Help Center Apple iMovie Exporting

When your video is complete you must export it. Although you can store it on your computer, this is not ideal as it takes up a huge quantity of valuable disk space. You may export back to the camera, a video tape or as a QuickTime movie.


To export the movie, select File>Export Movie. The dialog below will be shown. The pull-down menu at the top allows you to choose whether the camera, QuickTime or iDVD will be the destination.

Exporting to the Camera (miniDV)

When exporting to the camera (and also to VHS tape), set the amount of black space you want before the movie begins and also the time that the camera has to allow for setup. The defaults are usually fine, but you may need to increase the seconds of black to make the movie easier to find on the tape.

Exporting overwrites what is already on the tape so it is a good idea to use a different tape than the one on which your initial footage is stored. It is also a good idea to lock the original footage tape to prevent accidents.

Check that the camera is connected to the computer with the Firewire cable, and a tape is in the camera and you have cued it to the correct place. Click the Export button. The camera will set itself up and the movie will be exported. You will see a jerky form of the movie on the screen, note that this is only a preview, the tape doesn't copy as seen in the window. The movie is written to the tape at the point at which it is cued.

Transfer Movie to Your VCR

  1. Turn on the miniDV deck and external monitor. Make sure that it is properly connected to the computer with the Firewire cable.
  2. In iMovie, go to iMovie > Preferences or ; and make sure that at the "Play video through to camera" check box is checked. Now close the Preferences window.
  3. Place the playhead at the desired starting point for your video.
  4. On the VCR, select the DV (not the SVHS) button on the VCR.
  5. Set the channel on the VCR to F-1.
  6. Select the LEFT arrow on the Dub circle (pointing to the right).
  7. Set the channel on the VCR to F-1.
    Note: Sometimes this gets reset.
  8. Select the SVHS button on the VCR.
    Your video in iMovie should now show up on the external monitor. If it doesn't make sure you have followed all previous directions.
  9. Once the VCR is ready to go, click the Record button.
  10. Wait about 5 seconds and return to iMovie and click the Play button.
  11. Once the movie has finished click the Stop button on the VCR.

Exporting to Quicktime

Quicktime Export

When you want to distribute your movies electronically then convert them into QuickTime files. Both Macintosh and Windows computers can play these files and .mov files can be used for podcasting. The menus below show the selection of choices for QuickTime movies.

When the Export button is clicked the file will be created. This can take a considerable time.

Video Podcasts are common with H.264 compression and should run about 2 megabytes per minute.

Exporting to iDVD

iDVD Export

To export your project to iDVD simply go to the iDVD pane and click Create iDVD Project. This will send your movie directly into iDVD. You can also select chapters while still in iMovie by place the playhead at the desired place in the movie and clicking Add Chapter. iDVD will automatically create an scene index from these chapter created in iMovie.

Note: It is currently not possible to export directly into iDVD from iMovie in OUGL Computing Commons. You must export a DV Quicktime file and drag it into iDVD.

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