iMovie -- adding jpegs question

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Fishrrman, Jun 20, 2017.

  1. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    Feb 20, 2009
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    iMovie beginner here, I apologize for the simplicity of the question.

    iMovie 9
    OS 10.11.6 El Capitan
    MacBook Pro 2015

    What I want to do:
    Import a single jpg from desktop into iMovie.
    Not from iPhoto or Photos, but a pic right from a folder on the desktop

    What I've done:
    Gone to the import photo pane - ok
    Added folder which contains jpg - ok
    Dragged that jpg into project window area - ok
    The clip now appears in the project window - ok
    BUT...

    What's wrong:
    The photo doesn't "show up" in the "viewer" to the right
    The photo doesn't appear when I click the spacebar to "play through" it.

    I'm doing something wrong.
    What is it?
    Do the imported photos have to be in a certain format?
    If so, which one?
    I notice that if I try to edit the photo's "properties", all I see in "the editing window" is a solid color, not the pic itself.

    Any guidance appreciated.
     
  2. Fishrrman thread starter macrumors G4

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    #2
    Here's a followup to the original post above.

    I did some researching on the net, and found that with El Capitan (and later, I think), iMovie 09 will not properly import a jpg -unless- it is 1080p (or, perhaps, smaller) in size.

    OK, but...
    ...how does one -controllably- crop an image to 1920x1080?

    By "controllably", I mean I'd like to "crop out" within the image the selection I want (for my 1080p file).
    However, simply drawing a "crop rectangle" tool across an image will not produce a result that is EXACTLY 1920x1080.

    I understand that Photoshop can do this, but I don't need PS and I don't feel like paying for it to simply resize a few images to use in iMovie.

    Are there any other Mac-specific apps or tools "out there" that can do this to "prep" photos for importing into iMovie?
     
  3. steve123 macrumors regular

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    Aug 26, 2007
    #3
    There are a few. Affinity Photos and Pixelmator should be able to do this for you.
     
  4. kohlson macrumors 6502a

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    Apr 23, 2010
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    If you just want to resize, use the Preview app which comes with every Mac. Does this and other simple edit things, too.
     

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