4 Replies Latest reply: Nov 14, 2012 4:38 PM by Old Toad
darrinnfc Level 1 (0 points)

Before one of the latest iPhoto updates, I was able to easily highlight a group of photos out of one of my iPhoto albums and then export them as a quicktime movie. It would allow me to adjust the output size, the length of time for the slides (they all had to be the same) and whether or not I wanted music. This method was quick and easy and would export in a matter of seconds giving me a quick easy slideshow with cross dissolving transitions. I have used this method for our churches pre-service announcements for the past 5 years or longer.


But now since one of the latest updates I can't seem to find this option for exporting to quicktime. I now have to make an actual slide show and adjust all the settings for the slideshow and then when I go to export it, it takes anywhere from 10 minutes to 30 minutes depending on how many slides I have for it to save.


I am wondering is there any way to do it how I use to? Is it possible to undo updates to iphoto. Something that use to take me about two minutes from start to finish now takes me 30 to 40 minutes to get all the settings right and the video exported.


I thought longer export time may have had to do with the rendering of the transitions, but even when I made my slideshow with no transitions it took forever to export and save.


My time is precious, so any ideas or advice would help.




  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (136,665 points)

    I have a 'Slideshow' heading in my Export dialogue and that outputs a quick slideshow on the default settins. My test a four shot slideshow took about 90 seconds for one at 'medium'

  • Old Toad Level 10 (133,355 points)




  • darrinnfc Level 1 (0 points)

    I tried doing it the way you and Devlin show, but there are a few problems. First it doesn't give you an option of how long to display the slides for, I generally have each slide stay up for 30 seconds. Plus when I did it this way it still took 5 to 10 minutes for it to save 10 slides and each slide only stayed up for 4 or 5 seconds.


    This is why I now have to create an individual slideshow and get all the settings correct before I export it. I export in display at 1280 x 800 because that is how our projector is set up and with 30 second slides it takes 10 to 20 minutes to export it. Longer if I have more slides.


    The thing that is frustrating is that before the update I could choose export, choose quicktime, type in any size (1280 x 800), choose amount of time for each slide (30 seconds) and check yes or no to music and export it and it usually took about 10 to 15 seconds (not minutes) to save it. And it looked great with cross dissolving fades.


    I thought the general goal of updating something is to make it faster and more efficient, not slower and more time consuming.


    Is there anyway to go back to the iPhoto before the last updates?

  • Old Toad Level 10 (133,355 points)

    Play the slideshow first and while it's playing click on the screen.  The settings pane will show where you can set the time, transition, etc.  Now this is for slideshows created by selecting an album and using the Play button at the bottom. 




    I don't think you can export to a QT movie with the size ratio you've posted unless you choose Custom and then Options then then Size in the subsequent export windows.