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Use PowerPoint to make collages for iMovie Apps
My girlfriend was working on a movie for her office holiday party, and wanted to combine several photos together to make collages. I thought about using Photoshop or another graphics program, but finally settled on this simple method -- we decided to use PowerPoint:
  1. Insert photos onto a blank slide.
  2. Resize, crop, and add shadows using the Drawing tools.
  3. Export by selecting File: Save As, and change the format from PowerPoint to JPEG.
This will save single slides as JPEG by default. Under the Options tab, you can also change PowerPoint to save all slides as a sequence of JPEGs. This trick also works using the free OpenOffice, but use File: Export to save the slide collage as JPEG.

[robg adds: Yes, this can be done relatively easily in any major graphics program. But sometimes, it's just easier to use a simpler solution. I actually use Keynote for this quite often, as I like it's layout and graphics options. It doesn't, however, have a Save as JPEG option, and using a PDF export, you'll lose transparency. So I just take a screenshot of the final layout and then use that...]
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Use PowerPoint to make collages for iMovie
Authored by: Anonymous on Jan 03, '05 12:29:43PM

I use Keynote to create DV file to import in iMovie.
Just create a blank template with the following size: 768 x 576 pixels

You can create picture in picture effects, transparency, play with Keynote effects etc...
Then you export in QT format, change the settings to a DV format so iMovie can import it and you're done !
Who said you needed an expensive video editing program to do cool stuff?

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Use PowerPoint to make collages for iMovie
Authored by: Tin Man on Jun 14, '05 09:07:28PM

I tried this today because I liked so many Keynote features yet I liked PowerPoint because I could rehearse timings and insert narration at various points. My only problem was that when I played back my presentation the iMovie clips (formerly Keynote clips) were not as sharp. Do you know what I'm doing wrong? I used the highest quality. They work fine but the quality just isn't as good as the PP slides. Thanks in advance. Oh, I have QT 7 Pro, iMovie 4 and Keynote 2.

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