5 Replies Latest reply: Apr 15, 2014 7:59 AM by QuickTimeKirk
Donalfredo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I'm preparing about 20-30 movies (and later on maybe even more) in order to show them on a TV-set. I'd like to avoid burning each and everyone on DVD, I'd rather like to make them playable from a Harddisk which is connected to a TV set - therefore I have some questions and it would be great If help was available:

1. There are numerous formats for exporting iMovies: Which one provides best qualitiy in Video (sound is less important) on modern TV-Sets. As far as I've tried out, only .MOV seems to work, but is of poor quality esp. on a bigger screen. Are there other formats a TV would accept?

2. If TV does not accent higher quality movies one could use the TV-Screen as a second monitor of another computer to which the HD will be connected (probably not a Mac). Which format would do in an acceptable quality?

3. As an alternative: when I burn a DVD from an iMovie project - can I copy that project to a HD and will it be playable as if it was on DVD…?

Quite a few different tasks, but would be great if one or another questions could be answered.

Thanks in advance

Donalfredo

  • QuickTimeKirk Level 9 Level 9 (50,205 points)

    Share the iMovie project to iTunes and get a $99 Apple TV device for playback on any TV.

    These files can be in high defintition video formats as opposed to standard defintion like a DVD.

    If you're running short on hard drive storage you can put the iTunes Library on an external drive and it can still be found by the Apple TV.

  • Donalfredo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Kirk,

    this seems to be a very, very  helpful response – thanks for that! So, if I understand you right - all I have to do is create a new iTunes Library on my external HD, add my iMovie projects without any conversion to it and acquire an Apple TV device to play them in full quality on TV…?

    Donalfredo

  • QuickTimeKirk Level 9 Level 9 (50,205 points)

    From iTunes file menu you can export your library. Once exported to an external drive it can be deleted from your startup internal drive freeing up a lot of space.

    iTunes and the Apple TV can "share" a user's library over the same Wi-Fi network. All of your purchased iTunes content can be played back on your TV. All of your music files can play through the better sound system found on your TV setup. Even iPhoto can share your photos and slideshows to your Apple TV.

  • Donalfredo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Kirk,

    seems as if my problem is not yet solved completely – I'm still working with iMovie HD 6.0.3 as I'm quite familiar with it and results are satisfying. But how do I export these movies to iTunes (or import them into iTunes)?

    Do I have to convert it anyway into a specific format…?

    Thanks for response

    Donalfredo

  • QuickTimeKirk Level 9 Level 9 (50,205 points)

    Export to QuickTime. Use H.264 video and AAC audio. Set the dimensions the same as the source and leave the other settings at "automatic".

    Add this new file to your iTunes Library.