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TediDubi Calculating status...
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Feb 24, 2013 2:01 AM

I've completed an iMovie edit and have nearly 5 hours of finished movie. At one time in the last weekend I must have done something good. At least it was good for me because I suddenly had a list on screen of all the Titles etc. I had put into the job. This is incredidly useful because I can now add the Timings to the Titles, print out the list, and jump easily from one to t'other. OR at least it would be incredidly useful, if I could find which button to click to get the list back again.

Any ideas, please?

Ted

OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
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    Feb 24, 2013 7:54 AM (in response to TediDubi)

    I am not aware of any screens like that EXCEPT if you were making a trailer. If you are making a trailer, you can see a summary screen like that.

  • John Cogdell Level 5 Level 5 (4,595 points)
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    Feb 25, 2013 3:02 AM (in response to TediDubi)

    TediDubi wrote:

     

    I wasn't making a Trailer but perhaps I'll try setting one up and hopefully find the Title list that way.

    You can see the list of Titles by clicking on the down pointing arrow on the far right at the top of the Project Library window, immediately above the vertical slider. It's the last icon directly after the Comment and Chapter Marker icons. Click the button and a dropdown list will appear, showing all your Chapter Markers and Titles. Clicking on an item in the list will take you directly to the Chapter or Title in the Project timeline.

     

    See the following images:

     

    Titles button.png

     

    Titles list.png

     

    John

     

    Message was edited by: John Cogdell

    MacBook Pro (15-inch Late 2008), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), Sony HDR-SR7 & DCR-TRV20E
  • John Cogdell Level 5 Level 5 (4,595 points)
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    Feb 25, 2013 4:24 AM (in response to TediDubi)

    Hi Ted,

     

    The easiest way to get a print is to take a screen grab. Hold down Command+Shift+4 and drag the crosshair diagonally across the image on the screen. If you have lots of Titles you may have to take several grabs. When you release the mouse button after dragging, a .png file will be saved to the Desktop.

     

    Open the image file by double-clicking it and it should open in Preview. You can print it from there.

     

    John

    MacBook Pro (15-inch Late 2008), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), Sony HDR-SR7 & DCR-TRV20E
  • John Cogdell Level 5 Level 5 (4,595 points)
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    Feb 25, 2013 5:02 AM (in response to John Cogdell)

    Just another small tip: You mention that your movie is about 4:40 hours. That's a long movie for iMovie to handle. If you are having trouble exporting it, you may wish to consider breaking it up into 2 or 3 separate movies, then exporting these separately.

     

    To do this, you firstly need to duplicate the project. In Project Library view (where all your projects are listed), click on the project name and select File > Duplicate Project. A copy will be placed in the Library and will have the same name but with a number appended. Continue to duplicate the project until you have enough for the number of movies you want to export. Now for each of the duplicates, delete a section. So, for example, if you want 3 movies, delete all but the first 3rd from the first duplicate. For the second duplicate, delete the first 3rd and the last 3rd so that just the middle section remains. For the final movie (the 3rd duplicate), delete the first two thirds and retain just the last 3rd.

     

    After doing all this, you will still have the original 4:40 hour movie in the Library, so no harm done if something goes wrong. Note that iMovie Projects do not occupy much space on the hard drive, as the media (clips) is referenced to the associated Event (or Events). The project file also keeps track of titles, transitions, music, stills and so forth. Duplicating will not take up too much extra space.

     

    John

    MacBook Pro (15-inch Late 2008), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), Sony HDR-SR7 & DCR-TRV20E
  • John Cogdell Level 5 Level 5 (4,595 points)
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    Feb 25, 2013 5:14 AM (in response to TediDubi)

    TediDubi wrote:

     

    What do you know about Adobe Media Encoder?

    Is it dumpable? It's giving me such a pain at the moment. Never had it interferring with my work until now.

    Possibly to do with OS LION?

    Here's a link to Adobe's site:

    http://www.adobe.com/au/products/mediaencoder.html

     

    Do you have Adobe Premiere (video editor) on your system, as Media Encoder probably came with that. I haven't used these Adobe products so can't really offer much assistance.

     

    You should be able to drag Media Encoder to the Trash. Don't empty Trash though. Now try iMovie again - hopefully the Media Encoder app now won't interfere with iMovie.

     

    John

    MacBook Pro (15-inch Late 2008), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), Sony HDR-SR7 & DCR-TRV20E
  • John Cogdell Level 5 Level 5 (4,595 points)
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    Feb 25, 2013 5:59 AM (in response to TediDubi)

    TediDubi wrote:

     

    Any suggestions how I can reduce the massive time taken by iMovie to do anything? I'm using a MacBook Pro now @ 2.66 Ghz and 8Mb ram. Would a new iMac with faster memory help?

    You appear to have the same model MacBook Pro as mine - 2.66 Ghz and 8MB. It's an early 2009 model (but usually listed as late 2008 - Apple upgraded that model to 2.66 Ghz in January 2009 I think).

     

    As your MacBook Pro (as mine) runs on an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, undoubtedly the latest iMac will run rings around it. I think the latest iMacs are Quad Core, so should be much faster at everything.

     

    Don't know what to suggest to make iMovie export faster - 22 hours does seem a bit extreme, but then again that's a very long movie you are working with. How are you exporting? I normally use the iMovie presets under Share > Export Movie or Share > Export ⇒ Media Browser. I choose the most appropriate size allowed by the project and for my target, such as for DVD, playback on a media player, or for use on another device, or simply for the web.

     

    I had better head off to bed as it's now nearly 12:30 am here in Adelaide!

     

    Good luck with the export Ted - hope it works for you this time.

     

    John

    MacBook Pro (15-inch Late 2008), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), Sony HDR-SR7 & DCR-TRV20E

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