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Q1: Every time I use QuickTime Player, I’m asked if I want to upgrade to QuickTime Pro. Should I?
A1: That depends entirely on your needs. QuickTime Pro gives you access to a number of video-editing functions, such as copying and pasting portions of video tracks, applying effects filters, and altering video codecs. Users can also extract and convert audio and video tracks—even export video tracks as image sequences. Basic playback features are also improved. Users can present a movie on the entire screen, rather than just in a window, as well as control contrast, tint, and brightness on a per-movie basis. If you’re the type to use such features, QuickTime Pro is worth the price.
Q2: What are the differences among iMovie’s export options?
A2: First, by using the To Camera option, you can return your movie to the camera that shot the footage and then record it to videotape.

You can also use QuickTime to distribute your movie. Here you have several options. You can make a free-standing QuickTime movie by choosing Email Movie, Small. You can also choose between two different Web formats: Web Movie, Small and Streaming Web Movie, Small for longer movies. Note, however, that creating a movie with Streaming Web Movie, Small requires additional software support.

If you’re lucky enough to have access to iDVD and a DVD-R drive, you can burn your movie as a DVD using the For iDVD option.

Q3: Where can I see finished movies made with iMovie?
A3: Apple has devoted a section of its Web site (http://www.apple.com/imovie/gallery/) to films made with iMovie. You can even submit your own project for possible display on the site.


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