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Building a Slideshow the iMovie Way > Building the Show in iMovie - Pg. 273

Building Digital Lifestyle Slideshows 273 The big drawback to using iMovie to create a slideshow, the only one really, is that iMovie resizes images to be 640 × 480. When this happens, images can lose detail. For some images, such as landscapes, this loss of detail might not bother you. For others, it might cause images to appear to be blurry when you compare them to the originals fresh from your digital camera. If the quality of the images in an iMovie slideshow isn't good enough for your purposes, you will need to use the Combo method to create the slideshow. Building the Show in iMovie Building a slideshow in iMovie is just like building any movie in iMovie. For example, to place the images in the slideshow, drag them from the Shelf to one of the viewers. Add transitions between the images if you want them, create titles, and so on. (For the details on building a movie in iMovie, see Chapter 4). The one slight difference is that you can set the duration during which each image appears on the screen. When you import a group of images into iMovie, this duration is set to iMovie's default value (such as 5 seconds per image). You can change the duration for an image in the slideshow by doing the following steps. Change the Display Duration for an Image in a Slideshow 1. 2. Select the image on the viewer. In the Time box, enter the length of time that you want that image to appear onscreen (see Figure 15.2). When entering the duration, remember to use the timecode format, which is mi- nutes:seconds:frames. For images, you will likely only be changing the seconds value.