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18.1. Importing Still Images

You might want to import a graphics file into iMovie for any number of reasons. For example:

  • You can use a graphic, digital photo, or other still image as a backdrop for iMovie's titling feature (Chapter 16). A still image behind your text is less distracting than moving footage.

  • You can use a graphics file instead of using the iMovie titling feature. As noted in Chapter 16, iMovie's titling feature offers a number of powerful features, including animation. However, it also has a number of serious limitations. Namely, you can't specify any type size you like, you can't use more than one font per title, and you have only rudimentary control over the title's placement in the frame.

    Preparing your own title "slides" in, say, Photoshop Elements or AppleWorks gives you a lot of flexibility that the iMovie titling feature lacks. You get complete control over the type size, color, and placement, for starters. You can also add graphic touches to your text or to the "slide" on which it appears.

  • One of the most compelling new uses of video is the video photo album: a smoothly integrated succession of photos (from your scanner or digital camera), joined by crossfades, enhanced by titles, and accompanied by music. Thanks to iMovie's ability to import photos directly—either from your hard drive or from your iPhoto collection—creating this kind of video show is a piece of cake.


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