Use iMovie or iPhoto for projected slideshow

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by lwoods941, Nov 13, 2009.

  1. lwoods941 macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2009
    I am creating a slide show for a banquet and want to include some video. I planned to import photos into iMovie and create a video of both the video piece and the photos. I need to project it so that over 100 people can view it. I want the quality to be as good as possible since it will be projected onto a screen. Will the quality of the photos be degraded by bringing them into a movie? Am I better off showing the photos on an iPhoto slideshow since I will be projecting it? Thank you....
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    I find it drastically easier to use iMovie as it allows for much better customization.
  3. lwoods941 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2009
    It is easier to create it, but will it maintain the quality of the photos when projected onto a screen?
  4. huntercr macrumors 65816

    Jun 6, 2006
    Well, if you don't have to export it, ( meaning you'll take your mac to the presentation ) iPhoto will show the pictures in as high of a resolution as the projector allows.

    If you do have to export it, iPhoto is going to lose because it only exports slideshow movies at 640x480 max or something like that, while iMovie can do 1080p HD.

    But I would definitely test it beforehand to make sure you like what you see on the projector.
  5. lwoods941 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2009
    What is the best way to export it to maintain highest quality? As a quicktime movie or something else?
  6. huntercr macrumors 65816

    Jun 6, 2006
    What device will be playing the slideshow? A PC?
  7. xStep macrumors 68000

    Jan 28, 2003
    Less lost in L.A.
    If you are using the computer connected to the projector, then you may also want to use deinterlacing for the exported video. It would be best if you can experiment with the setup before.
  8. lwoods941 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2009
    I could use either a PC or Mac, but I planned to use a Mac
  9. huntercr macrumors 65816

    Jun 6, 2006
    Well, if you're going to export it, I would consider using the AIC codec then. It is less CPU intensive than H.264, and you can encode to H.264 later if you want to put it on the web.

    But most importantly, like everyone has said.... be sure and test all this out... make sure you even have the right video adapter to plug in to the projector. Figure out what the resolution is of the projector ,etc.
    Lots of things can go wrong here. :)
  10. midge50 macrumors newbie

    Nov 16, 2009
    i have done many many of these types of things. Always try it out in advance. I would even do a few small videos to see how they work for you. Whatever can go wrong, will. More so if you are out of time.

    Also, the term slideshow often means just pictures. Since you are including video, it then becomes a movie. Assume you will also do nice effects with the stills as well.

    By the way, you do not need high resolution. Until recently moving to the mac, I was using some pc software that was about 10 years old. It was doing a great job.

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