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Saving iMovie stuff to Quick Time


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Is there a more simple way to save movies I've edited in iMovie to Quick Time than the usual 4-5 hour wait it takes to save to Quick Time? What I ultimately want to do is edit movies in iMovie and open them up in an application other iMovie. Can I do this?

Also, I just ordered 4GB of RAM from Crucial, will that substantially increase the wait to time when transferring files to Quick Time?

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What version of iMovie are you using? What is the length of the movie and codecs you are using for your export?

Given what you have said, the end application you would play your finished product in would be QuickTime or something that can play QT movies. I would then suggest exporting using the H.264 codec with multi pass. See my iMovie Export Guide to learn about this.

Another output option is to export in a format friendly to iDVD and burn your self a DVD that is playable in most current generation players. I think I'd use the Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) for this. Excepting iMovie 08, iMovie can send your movie directly to iDVD and you don't have to mess with choosing a codec.

Ram can help decrease rendering time. Going from 1 to 4 should be helpful, but I'm not sure what the difference might be.

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When asking questions, post the version of your software. You'll receive better answers.

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Wow, that was excellent answer. I am running iMovie 08. Most concert bootleg concerts are 90-120 minutes. I have burned some to DVD but I'm thinking of just keeping them here on a backup hard drive since I rarely watch DVD's other than right here on the Mac. I'll check out that Export Guide link you've provided.

Thank you, and I'll post to let you know how it came out. Thanks again.

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