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settings for exporting movie files in imovie

Posted: Tue, 28th May 2002, 7:38pm

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boba

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Hi
i am using imovie to export to alam 2.Could anyone please let me know
what settings i should use in imovie when exporting.compression,number of frames i should select, etc as every movie i import into alam 2 stutters
or is this normal.
Or would i be better of using final cut pro instead.
thanks
boba. smile
Posted: Wed, 29th May 2002, 1:15am

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Neo

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Bounty Hunter:

Final Cut Pro 3 is obviously much better and in my honest opinion, you can learn it just as quickly, but if you're new to NLE then stick with iMovie 2 for now. Here is what you are looking for:

From iMovie 2 to ALAMDV2:

1) In iMovie, select "File", Export
2) From the Dropdown menu select "To Quicktime"
3) From there, select "Custom" Settings
4) Select a frame size of 640x480. Under Video Compressor, select "None", Number of Frames should be set to 29.97 fps (unless you're in Europe using PAL, which is 25 fps)
5) You can turn Audio Compression off as well becuase ALAMDV2 doesn't read Audio, only Video (you need to "Extract Audio from Clip" inside iMovie2 before you export to presevre the audio from your clip)
6) Export your clip onto your Desktop
7) Open ALAMDV2 and locate the Quicktime clip you just exported, import it (Standard Import)

From ALAMDV2 to iMovie2:

1) Select Export
2) Export to Quicktime using the same settings you used in iMovie2 (640x480, No Video Compression, 29.97 fps or 25 fps PAL)
3) Open the exported clip in Quicktime Pro 5 and select "File", "Export" (convert it). You need to change the file type to DV Stream. iMovie's major shortcoming is that it won't read ANYTHING except DV files.
4) Open iMovie2 and select "File", "Import" and import the DV Stream file you just exported from Quicktime (confused yet wink )
5) You will need to "Park" the clip on the Timeline in iMovie2 above the Audio you "extracted" from the original clip (select "Lock Audio at Playhead" from one of the dropdown menus)

That's it. Good luck.

-Neo
Posted: Thu, 30th May 2002, 3:22pm

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boba

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Thanks Neo for replying,i tried the settings you gave me and the
video in Alamdv still stutters when playing.I am using the latest demo
version or is the video ment to stutter while using effects and is fixed
when exporting? This problem is the only thing stopping me from buying the full version.I am using mac os 10 and restarted the system to 9.xx
but still stutters any ideas?
thanks
boba.
Posted: Fri, 31st May 2002, 3:19am

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Neo

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I'm not sure what you mean by stutters? Are you talking about the DV Stream you import back into iMovie2? Make sure you use the same settings in ALAMDV2 to export (Video Compression set to "None", 640x480 Height & Width, 29.97 fps NTSC). I've never used the Demo Version so this might be some sort of "Safety" feature that Schwar installed on it.

Can you post your system specs for me and tell me exactly what you are doing when this occurs. It would help.

-Neo
Posted: Thu, 6th Jun 2002, 12:25pm

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anonymous

Hi Neo
Thanks again for replying.What i mean by stuttering is the movie
plays in slow motion the bigger the movie size.If i import the movie into
alamdv2 at 640 by 480 it plays extremly slow if i import a movie say 240
by ...... it plays faster but is still a little slow.I used the settings you gave
me when exporting.The system i'm using is a mac G4 dual processor 500
MHZ Mac os 10 but i restarted to 9.2 but still plays slowly.I have 256mb and virtual memory is turned off.I've tried different settings in imovie while exporting but still no joy.
thanks
boba.
Posted: Thu, 6th Jun 2002, 10:50pm

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Neo

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I think I misunderstood you sorry.

You mean when you are inside ALAMDV and you click the play button on the transport bar, playback is staggered. Correct? That's normal. You are using "unrendered" footage at that point so your system has to calculate the changes (effects) as well as play back the video using the proper CODEC. You get the same type of effect trying to play an uncompressed movie in Quicktime Pro 5. When you export your footage from ALAMDV and back into iMovie2 as a DV Stream via Quicktime like I suggested it will be ok (meaning it shouldn't stutter in iMovie2).

If I've still misunderstood you let me know.

-Neo
Posted: Fri, 7th Jun 2002, 7:22am

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boba

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Hi Neo,
Thanks again, as i said i am using a demo version so i wont be able
to export from alamdv but i didn't want to buy the full version of alamdv
because of my movie playing so slowly in alamdv i will be buying it next
week thanks again for your support on this you are a major asset to this
company.
boba.
Posted: Sat, 8th Jun 2002, 1:15pm

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Neo

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No problem.
I can tell you this, you won't be disappointed. biggrin

-Neo