sure if Amazon could use it either. ProRes and AIC are QuickTime-only codecs.
     
  8. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    An AIC file is very definitely not native. The name, Apple Intermediate Codec, explicitly states that it has been transcoded from some other format. "Native" clearly means the files that came out of the camcorder. It does not mean the files that were exported from iMovie. The editor wants files that have not been transcoded and have not been edited. This is important because information is lost each time video is transcoded.

    If the OP no longer has access to the original source video, then he has no choice but to transcode what he has into the closest approximate format to native. This will be [mini] DV, HDV, or such like.
     
  9. KeithPratt macrumors 6502a

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    AIC would be native if the whole thing was generated in iMovie, without any "video" footage. Which I figured might be the case. If not, I think the only thing iMovie would be able to work with natively (ingest to output) is DV.

    I thought this was being sent to an editor, not uploaded directly to Amazon...
     
  10. Tcoury thread starter macrumors newbie

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    This is the spec the editor just sent.

    I asked what format (sounding like I knew what I was talking about.) Theses
    are the specs she sent me.

    Amazon.com Video and Audio Delivery Specs
    Content Specs
    --Keep videos under 4 minutes
    --Keep the file size under 100MB
    --For video, MOV, MPEG-2, WMV formats only
    --For audio, MP3 and WMV are recommended - RM and MP4 are accepted, but not optimal
    --No external links or direction to URLs
    --If the video is an exclusive, reference Amazon (not Amazon.com) so that we can use it internationally
    --Slate graphics should be 320x240 and no larger than 20k
    --Slate copy should not run along the bottom of the graphic as the Play button on the Amazon Media Player is centered along the bottom

    Delivery
    --We recommend publishers post their content on their own FTP sites. Provide a user/password so that we can pull the files down.
    --If FTP is not possible, please put the content on a disc and mail it to the Editor or Specialist.
    --You can also try using http://www.yousendit.com/ to send us large files.
     
  11. Tcoury thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I forgot to tell you about the file

    I forgot to say that my Quick time movie of the trailer is 720p.mov and 64MB.
    Will that work or is it too hard to send email? Am I still looking to publish in sharing in mobile me?
    And I also forgot to say Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!
     

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