Adros

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Was checking out the memories in Photos on my new mac mini, comparing it to how it behaves on the iPhone. For the life of me I cannot figure out how to share the memory from Photos on the computer the same way as on the phone, the Share button is just greyed out if you are watching the movie and you can't seem to select the video directly from the previous page that lists all the things in the memory. Am I missing something super obvious here?
 

Dave Braine

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From the Memory view, select all the photos that make up the Memory and then from the File Menu, choose Create Slideshow. You can then Export that as a movie file and share that.

Works for me with Photos v2.
 
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Adros

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For Suer Spartan, that works on the iPhone but on the desktop version of the app there is no elipsis, just the square with an upward arrow. As I said in the original post, from the main memory screen (that shows the memory video and all the things that it is made up of) it tries to share the actual components instead of the memory. When you go into the video it grey's out the share button.

Dave, I tried doing that and it does create a slideshow from all the assets but that is not the same as the video it made for the Memory. Certainly an option but it seems so strange that Apple would not include a way to save or share the actual Memory video...
 
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Adros

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Just got off the phone with apple support. After being escalated a couple of times the answer is surprisingly you can not share Memories from a Mac. One of the people talked to asked if I had already seen this support article which seems to say that you can, but the last sentence actually makes it sound like you can only share the components that make up the memory and not the memory itself. The only solution they had was to start using iCloud so that Memories on my local computer would be synced across to my phone. I mentioned that my photo collection is hundreds of gigs and that would cost a quite a bit of money just to share memories, especially when I am not keen on all my photos being in anyones cloud... Slightly disappointing but oh well.
 
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MiniChips

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Hello! I know this thread is from a year ago, but I was looking up how to do the exact same thing, and I found a solution. While you cannot directly share memories because Apple has decreed it so, you CAN record the screen as the memory is playing using QuickTime Player. This saves your screen recording as a video that you can then share, it's a normal .mov file. (And if you need to, you can always edit out the beginning and the end of the recording in iMovie or any other similar software)

NOTE: If you want the audio with it (I did), QuickTime player doesn't automatically have an option to record the system sound. It is possible though, and is pretty easy to set up. Here's a Youtube video showing how:
 
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Adros

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Upgraded to Big Sur hopeful this issue had been fixed... it has not. Decided to google it and as usual came back to this thread, third result now! Appreciate the screen recording work around. Definitely not the level of Apple polish you expect but given I only want to share one memory every month or two it works. I did need to do a full restart after installing and setting everything up. Prior to that I got no audio and the strange spinning he describes in the video.
 
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natureminded

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Also finding this thread in 2021 with my M1 mini -- trying to simply export a cool memory video to messages, same as in iOS/iPadOS. Really odd this is not possible and would love to see that feature parity in MacOS. I think users expect it and are confused to not find it!
 
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