Exporting & Sharing


Saving and Exporting Clips in iMovie '09

You can download printer-friendly instructions on saving and exporting clips from iMovie '09 here .  These instructions are not comprehensive.  If they do not have the information you need, you can refer to the relevant instructions for iMovie '08 below.  Many procedures, and menu feature names have changed, but you may still find the old instructions to be helpful.  Comprehensive instructions for iMovie '09 will be available soon.

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Exporting Selected Clips

  1. Select the clip or clips on the Timeline you would like to export.
  2. From the File menu, choose Export.
  3. Check the box labeled Share Selected Clips Only if you want to export only the clips in the timeline. Do not check this box if you want to export all clips in the Timeline.
  4. Export your clip following the steps below.

Note: If you do not select any clips in the Timeline, all clips in the Timeline will be exported by default (the Share Selected Clips Only box will be greyed out).

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Export to Quicktime

  1. Select the clip(s) on the Timeline you would like to export, following the instructions above .
  2. From the File menu, choose Share.
  3. In the the box that pops up, select Quicktime .
  4. Click on the pull down menu next to Compress Movie for . iMovie HD gives you a description of the frame rate and quality. Using Web will create a movie 240 pixels wide by 180 pixels high, with a frame rate of 12 frames per second. Using CD ROM will create a larger movie 320 pixels wide by 240 pixels high, with a slightly higher frame rate of 15 frames per second.
  5. We recommend setting your file at CD-ROM if you are using one of the default options. If you would prefer to set your own options, ask for help using the Expert settings.
  6. Choose the setting that you would prefer from the pull-down menu and then click Share.

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Exporting Only Audio

  1. Select the clip(s) on the Timeline you would like to export, following the instructions above .
  2. From the File menu, choose Share.
  3. In the the box that pops up, select Quicktime . From the pull down menu for Compress Movie for , choose Expert Settings . Click Share .
  4. A window will appear.
  • In the Save As field enter a filename i.e. audioName.aiff .
  • For Where to save your file, choose the Desktop .
  • From the Export menu, choose Sound to AIFF . Click Save .

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Export to VHS Tape

All digitizing stations in Knapp can export to VHS. Please follow the instructions for your VCR if different VCRs are specified.

Sending a finished video from iMovie to an Analog (VHS/SVHS) tape

  1. Push the button labeled VCR on the Extron box.
  2. Select DV Input on the Sony Box so that the light above DV in turns green.
  3. If you are working with a black VCR:

    1. Open the front of the VCR (labeled Desktop Editor).
    2. Find the switch labeled Linear Audio Rec and push the switch to the left to L+R.
    3. Find the switch labeled Mono and push the switch to the left to Off.
    4. Find the switch labeled Input Select and push the switch to the left to S-Video .
  4. If you are working with a black VCR, set the Channel to A1.
    If you are working with a silver VCR, set the Channel to L1.
    If you are working with a gold VCR, set the Channel to L2.
  5. In iMovie, slide the Camera/Edit Mode indicator to the Scissors Icon
  6. Put the clips that you would like to share (export) in the timeline.
  7. Insert the VHS tape.
  8. Record 30 seconds of black if you are using a new tape.
  9. From the File menu choose Share.
  10. In the window that appears, choose Videocamera.  
  11. Set the number of seconds of black you would like before and after your movie.
  12. Press Record on the VCR
  13. Click Share.
  14. A message will appear letting you know that you are exporting to a converter box. Click Continue to begin recording to the VHS tape.
  15. Your movie will begin exporting and you will see a progress bar on the computer screen.  If during the recording you see a bright red light on the Sony box it is likely that the Video is copyright encoded with Macrovision. You will not be able to share (export) this movie to VHS. See the Troubleshooting for Export to VHS information below.
  16. When the movie is completely exported the iMovie progress bar will disappear.
  17. Press Stop on the VCR.
  18. Rewind the VHS tape and press Play on the VCR to make sure the tape is working properly.
  19. From the iMovie menu located to the left of the File Menu and choose Quit iMovie to quit out of iMovie.

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Troubleshooting for Export to VHS  

If you see the red light on the Sony box while exporting or if the exported video is very dark or has flashes of light and dark:

It is likely that the original video was copyright encoded with something called Macrovision. There is no way to remove Macrovision from either the original video or the digitized video. The Macrovision was put into place by the manufacturer to prevent the video from being duplicated.

You will not be able to export your video to tape without the distortion, but you WILL be able to export your video to a Quicktime movie, digital video, or DVD.

If you get any error messages during this process

Begin the process again and be sure to follow each of the steps very carefully. If all of the settings are correct you should not encounter any error messages.

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Export to DV Tape

(option available only at Knapp Stations 27 and 30)

Sending a finished video from iMovie to a Digital Video tape
  1. Press the DV button on the black Extron box.
  2. From the File menu in iMovie, choose Save Project and save your files to the desktop.
  3. From the iMovie menu located to the left of the File menu and choose Quit iMovie to quit out of iMovie.
  4. Press the Power buttons on the Sony box (on top of the computer) and the VCR to turn them off.
  5. Press the Power button on the D V player to turn it on.
  6. Insert a recordable DV tape into the DV player.
  7. Verify that the DV player input is set to DV In . You will see this message just underneath the time on the display screen of the player. Follow the steps below if the input is set to HDV In.
    1. Press the MENU button right above the REC buttons, IN/OUT REC should be selected on the display screen.
    2. Press the right pointing arrow button on the control panel.
    3. In HDV/DV SEL, make sure that DV is selected.
    4. Press MENU again to exit.
  8. Launch iMovie.
  9. Select the clip(s) on the Timeline you would like to export, following the standard iMovie exporting steps.
  10. From the menu on the top, select Share
  11. On the top of the window that appears, choose Videocamera .
  12. Set the number of seconds of black you would like before and after your movie.
  13. Click Share .
  14. Your movie will begin exporting and you will see a progress bar on the computer screen. If you look on the DV player display screen you should see a red record icon and the timer should be counting seconds. If the counter never begins counting, press the Stop button in iMovie and recheck all the settings.
  15. When the movie is completely exported the iMovie progress bar will disappear and the DV Player counter will stop.
  16. Press Stop and then Rewind on the DV player to rewind your movie.

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Exporting to DVD using iDVD

Before exporting to iDVD, consider whether you want a scene selection menu on your DVD. If not, simply make sure that your clips are organized in the timeline in the order that you want to view them. If you do want to be able to select scenes from a menu, you must insert Chapter Markers in the appropriate places.

To insert a Chapter Marker:
  1. Select a clip in the iMovie timeline
  2. From the Markers menu, select Add a Chapter Marker    Note: you can remove a Chapter Marker by selecting a previously marked movie clip, and then selecting Delete Chapter Maker).
  3. Once chapter markers are inserted, the timeline will reflect the time position of the chapter markers.  

    Please note that iDVD can only handle 6 chapters per screen - if you think that your project is going to require more than 6 chapters, please consult a member of the Knapp Staff for assistance.

To Export to iDVD:
  1. Select the clip(s) on the Timeline that you would like to export, following the instructions above.
  2. From the File menu choose Share .
  3. In the the box that pops up, select iDVD.
  4. Click Share.  
  5. iDVD will open.
  6. See the iDVD Documentation to finish your project. If you would like to edit your project in iDVD, go to the iDVD Customize a Project instructions. Otherwise, proceed directly to the Burning a DVD instructions.

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