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Basic Step by Step:

  1. Before you start, storyboard your ideas. Plan the order of your pictures and the story you want to tell.
  2. Scan your pictures and move them with a flash drive to the computer on which you are working.
  3. Import your pictures into your project.
  4. Create title slides including one for the beginning of your show (My Travels Through Life, Brandi Caldwell, May 23, 2006), a quote that defines you for the first part of your show, titles that provide commentary/stages/chapters throughout, and a thank you slide for the ending.
  5. Put your title slides in the show.
  6. Fix your timings for stills. (Go to Photos and slide rabbit/turtle slider- click Update. 12 seconds for title slides, 7-10 seconds for pics)
  7. Import video clip if applicable.
  8. Add narration.
  9. Add audio track.
  10. Export to iDVD.
  11. Burn to DVD.
  12. Create label.
  13. Use Photoshop and scan 4 pictures at a time. Then crop and save them individually- Big Time Saver!

Photoshop Scanning Pics Procedure:
  • Put as many pics as possible on scanner.
  • Open Adobe Photoshop
  • Click File/ Import
  • Choose the scanner
  • Click New Scan on the scanner box
  • After the scan, make sure the dotted line surrounds all pics and choose Accept
  • In Photoshop, use the rectangular dotted line tool to select individual pics from the scan
  • Choose Edit/Copy
  • Choose File/New
  • Name the new file "your name #" and save onto desktop to be dragged to your folder
  • Choose Edit/Paste
  • If a pic needs to be rotated, choose Edit/Rotate Canvas
  • Choose File/Save

Title slides in iMovie:
If you want to create a block of text on a title slide, but you don't want it to scroll, follow these tips:
  • Go to "scrolling block" in titles.
  • Create your text.
  • Drop the "scrolling block" of text into your show AT THE END (even if that is not where you want it)
  • Once it has rendered, be sure that clip is selected, and play the clip.
  • When the block of text scrolls up to the center, pause the play of it.
  • Go up to Edit and click "create still frame"
  • It will save a still frame of your text as a clip.
  • You can then drag it into your show wherever you want and delete the original one at the end of the show.
  • Done!

MUSIC- ADD THE FUNK!

Go to Google and type in "royalty free" music or "copyright free" music.
Follow this link http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Music/FREE.html

If you like pictures and instructions, here is a foolproof PDF file that will guide you through. (You must have Adobe Reader)

Advanced tips... a must read!
Apple website with tutorial (great video about picture settings)

Read further for a detailed description of each step:

Start the Show --
When you launch iMovie, it prompts you to create a new movie project. Call it something meaningful, like "Third Birthday." At first your project is empty, so use the File menu's Import File option to navigate to the folder containing your photos. You can import each file individually, but it's easier to select all the files by pressing Command-A, which highlights all the files. After you click the Import button and wait a few minutes (depending on how many pictures you're importing), the images appear as thumbnail clips in the right section of iMovie's interface, also called the Shelf. At this point, the photos haven't yet been added to a movie; the Shelf acts like a holding pen.

Assemble the Cast -- As you look at thumbnails in the Shelf, start thinking about which photos to use and the order in which your slides will appear. To start building your movie, drag and drop your chosen thumbnails to the bar at the bottom of the screen, which is called the Clip Viewer, keeping in mind that the movie will play from left to right. You can reorder the movie by dragging and dropping pictures to other locations in the Clip Viewer. iMovie assigns a default time of five seconds to each picture, indicated by the numbers that appear at the top of the clip.
If you want to modify the length of time a picture is displayed, select the clip and change the value in the Time field at the top of the Clip Viewer. (iMovie uses timecode notation for clip length, so a length of five seconds looks like this: "00:05:00". Broken down, this reads as "zero minutes, five seconds, and zero frames" - since each second of video is comprised of 30 frames, a number such as "00:12:26" would be zero minutes, twelve seconds, and twenty-six frames, or just four frames shy of becoming thirteen seconds.)
At this point, you've created a basic slide show. Using the controls in the Monitor (the main window), play your slide show from start to finish, or scroll forward and back through the movie by dragging the Playhead (the small triangular control located just below the Monitor's screen). It's a pretty boring slide show so far, though, so the following steps will make it much cooler.

Adding Titles -- Let's start by adding a main title to the slide show. Click the Titles button at the bottom of the Shelf to display the Titles panel, which shows a list of available title styles. Clicking an item in the list shows a rough example in the preview window at the top of the panel, so feel free to click each one to see the different styles.
Let's use Centered Multiple, which displays several lines of text, faded in and out in series. Type the name of your slide show in the text fields below the title list; iMovie shows only two lines at a time in this title style, which is why the fields are broken out in pairs. The second set can be used to enter the date of the event, some comments, or whatever you choose. Click the plus-sign button to add another set of two lines. Since this is the title of the entire slide show, we want it to appear on its own instead of piggybacking on one of the slide images, so click the checkbox labeled Over Black. When you're satisfied with the results, use drag & drop to place the title name (Centered Multiple) at the beginning of the slide show. Now you've added a professional intro. A small black bar appears on the bottom of the clip's thumbnail, with a red bar inching across to indicate the progress of rendering the title clip. Don't worry, you can work with other pictures while this is going on.
Adding titles to individual slides follows the same process, but without enabling the Over Black option. Instead, select a thumbnail in the Clip Viewer and choose another title style; type the title; choose options for font, size, color, and duration using the controls in the Titles pane; and drag the title style at the position just to the left of the picture it will appear on. iMovie overlays titles on top of clips, so if the title's duration is longer than the clip, the title overlaps the next clip or creates a new clip if it's at the end of the movie.

Adding Transitions -- By now, our slides appear in the order we want, and many of them include titles. However, each slide image appears abruptly one after another, so let's make our show a little more interesting. Let's use the Overlap transition. Click the Transitions button in the Shelf to view the list of available transitions and select Overlap. Specify the effect's duration by dragging the Speed slider. When you're satisfied with the effect shown in the preview window, drag the transition to the space between the two slides where you want the effect. iMovie inserts a transition icon in the Clip Viewer and renders the transition.

Adding Narration -- At this point you have the equivalent of a silent film, so let's turn it into a talkie. Click the Audio button in the Shelf to bring up the Audio panel. Before you begin speaking, position the Playhead in the Monitor window at the point where the narration will begin. Using a built-in or external microphone connected to your Mac, click the Record Voice button to record some dialog about a particular image. Click Stop when you are done.
As iMovie recorded your voice, it switched to the Timeline Viewer, which displays more detail about when clips start and stop. As you record, a small orange bar appears on the audio track portion of the timeline. Click the segment to find out how long your voice clip was. If you want to match the image's duration to that of the narration, select the picture's clip, switch to the Clip Viewer, and edit the Time field. Repeat this for every slide you want to add narration. If you want to add sound effects, iMovie provides some fun ones that you can drag onto the Timeline or Clip Viewers.

Adding a Soundtrack -- The last step is to add a score to your slide show. You can import audio files in AIFF or MP3 formats, which appear as purple bars in iMovie's second sound track area. Position the Playhead at the point you want the music to begin, then use the Import File command under the File Menu to navigate to the folder containing your music and import a clip. If the music is too long, you can shorten it by dragging the triangle on the far right of the song clip. Unlike iPhoto, you can add more music clips where you want.
You're done! You've created a professional looking slide show. Now, it's time to release it to the world at large.