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How do I use Photo to Movie with iMovie?

To use Photo to Movie with iMovie:

  1. Create your photo movie in Photo to Movie.
  2. Render your movie to an appropriate file format. Save it in your Movies folder.
  3. For iMovie '08, choose File > Import Movies... and select your rendered movie to import it into iMovie.
  4. For iMovie '06 and earlier, drag your movie from the Finder to the iMovie shelf.

It is important to choose your Photo to Movie export format to match the iMovie video format. If you choose the wrong format, iMovie may transcode your video (i.e. change its format).

By choosing the right video format, you avoid the following:

  • Changing the video resolution, resulting in lower quality
  • Stretching or squishing your movie, resulting in distorted video
  • Applying additional color correction, resulting in incorrect colors

So what video format should you use?

If you are using an iMovie project with the format 'DV', you should export your movie from Photo to Movie using the 'DV Stream' file format and a Standard (4:3) aspect ratio.

If you are using an iMovie project with the format 'DV Widescreen', you should export your movie from Photo to Movie using the 'DV Stream' file format and a Widescreen (16:9) aspect ratio.

If you are using an iMovie project with the format 'HDV 1080i', you should export your movie from Photo to Movie using the 'HD-1080i-30' file format and a Widescreen (16:9) aspect ratio. The 'HD-1080i-30' file format will not be available unless you select Widescreen (16:9) aspect ratio.

If you are using an iMovie project with the format 'HDV 720p', you should export your movie from Photo to Movie using the 'HD-720p-30' file format and a Widescreen (16:9) aspect ratio. The 'HD-720p-30' file format will not be available unless you select Widescreen (16:9) aspect ratio.

For versions of iMovie before iMovie '05, you should export your movie from Photo to Movie using the 'DV Stream' file format and a Standard (4:3) aspect ratio.

The table below summarizes this information.

iMoviePhoto to Movie
VersionVideo FormatAspect RatioExport Format
iMovieDVStandard (4:3)DV Stream
iMovieDV WidescreenWidescreen (16:9)DV Stream
iMovieHDV 1080iWidescreen (16:9)HD-1080i-30
iMovieHDV 720pWidescreen (16:9)HD-720p-30
iMovie (v 2,3,4)AnyStandard (4:3)DV Stream


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