Sunday, June 19, 2011

Tips To Use iMovie on Your IOS Devices

Date:  June 19, 2011

You love to create home movies on your iPad2 and iPhone4.


After you created those fantastic home movies, what do you do?

Here are some tips so that you can ensure all these wonderful clips were synced and downloaded and properly backup.


If you create a movie using iMovie on iPad2.  When you save it to camera roll, depends on you, you can save it as 1020p.  This is a large resolution movie file.  So, it will show up in your Camera Roll, and it can sync into your iPhoto.  It is a .MOV file.  So, if you want to put this file into your iTunes collection, you then have to do the following...

A.  DRAG the movie file from the iPhoto onto your Desktop.  It will be saved as .MOV file.

B.  DRAG the .MOV file into the iTunes Movies section.  It will be IMPORTED into iTunes.

But beware, this file has 1020p where your iPhone4 can only plays up to 720p.  So, you have to decide to save it into a 720p even if you created the movie on iPad2.  So that the .MOV is playable and can be sync back to your iPhone4.

The other method will be, once it is on your desktop, you can convert the .MOV into a IOS universal .MP4 file (of course, you will lose some of the resolutions), but it can played on both iPhone4 or iPad2.

For me, I have decided not to sync movies on iPhone4, the reason being, it has only small screen and 32Gb is the largest size.  So, if I want to show people my home movie, I will do it on iPad2.


This is crap. HaHaHa

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The reason why you want to do this is when you have made a home movie, you will have this iMovie project file.  The Project file sometimes will sync into your Movies folder on your desktop, but sometimes it will fail to do so.  So, you will need to manually DRAG these files in the App-iTunes-file list windows onto the desktop.  And it will save as .iMovieMobile extension.

You cannot open these files using iMovie on your MacOSX.  HaHaHaHa.  So, what is the use for these?

For example, later, if you want to edit the movie again, you can relaunch this project file.  But, if you have a habit of moving your photos and movies into your iPhoto and rearrange them into other folders.  and sometimes do not sync it back to the iPhone or iPad...  Then, when you relaunch the iMovie project, it will tell you that it cannot file the media files, i.e. photos and movies.  Then, you will have to go and recall, and search for these media files and sync the album back so that iMovie on the iPhone/iPad can find the Media file.

If you look at the size of the .iMovieMobile, it is as large as the movie, that means, it actually contains the movie files but not the individual photos and movie clips.  So strange and I cannot explain it...

So, I think the .iMovieMovile files is totally useless.


At the moment, please make sure that you have WIFI and the Internet works, or you have enough hard disk space on your iPhone4 or iPad2.  Otherwise, it will not complaint anything, but simply freeze there.  :)


The iMovie on iPad2 and iPhone4 is really a good tool.  Very easy to make the movies.  But it depends on the iPhoto movies library, iPhoto photo library as well as iTunes music library and have pointers to point to those files.  So, once you break the dependencies, your project file is as good as useless.

So, if your only aim to create home movie and keep the home movie files.  Then, it is good tools.  If you aim to create the movies and then wanted to edit it later, please make sure all the media files are in tact.


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