iMovie cropping photos.

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by skinnylegs, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. skinnylegs macrumors 65816

    skinnylegs

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    This is pretty much my first time making a movie with iMovie so forgive me if this question (and others to come) are basic. I *have* searched through Preferences and the like but can't find an answer to my question.

    I'm making a slideshow project. Some of my pictures appear to be shot in landscape mode and others appear to be vertically oriented. The pictures that are shot vertically oriented get cropped and you don't see the whole picture. I have posted an example of one of the photos and what it looks like in iMovie. I'm hoping there is a way to see the full picture.

    Thanks in advance.
     

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  2. MrCheeto macrumors 68030

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    Click on the image in the Project Browser (NOT the event browser) and type "c". This brings up the Crop menu.

    For images such as this you can "fit". This will create black bars on the sides of the image and make sure the entire image is displayed.

    You can also "Ken Burns". Once you select it you have 2 boxes in the preview window. One is where the shot will begin, the other is where it will end. You can make the camera pan the picture if you don't like the black bars of "fit".

    If you want to check out what can be done with iMovie, ALL of my videos are made ONLY using iMovie and Keynote (a presentation software) so I can send you a link to my channel and you can ask more.
     
  3. skinnylegs thread starter macrumors 65816

    skinnylegs

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    Thank you so much! Your explanation now makes clear what the Ken Burns effect does. So, I can crop my photo, have it fit with black bars or pan using Ken Burns. Makes sense!

    BTW...might you have linkage so I can check out some of your videos?
     
  4. MrCheeto macrumors 68030

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    I'll PM it to you.

    Also, when you drag clips to the Project Browser you will notice a "gear" icon on each clip when you hover your cursor over it. Click this gear to get all of the editing options for that clip, like Video to adjust the color and brightness and such, Crop to crop and rotate your clips, and Clip to adjust the speed and such of your clip.

    As well, this is a something you'd probably find out weeks from now but I think it could help with your current slideshow. You can press "command+c" to copy a clip and then click another clip and use "Edit>Paste Adjustments" to paste PROPERTIES onto other clips!

    So if you wanted to crop all of your images EXACTLY the same way, you can just do it to one clip, copy that clip by highlighting it and hitting Command+C, then clicking any other clip (one at a time) and going to Edit>Paste Adjustments>Crop.

    Enjoy.
     
  5. marksch macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I really have no clue about the answers given here.

    What is the Project Browser?

    I see the picture in two different places. Before I drag it into the time line, it is in the grid in the top-right. Afterwards, it is only in the time line. If I select the picture in either place and press 'c', nothing happens.

    I need to create a very simple movie of two pictures and a transition effect. The pictures contain text that should not be cut off. What to do?

    Mark
     
  6. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    You are using iMovie6HD. This topic refers to iMovie8/9
     
  7. marksch macrumors newbie

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    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for your reply. Any idea how to prevent cropping in iMovie 6?

    Mark
     
  8. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    After you've imported your photo and placed it in the Timeline, open the media viewer in iMovie, click on the photo in the Timeline and then click on Show Photo Settings.

    If you now move the mouse over the photo in the Preview viewer, you can move the picture around so that you can see the text. If you want to see the whole picture, adjust the zoom setting in the popup Photo Settings window.
     

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