Step 8: Controlling Pan and Transitions

Picture of Controlling Pan and Transitions
Now that we have all of our pictures added to our video we need to tweak each slide to make it look good. As you move your pointer over each slide you will notice three little icons pop up.

The first one in the top left is for Video Adjustments. Here you can change the levels, exposure, brightness, contrast, saturation, and white point. Since all my images were good already I left all these alone.

The second icon from the top left corner is the crop tool. You use this to pan or zoom the camera across your slide. There are three options, fit, crop and Ken Burns. I am sure there are probably more, I just don't know enough about iMovie yet to know how to set them up. These are the only ones that I used. Fit is for exactly as it sounds, fitting your image to the video size you have selected. Be warned it may crop your image incorrectly. Crop is for cropping your own image. Ken Burns is for the cool pan and zoom effects. This is very cool and easy to use. While in crop mode you will see one, two or no boxes over your video preview box. Fit shows no box, Crop shows a green box and Ken Burns shows red and green boxes. The boxes are all easy to adjust. The hand moves it and the cross-hair resizes it. Once done click the "done" button to return or click the next slide and continue cropping and panning.

The last icon is a little clock, for setting the time of the slide. Since the least amount of time you can set is 0.25 try something closer to 2 - 2.5 seconds. Anything quicker for a slide show will be hard to take in unless thats what you want. You can also set the entire project to 2 seconds and change your title screen time. This helps when you have 50 or 60 slides.