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iMovie - I don't want to see black background - Want only to see photo

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Feb 24, 2013 12:08 PM

What size does an image (photo) have to be in order that I see only the picture and not added black background?  Seems like some look fine and others have the black added to it.

iMovie '11, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)

    If your project is HD dimensions, your photo should be 16:9 (e.g. 1920x1080)


    If your project is standard def, it could be either 16:9 or 4:3 (e.g. 720x540)


    You can do this within iMovie by using the Rotate, Crop, Ken Burs tool on the middle toolbar.


    Use FIT to use the entire photo, but with black bars.

    Use CROP to cut off the top and bottom, but what is left fills the frame.

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)

    It will work best of the photo is at least the same resolution as the movie. For example, make the photo at least 1920x1080 for a 16:9 movie. Making the photo bigger would allow you to use Ken Burns Effect, for example, without losing any resolution.


    Yes, 16:9 is the width height ratio.


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