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Importing Still Images crossfades, enhanced by titles, and accompanied by music. Thanks to iMovie's abil- ity to import photos directly--either from your hard drive or from your iPhoto collection--creating this kind of video show is a piece of cake. Note: Of course, iPhoto can create video photo albums, too. And in iPhoto, you can opt to loop a slideshow (which iMovie can't do); rearranging and regrouping your photos is much easier than in iMovie, too. But building them in a movie has several advantages. First of all, your music options are much greater; you can import music straight from a music CD, for example, or record narration as you watch the slideshow. You have a full arsenal of tools for creating titles, credits, and special effects, too. As your life with iMovie proceeds, you may encounter other uses for the picture- importing feature. Maybe, when editing a home movie of your kids tussling in the living room, you decide it would be hilarious to insert some Batman-style fght-sound title cards ("BAM!") into the footage. Maybe you need an establishing shot of, say, a storefront or apartment building, and realize that you could save production money by inserting a still photo that passes for live video in which there's nothing moving. And maybe you want to end your movie with a fade-out--not to black, but to maroon (an effect described later in this chapter). You have a delicious choice of two methods for bringing still photos into a project. The frst and most convenient method is to choose the photo from among those you've