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Import Photos p. 26

  • Instead of dragging a photo to the Timeline, you can also click the Apply button, which adds the photo to the end of your movie.

  • You can add multiple photos at once. Hold down the key and click several photos to select them, then drag them to the Timeline.

  • In addition to adding pictures stored in iPhoto, you can drag image files from the Finder directly onto iMovie’s Shelf or Timeline.

  • If you do drag image files from the Finder, avoid PICT-formatted files—iMovie doesn’t display them correctly.

  • You can use the Zoom slider to crop still photos, without applying the Ken Burns Effect to them.

  • When you import a photo, it’s converted to video resolution, and may not look as good onscreen. However, it will look fine when viewed on a television or when exported as a QuickTime file (see Chapter 12).

Add Motion to Photos p. 28

  • Click the Reverse button to swap the Start and End states (for example, to zoom out instead of zoom in).

  • Decide you want to make a change to your Ken Burns Effect settings? Select the clip in the Timeline, change the settings in the Photos pane, and then click the Update button (which is normally the Apply button).

  • Vertical photos appear in iMovie with black bars to their sides (this is known as “pillarboxed”). You could use the Zoom slider to crop the image, but then you’re getting only part of the photo. Instead, use the Ken Burns Effect to pan up or down the picture’s length.


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