Step 8: 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.
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<p>Tried to follow your directions but the video shakes between frames/photos. Any advice on how to adjust that? </p>
There are numberous apps for slideshow creation. The iMovie works great. Besides, the iPhoto and iDVD are also great tools. <br> <br>check out this free Mac slide show software review <br> <br>http://mac-dvd.dvd-photo-slideshow.com/free-slideshow-software-for-mac-review.html
I made a video slideshow by this <a href="http://www.kvisoft.com/flash-video-gallery/" rel="nofollow">flash video gallery maker</a>. It looks that the slideshow is very cool.
Nice, featured twice. Great Instructable.
Yeah, I can't believe it either. Thanks! The video was featured first. I didn't have the instructable done at that time. I was still learning and getting everything correct. I took a lot of pictures to try to explain everything well.
If you want to make actual movies on your mac and you own iLife '08, then you can download <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/imovieHD6.html">iMove HD '06</a> which is better.<br/>
Thanks for the info. I heard iMovie 06 had HD capabilities, but I don't have to much I want to do with movies yet. I'll get into it more this summer for sure though. Thanks for checking out my 'ible.
I don't like imovie. I can't make stop motions.
Check out<a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/imovieHD6.html">iMovie HD '06</a> for stop motions.<br/>
Thanks for the heads up.
What do you use to make stop motions? Yeah the quickest picture frame in iMovie is .25 seconds...
I don't, I would like to though.
Yeah after this project I might look into that as well. I will be moving and I'm not able to take a lot of my tools with me so my hobbies are going to change a bit. Stop motion animation has always looked cool and is something I'd like to play with as well.
Hahaha very nice, where can i actually see it?? i have the Tiger OSX version of iMovie, safe to say it sucks donkey genitalia, when you create a new project and import the video the file size jumps up to 3GB !!! or 16GB if its over 10 min of video. Leopard OSX is $80+ and i dont even know if my 2005 iMac can handle it!!
Yeah that sucks... this video was one minute 20 seconds and is only 28mb. I think Apple made a lot of effort upgrading the iLife programs for 08 to actually be more user friendly. I love it!
oh i found the video :D its very good
I was interested in how you made that awesome video! Awesome job, and thanks for making it into an instructable!
Thanks! It took longer than I though to post but I'm glad you like it. It is really easy to use iMovie.

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