Importing images to iMovie

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by psionpete, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. psionpete macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2011
    I have just installed iMovie, as it seems to do everything that I want to do. Trouble is, I need to convert a number of home movies before I can start 'making movies'.

    To get used to the software I though that I would make a movie from some still images on my iMac. The trouble is that iMovie does not recognise any of them. It sees the images in the photo booth but nothing in other folders below pictures.

    How can I import normal images (.jpg) into iMovie? I don't really want to buy iPhoto at this stage.
  2. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    Every Mac that I know of comes with iPhoto already installed.

    Drag and drop from Finder
  3. psionpete thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2011
    This is a great tip. I did try to drag and drop but I think I was trying to drop in the wrong place. Dropping in the Photo area seems to work OK. Thanks again.
  4. Ifti macrumors 68000

    Dec 14, 2010
    Or drag and drop the photo directly into the project timeline where you want it to be. If you have the advanced options enabled you will be able to do picture in picture, cutaways, and so on.

    Bear in mind though, if you have strong shadows in the project the export quality with iMovie is terrible. It produces nasty artifacts and banding.

    Have a read through this thread:

    I raise this now before you start a large project etc, just so you know what to expect.
    For normal video, recorded in good light etc, you should be fine. For anything with darker areas or shadows take note of the above thread.

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