4 Replies Latest reply: Dec 30, 2007 2:58 PM by jpark26
Hobson Vaught Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
How do you export a slideshow to a Quicktime movie (from iPhoto) so that the resulting Quicktime movie is then viewable on an iPod?

I've exported slideshows (with transitions, specified Ken Burns effects, music, etc.) to Quicktime movies to try to view these on my iPod. I don't want to view my photo albums since they don't have of the effects that the slideshow has. There is an option to save the slideshow in a small file size that is presumably viewable on an ipod. About 80% of the time, however, the Quicktime movies are then NOT viewable on my iPod. My iPod just freezes when I try to start the movie.

Here are the steps I use to export
1. From iPHoto Select the slideshow / File / Export / select small movie
2. From iTunes / File / Import / select the Quicktime movie that was created from the slideshow

Background info
1. Apple G5 purchased in 2003, 2 CPUs, CPU Speed 2 GHz. Memory 2GB. Bus Speed 1 GHZ. CPU TYpe PowerPC 970 (2.2)
2. iPhoto '08 version 7.1.1 (354)
3. Video iPod purchased in May 2006. (60 GB). Uses iPod software version 1.2.3 (most current version for this iPod)
4. Quicktime Player version 7.3.0 Player Version 7.3 (7.3)

I've tried synchronizing my iTunes with the Quicktime movie to a new iPod and that doesn't work either. I've tried many different approaches but none of these ever work. I'd really appreciate any thoughts or ideas you might have. Thank you!

Power Mac G5 purchased in 2003, Mac OS X (10.2.x), iPhoto 08 / version 7.1.1 / ipod SW version 1.2.3
  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (130,150 points)
    You probably will need a 3rd party application to convert the . mov QT file that iPhoto creates into a format for the iPod. Some are VisualHub, ViddyUp, and iSquint. You can find them at VersionTracker.com.

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  • tonyhall Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I often make slideshows using iPhoto.

    To show iPhoto Slideshow on iPod :
    1. Export Slideshow from iPhoto
    2. Drag file into iTunes
    3. From the 'Advanced' menu choose 'Convert Selection for iPod/iPhone
    4. Upload to iPod

    Good luck
  • Hobson Vaught Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Thanks; this suggestion was definitely helpful. Now, I realize my initial post ommitted some critical information. The music I selected for the iPhoto Slideshow was purchased via iTunes. However, iTunes will not let you use this music on a slideshow that is then exported to Quicktime and then imported to iTunes. I'm trying to view these "movies" on the iTouch. This seems sort of silly. I guess this is the way the digital rights management works; but this seems like this should be changed. I have purchased the music and do have the rights to it.

    The error message I received when I tried this was "(the filename) could not be converted because protected files cannot be converted to other formats".

    Another workaround is to burn the music to a CD; then reimport the music to iTunes. I don't like this workaround because then I have duplicate music on my iTunes (the original and then the copy which was reimported). If you reference the "copied" music from the iPhoto Slideshow then this approach will work.

    Any other ideas that doesn't involve so many steps? Thank you!
  • jpark26 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    I'm surprised that the .mov slideshow doesn't work. Most iPods should play .mov, .mp4 or .m4v files. It may be that the frames per second or some other spec are not compatible.

    Related, but nearly opposite, question:

    Is there a way to export a slideshow of photos from iPhoto or any other program without converting it to a movie or bundling in a zip file? I want to put the slideshow up on a website for download to iPod, but I don't want users to lose control over advancing the slideshow.

    I also don't want to force them to download a zip file of all the images. Is there any other format that anyone knows of that could bundle a slideshow without converting it to a movie?