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iPhoto 5: The Missing Manual, Fourth Edition by Derrick Story, David Pogue

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Slideshow Movies on the Web

Chapter 9 offers complete details for posting individual photos on the Web. But with just a few adjustments in the instructions, you can just as easily post your slideshow movies on the Web, too, complete with music.

Preparing a Low-Bandwidth Movie for the Web (No Transitions)

You could, of course, just make a slideshow movie as described on the previous pages, and then slap it up on the Web. Unfortunately, a movie like that would involve quite a wait for your Web visitors. They would click the movie’s icon to view it—and wait while the entire 3 MB movie downloads to their computer. Only then could they begin watching it.

But if you have QuickTime Player Pro, you can create movies that start playing almost immediately when Web visitors click them. Here’s how to preprocess your finished slideshow movie so that it will start faster online. Open your movie in QuickTime Player Pro, and then follow these steps:

  1. Choose File → Export.

    The “Save exported file as” dialog box appears. Make sure that the Export pop-up menu says “Movie to QuickTime Movie,” and the Use pop-up menu says Most Recent Settings.

  2. Click Options.

    The Movie Settings dialog box appears (Figure 11-11, top). Your job is to format the movie so that it will look good without taking a long time to download.

  3. Under Video, click Settings. In the Compression Settings dialog box (Figure 11-10, bottom), choose “Photo—JPEG” from the first pop-up menu.

    This format is compact and high quality, making it a ...

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