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iMovie using pictures

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Natascha Schmidt-Svejstrup Calculating status...
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Jan 27, 2012 1:30 AM

I'm trying to make an iMovie film but with only using pictures. Now halfway some of the pictures does not change -the film keeps moving but showing the same picture. Please help asap as I'm doing this as a present this coming weekend! Thanx

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,300 points)
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    Jan 27, 2012 3:18 AM (in response to Natascha Schmidt-Svejstrup)

    There are many ways to produce slide shows using iPhoto, iMovie or iDVD and some limit the number of photos you can use (iDVD has a 99 chapter (slide) limitation).


    If what you want is what I want, namely to be able to use high resolution photos (even 300 dpi tiff files), to pan and zoom individual photos, use a variety of transitions, to add and edit music or commentary, place text exactly where you want it, and to end up with a DVD that looks good on both your Mac and a TV - in other words end up with and end result that does not look like an old fashioned slide show from a projector - you may be interested in how I do it. You don't have to do it my way, but the following may be food for thought!


    Firstly you need proper software to assemble the photos, decide on the duration of each, the transitions you want to use, and how to pan and zoom individual photos where required, and add proper titles. For this I use Photo to Movie. You can read about what it can do on their website:



    (Other users here use the alternative FotoMagico: which you may prefer - I have no experience with it.)


    Neither of these are freeware, but are worth the investment if you are going to do a lot of slide shows. Read about them in detail, then decide which one you feel is best suited to your needs.


    Once you have timed and arranged and manipulated the photos to your liking in Photo to Movie, it exports the file to iMovie  as a DV stream. You can add music in Photo to Movie, but I prefer doing this in iMovie where it is easier to edit. You can now further edit the slide show in iMovie just as you would a movie, including adding other video clips, then send it to iDVD 7, or Toast,  for burning.


    You will be pleasantly surprised at how professional the results can be!


    To simply create a slide show in iDVD 7 onwards from images in iPhoto or stored in other places on your hard disk or a connected server, look here:


  • hughmass Level 3 Level 3 (565 points)
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    Jan 27, 2012 4:15 AM (in response to Natascha Schmidt-Svejstrup)

    Are you using iMovie 06HD by any chance? Here is a tutorial for using that version with Snow Leopard and pictures. It might be useful.

    Hugh AAGAA

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
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    Jan 27, 2012 5:54 AM (in response to Natascha Schmidt-Svejstrup)

    I would try closing iMovie, then go to <Your User Name>/Library/Preferences/ and move the file to the trash. Then restart iMovie.


    If you are on Lion, they have made it non-obvious to navigate to the Library folders in the Finder To do this, you would need to open a Finder window. In the top menu bar, click GO. In the go dropdown menu, hold down the Option key and click Library. Be sure to go to the <your user name>/Library, not the Macintosh HD/Library (The system library).


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