Saturday, February 28, 2009

Cool New Project Using iMovie '09

More symptoms of my genealogy obsessive/compulsive behavior to report: one of my uncles sent me a couple of video tapes of family reunions from 1990 and 2003 and I had them transferred to DVD last week. Now I'm starting to learn iMovie '09 and am having a great time doing it. This will take some effort to get good at it, although iMovie lets you produce decent video right away. Two reasons: first, there are a gazillion options to choose from at all stages of the work flow (e.g., using Handbrake to import the DVD to any of several video file formats), and second, it takes a while to process video on an iMac. My first 4-minute, 14-second clip looks like it will take several hours to convert to a QuickTime file. The screen scrape at the top of this post shows a current prediction of eight hours (!!!) but hopefully that'll drop more quickly than real time when I stop doing other stuff on the computer at the same time.

1 comment:

raluke said...

Hoo boy, it took three hours to produce a 175 MB file for that four-minute clip! So instead of keeping that QuickTime .mov file, I repeated the process, this time producing an MPEG-4 .mp4 file. Not sure of the difference because I thought that QuickTime *is* MPEG-4, but the new file was 49 MB and took 30-40 minutes to generate.

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