A Few Quick'N Dirty Tricks With Apple's VideoEditApp
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Best to my knowledge, there's actually only ONE device, which reads 'Mac-formatted'/hfs drives - this is Western Digital HD TV.
Connect that HDD via usb to that tiny box and it will display - a bit like iTunes - all content, not only your Videos, but folders of Photos or Music, on your Big Screen's Display.
Another option, I'm using, is the Playstation 3 (slim) - a nice playstation, a cheap BluRay Player, AND a Mediaplayer. Its internal hard-drive fits tons of videos. Unfortunately, it does not read .mov.
An ultra-fast way to 'convert' your h246.mov is:
• open with free tool Mpeg Streamclip
• choose 'Save as'
• in following dialog, choose MP4 - no encoding, just trans-wrapping = ultra-fast!
To transfer the newly generated .mp4 to the PS3, use any usb-mem-stick. Use your Macs Disk Utility to format that stick to 'Windows'/fat32. Create new Folders, named PHOTO, MUSIC, VIDEO (all capital). Drag your .mp4 into VIDEO.
Plugging that stick into any usb-port at the front of PS3, you'll find it its Video-menu the usb-device. You can playback from there, or, hit the O-button on remote, copy the content to PS3s local HDD.
In iM09's prefs, switch the Avanced Tools on …
the checker-board (arrow) indicates in Pixelmator, our handmade title is on a transparent background … save it as PNG, if you have any option, 24bit. Drag that title.png into your Project’s timeline, and choose pic-in-pic (1).
You are now allowed to resize and place the title, use the handles (2).
... title kaputt ..
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picture of a hole? No, a hilite-mask! The grey area is semi-transparent and results in the following effect:
On popular demand - how's that handmade CENCORED-LOGO for a Granny-proofed version of a 'nudie'-movie:
... and before you get too embarrassed: yes, my son less-dressed in the snow, I haven't asked him to do so... kinda pubescence-test.. after the sauna.. ;)
If you need nice Toon-Bubble , try plasq's ComicLife .. usually a Comic-maker, here a bubble-generator:
You can enhance the 'attention' by freezing the video… demo:
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is explained on an individual page, click here ...
Have you visit my other site, http://sites.google.com/site/idvdmodding/ , it's about creating your very own iDVD-designs..
The KB-effect is nice to make stills more 'movie like', although, some of you need a longer focus on the last frame of that effect. This is a multi-step but easy process:
… is a tiny app, free download here >>click<< with an excellent effect: It adds new cities to iM’s Maps feature, the interface is simple and self-explainatory:
you need an internet connection (CityListBuilder uses google.maps.), type-in your city’s name, select country, hit Search – if google.maps find this city (if not, try English name of city), just hit ‚Update iMovie’ – done.
ok, this is a 'dirty hack', please backup your Project!
As you already know from above, you can add 'transparent png' to an iM-Project. What about ANIMATING that?
You need for that recipe: QTpro, a paint app.
First, the animation - here, a simple Red Arrow, painted in Pixelmator, the Checkerboard indicates, the background is transparent. Save your painting as a .png. Add animation - the ol' Disney-style, frame-by-frame; here, just moved with that 'hand'-tool the arrow a bit, saved it as 2.png, moved it a bit, saved it as 3.png.. you got the idea..
Launch QuicktimePro, choose 'open pic sequence', select the first of your paintings and your framerate - tadahh! - an animation!
Now, choose File/Export/Quicktime, and under Option choose 'Animation' (surprise) as codec .. you get a nice my-animation.mov.
Back to iM09 - add a foto to the 'timeline' in your project - any foto, this is just a placeholder. Quit iM, to force it to save the project. In Finder, Movies/iMovie Project, ctl-click/right-click your Project's file, choose Show Package.
In there, you'll find a 'file' Still Images. This is a .mov, containing the placeholder! drag that into the trash-bin WARNING: This file contains ALL stills of your project! I would use that 'hack' only for short, singular clips! Drag in Finder your my-animation.mov into it, rename it to 'Still Images'.
On next launch of iM, first no change - that 'liver transplant' changes the content of the working-file, but not its Thumbnail ..
.. but skim over the it ..
A MOVING, TRANSPARENT GRAPHIC!
.. just a concept, but with some skills, you can add moving arrows, animated smilies, up-popping bunny-ears, flying saucers, whatever...
We sportfans like counters.. unfortunately, iM09 doesn't offer such a 'title effect' - so, we have to built on our own.. a multi-step process, follow to this page CLICK please ..
Have Fun with iMovie!