iApp Power Play
Subject:   I'm glad somebody else saw this....
Date:   2002-12-05 12:50:30
From:   anonymous2
I've done several of these iApp presentations ever since iPhoto came out. My boss wanted me to help him make a PowerPoint presentation, and I realized we could do so much more without it (while sacrificing the ability to control the presentation itself).
I loved the slideshow it made, but realized that iMovie gave me more power to arrange it. Rather then using QT Pro, I've been doing all my work in iMovie - which makes for very large files, but as somebody else mentioned, let's you work with transitions as well as effects (the flash effect can be great when used tastefully).
People LOVE the results (hot tip - Zapfino titles add sooo much class). I've experimented along the way, throwing video in with stills, making stills out of videos, having videos pause into still shots that go black and white (way cool).
The neatest thing I've done was where I took one of these presentations, loaded it up onto 16 iBooks, and handed them out to people in a meeting - they went nuts!
PowerPoint is dead - personal video presentation is the future. Long live iMovie!!

Darian J. DeFalco

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  • Derrick Story photo I'm glad somebody else saw this....
    2002-12-05 14:56:34  Derrick Story | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

    Indeed iMovie is a great work environment. I love it myself.

    One thing to keep in mind though is that iMovie is "DV format" based, and QT Pro and Final Cut Pro are QuickTime based. So if you import content into iMovie, edit it, then export it to QuickTime for playback, you wll have some quality loss, especially noticeable in still images. It's not bad at all for titles and soundtracks however.

    This isn't a deal breaker, as you've indicated in your note. If the quality of your original images is very high, you can have a little loss and folks won't notice -- a reasonable tradeoff for iMovie's convenience.

    You can also bring another application into our ad hoc IDE, Totally Hip's LiveSlideShow. It's a wonderful program that gives you much of the power of iMovie, but it's QT-based, so the quality is very high. You can smooth any rough edges in final production with QT Pro, and look like a champ.

    Bottom line: lot's of ways to do stuff here. I appreciate all of these great ideas.