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chapter 9 Still Pictures and QuickTime Movies T he DV camcorder is the source of iMovie material you'll probably use the most often, but it's not the only source. You can also bring in still images and existing QuickTime movies from your hard drive. In addition, you can export still frames from your movie, a much more direct method of producing still images than having to use your camcorder's built-in "digital camera" feature. Importing Still Images You might want to import a graphics fle 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 7). A still image behind your text is less distracting than moving footage. · You can use a graphics fle instead of using the iMovie titling feature. As noted in Chapter 7, 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 fexibility that the iMovie titling feature lacks. You get complete con- trol 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 (see Figure 9-1). · 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 chapter9:stillpicturesandquicktimemovies 243