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Q: How do I create and format a movie for the lobby displays?
A: Use iMovie to create a Quicktime movie loop for use on the lobby displays in the geology department. The displays are capable of displaying 1080p HD movies, which have a resolution of 1920 X 1080.

Set up defaults

  • In iMovie select New Project… from the File menu. Name the project
  • Set the aspect ration to Widescreen (16:9)
  • For Theme you may select None
  • Check Automatically add: Cross Dissolve
  • Click Create.
  • A new empty project will appear in iMovie.
    Screenshot: iMovie create New Project
  • Select Project Properties… from the iMovie File menu.
  • Click the Timing icon at the top of the window.
    Screenshot: iMovie Project Properties
  • Set Transitions Duration to 2.0s
  • Set the initial Photo Duration to 10s (we'll adjust this later)
  • Set Initial Photo Placement to: Fit in Frame
  • Click OK

Add the images

Recall that the displays are capable of displaying 1080p HD movies, which have a resolution of 1920 X 1080. So the best looking images will be formatted to 1920 X 1080 pixels.

  • Drag images into the project window
  • After you have dragged an image to the project, mouse over the image in the iMovie project windows and several small badges, or icons, will appear along the left side of the image
    Screenshot: add-media-to-project
  • The top badge indicates the cropping of the image, Double-click to edit
  • The middle badge indicates the slide timing, in this case 10 seconds
  • The bottom badge shows a gear. Click and hold this badge to see pop-up menu of adjustment options
  • To the right of the image is an icon representing the transition between images
  • When you mouse over the transition in the iMovie project windows several similar small badges, or icons, will appear above and below the transition.
    Screenshot: transition-settings
  • The upper badge indicates the transition timing, in this case 2 seconds
  • The lower badge shows a gear. Click and hold this badge to see pop-up menu of transition adjustment options.
    Screenshot: transition-adjustments
  • Opening the Transition Adjustments inspector allows you to change the duration of the transitionas well as the kind of transition. Set the knd of transition to Fade to Black.
    Screenshot: transition-adjustments-inspector
  • Continue to drag images into the Project window as needed
    Screenshot: project-finish

Export the movie

  • To export the movie click the iMovie Share menu and select Export using QuickTime…
  • Set the kind of export to Movie to QuickTime Movie and click the Options… button
    save-exported-file-as
  • A Movie Setting window will open
    Screenshot: export-movie-settings
  • Click the Video Settings… button
    export-video-compressor-settings
  • Set the Compression type to Apple Intermediate Codec
  • Set the Compressor Preset to HDV 1080p, and click OK
  • You will return to the Movie Setting window. Now click the Size… button
    Screenshot: export-size-settings
  • Make sure the dimensions are set to 1920 x 1080 HD and the Deinterlace Source Video is checked.
  • Click OK
  • You will return to the Movie Setting window. Now click OK
  • You will return to the Save exported file as… window. Select a location and click the Save button
    save-exported-file-as-with-settings
  • It may take several minutes to export the project
    Screenshot: exporting-project-progress

Preparing the movie

  • In the Finder, right-click the movie you exported in the previous step and select Get Info
    get-info
  • In the Get Info window find the Open with section and set to QuickTime Player 7
    Screenshot: get-info-open-with-qp7
  • Close the Get Info window
  • Open the movie with QuickTime Player 7 Pro
  • From the QuickTime Player 7 Window menu select Show Movie Properties
    Screenshot: qp7-movie-properties
  • In the Properties window click the Presentation tab
    Screenshot: Screenshot: qp7-movie-properties-presentation
  • Check the box for Automatically play movie when opened
  • Check the box for Enter Fullscreen mode when openend
  • Uncheck the box for Automatically close after playing
  • Uncheck the box for Automatically quit after playing
  • Close the Properties: Presentation window
  • Set QuickTime Player 7ViewLoop
  • Save the settings for the movie using the QuickTime Player 7FileSave item

Here is an example (but only smaller)