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tudorior Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

Here are my postings from another board, where I got no valuable answers.

 

 

 

 

 

Portrait orientation in Imovie


Hello everyone,

 

I have to create some content in Portrait orientation mode for a commercial display. Any tips to create the content in imovie in the 9:16 format?

 

How about creating animations in flash. How can I make those to be portrait orientation movies.

 

Any help is appreciated.

 

Theo.

Imovie doesn't let me type vertically, as well, when I flip everything using the crop button, it doesn't fill the 9:16 format.
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Help

I still need help. I don't understand how to create proper formatting to fit a portrait orientation movie with Imovie.

 

Will final cut pro let you edit and create in portrait mode?

  • 1. Re: Portrait orientation in Imovie
    AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,340 points)

    iMovie and Final Cut Pro will create movies in 16:9 and 4:3, but not 9:16.

     

    For odd sizes like that, QuickTime Pro Version 7 is your best option.

  • 2. Re: Portrait orientation in Imovie
    tudorior Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Ayone else with some imput on how to create content for portrait mode display?

  • 3. Re: Portrait orientation in Imovie
    QuickTimeKirk Level 8 Level 8 (48,115 points)

    QuickTime Player Pro ($30) is one of the few tools that can create any dimension stand alone files.

    It can also be used to add an additional image file in your required dimension to your portrait video and can then scale down that video to fit your height restriction.

    Videos are always wider than tall so your potrait video height will need to be scaled down and it will appear smaller and have black bands on each side when centered on an all black image.

  • 4. Re: Portrait orientation in Imovie
    CrunchyCreamy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Restrictions like this ensure that only landscape movies taken with an iPhone may be edited with iMovie without losing swaths of material above and below. Especially since a portrait video is what you take if you quickly grab your phone and record in its most common upright position. So it costs $4.99 for 16:9 but $30 for 9:16 -- an arbitrary and ridiculous distinction.

  • 5. Re: Portrait orientation in Imovie
    Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,885 points)

    CrunchyCreamy wrote:

    … - an arbitrary and ridiculous distinction.

    recording video in 'portrait' is an arbitary and ridiculous decision.

    the last 130 years, 'landscape' is the normal viewing habit for movin' images.

     

    The OP's request is for some very special needs (upright displays).

     

    my 5¢....

  • 6. Re: Portrait orientation in Imovie
    CrunchyCreamy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    There is nothing arbitrary nor ridiculous about recording a movie in portrait. When recording video with an iPhone, many people record in the portrait orientation because it is the natural position of the phone when most commonly used. Landscape has been the most common for, as you say, 130 years, but today millions of videos are taken using a cell phone where many, if not most, of these are captured in the portrait orientation. What is arbitrary and ridiculous is a cell phone app that disregards these possibilities.

  • 7. Re: Portrait orientation in Imovie
    Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,885 points)

    CrunchyCreamy wrote:

    … today millions of videos are taken using a cell phone where many, if not most, of these are captured in the portrait orientation. …

     

    … and on what kind of 'monitor' you're watching portrait videos WITHOUT bars?

    does, e.g. YouTube offer portrait-mode …?

     

    You're only posts on this board is complains about a video-app for camcorders 'lack' of ability, to handle material of wrong handled devices ...

     

    dftt

     

    -bye-

  • 8. Re: Portrait orientation in Imovie
    Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (44,480 points)

    CrunchyCreamy wrote:

     

    There is nothing arbitrary nor ridiculous about recording a movie in portrait.

    Few if any would agree with you. How many movies have you ever seen that were in that format?

     

    Photographs can be in either portrait or landscape format - videos cannot.

  • 9. Re: Portrait orientation in Imovie
    hermanhj Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Trying to find that 130 year old 16x9 landscape video with transitions in the editing.  never mind color.  hard to find 130 year old Vines shot with iPhone in vertical mode 130 year old.  Interesting concept limiting video and editing techniques to 130 year old technology.

  • 10. Re: Portrait orientation in Imovie
    GeeD Level 4 Level 4 (2,565 points)

    There is an article on this from 2012 at:  http://www.larryjordan.biz/fcpx-custom-project-sizes/  which seems problematical.

     

    However, in the latest version of Final Cut Pro (10.1)  I have done a quitck test and been able to create a new project with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 i.e.portrait mode.  I don't know whether there will be a any problems 'down the line' but it looks promising and I remembered reading somewhere that it is capable of handling arbitrary resolutions.

     

    untitled.jpg

    Worth looking into.

     

    Geoff.

  • 11. Re: Portrait orientation in Imovie
    GeeD Level 4 Level 4 (2,565 points)

    It Works!

     

    Liking a challenge, I put a 1080p video clip into the new project that I had inadvertently recorded holding the camera in portrait mode.  I rotated it by 90 degrees in FCP and added a couple of rotated still shots.  It exported fine and plays in potrait in Quicktime Player, although the video has a large black border.

     

    Dropping it into VideoSpec it confirms the video is 1080*1960 with a display aspect ratio of 0.551:

     

    untitled1.jpg

    I then added to the timeline the same clip after rotating and saving in Quicktime Player 10.   This part of the exported file now fills the portrait frame fully.  I added text and some simple transitions and they all worked fine.  So yes, it can be done in FCP 10.1.

     

    Of course, unless you want to add text on video it might be simpler just to create your movie in landscape mode with everything on its side then rotoate and save the exported video.   If you only need text on stills you could add this in a still editor before importing into iMovie.   Even in FCP it does not seem possible to write text on its side.

     

     

    Geoff.

  • 12. Re: Portrait orientation in Imovie
    GeeD Level 4 Level 4 (2,565 points)

    Have just discovered FCP can rotate text

     

    Geoff.

  • 13. Re: Portrait orientation in Imovie
    Matthew Morgan Level 7 Level 7 (22,555 points)

    Does the display really do portrait mode or is it a regular display turned on its side?

     

    Matt

  • 14. Re: Portrait orientation in Imovie
    GeeD Level 4 Level 4 (2,565 points)

    You mean in the viewer?   Yes it displays in portrait mode though of course it does not make very efficient use of the viewer window!  The exported movie also plays in Quicktime Player in portrait orientation.

     

    fcp_portrait.jpg

     

    I just noticed that rotating in Quicktime player before import reduced the resolution of the clip to 608 x 1080 but the exported movie is 1080 x 1960  (I accidentally put 1960 instead of 1920 when creating the project).

     

    Of course since text can be rotated it could all be done (probably more conveniantly) on its side in 1920 * 1080 and rotated after exporting.

     

    But I guess this is getting off-topic and should go to the FCP discussions. 

     

    Geoff.

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