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Chapter 28. Exporting iMovies > Choosing a Way to Share Your iMovie

Choosing a Way to Share Your iMovie

When you're ready to export your iMovie, simply choose File, Share from iMovie's menu bar. Then, choose one of six options in the sheet that appears (see Figure 28.1): Email, HomePage, Videocamera, iDVD, QuickTime, or Bluetooth.

  • Email— If you want to email a short movie, the Email option saves your movie as a QuickTime movie at an emailable size and, when complete, opens a new email message containing the movie attachment.

    If you want to send only select clips, and not an entire movie, select them before choosing Share from the File menu. The check box for Share Selected Clips Only is available for you to mark.

  • HomePage— People with .Mac memberships can use the HomePage option to export a movie directly to their .Mac HomePage. The file is compressed for the Web and stored as a streaming QuickTime, which means the full movie won't have to download before playback begins.

  • Videocamera— When you choose Videocamera, you need to connect a video camera to your computer, as you did when you imported a video clip, and send the finished iMovie back out to Mini-DV or Digital-8 tape. From there, you can watch the finished product by connecting the camera to the television, recording from the camera to a VHS tape in your VCR, or sending the tape off to have several copies duplicated.

  • iDVD— When you choose to share to iDVD, the option is basically a preset that generates a high-quality video file that iDVD then converts for use on a DVD disc. It takes up the largest amount of hard-drive space of any of the export options.

    In addition to exporting to iDVD from the export dialog box, iMovie's iDVD pane lets you add “chapters” to your movie, which are then displayed in your iDVD project. We talk about how later in this chapter, in the section “Exporting iMovies to iDVD.”

  • QuickTime— QuickTime is a video format developed by Apple that compresses audio or video files so they are as small as possible while still retaining a reasonable quality. When you export to QuickTime, you have a wide range of options, based on the intended use of your movies. The one you choose results in a particular kind of file or amount of compression. For example, when you export an iMovie that you want to email to someone, it creates a relatively small file because it must travel over the Internet, and you don't want the person on the other end to have to wait too long to download the attachment. When you want to burn a CD with iMovie, the CD can hold a much larger file than an email could handle, so the movie quality is much better; however, it's still not as good as the original iMovie. The section “Sharing via QuickTime” takes a closer look at some of the QuickTime options.

    You can export a movie for email either under the Email section or the QuickTime section. If you want to send it right away, exporting from the Email section creates a new message and attaches your movie; if you want to prepare a movie but may not send it right now, exporting for email from the QuickTime section lets you save the movie wherever you want.

  • Bluetooth— Bluetooth is a technology that enables various devices to exchange information without connection cables if they are in range of each other. If you have a Bluetooth-enabled device, such as another computer or a handheld device, you can export your movie in this way.



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