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Use iPhoto '05 as a general media organizer Apps
I received a copy of the new iPhoto (part of iLife '05), and I wanted to let everyone know how it is becoming more of an iMedia type application. You not only can import movies from your cameras, but you can import any supported QuickTime movie from your computer as well. You can make smart albums that grab all the movies and allow you to browse through any movie loaded in iPhoto. Double-clicking the movie then opens it in QuickTime. I find this to be the most useful trick in iPhoto05 and wanted to share with everyone in the community.

[robg adds: Steve demoed the camera movie trick during the Keynote, but it was unclear how well iPhoto would handle other movie types. A fairly simple tip, indeed, but quite useful -- for instance, I intend to use iPhoto to organize my collection of movie trailers and music video clips from the iTunes store...]
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Use iPhoto '05 as a general media organizer
Authored by: zedwards on Jan 21, '05 11:26:57AM

Does iPhoto copy the movies to its own directory? If so, any way around it?



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Use iPhoto '05 as a general media organizer
Authored by: jaysoffian on Jan 22, '05 12:24:40AM

Yes, it does copy them, just like it does with photos.

I guess you could manually replace the copied movie (in the iPhoto Library) with a symlink back to the original after you've imported it. Ick.



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Use iPhoto '05 as a general media organizer
Authored by: renderhead on Jan 21, '05 11:28:39AM

I assume this can only be used to play back quicktime-compatible movie files, but is is possible to catalog non-quicktime compatible movies along with them, playing them back in another application? Even if it only displayed a "cannot be displayed" icon in place of a thumbnail, it would be nice to see that I had a .wmv version of a particular music video along with all of my quicktime music videos.



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types of files
Authored by: earthsaver on Jan 21, '05 12:23:27PM

So far as I can tell, iPhoto only supports AVIs, which I'm pretty sure is the only type of standard movie file used by cameras. That's too bad. I, too, was hoping to organize my movie collection (such as Apple commercials) in iPhoto, but it won't accept them. Doesn't seem to like MOVs or MP4s. Oh well.

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types of files
Authored by: foobar104 on Jan 22, '05 03:00:41PM

I don't know what you're doing wrong, but for me, iPhoto accepts any file that QuickTime can interpret. That includes Movie files (.mov), AVI files and MPEG-1, -2 and -4 files.



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Use iPhoto '05 as a general media organizer
Authored by: shavenyak on Jan 21, '05 11:51:40AM

So let me get this straight... if I buy an iPod Photo, I can use iTunes to sync photos to it, but I need to keep my music videos organized in iPhoto?

Is this what Apple means by "Think Different" now?

Just kidding... I know you can organize QuickTime movies in iTunes also. But, they only play in that tiny little album art area, at least as far as I can tell. It's a bit bizarre if iPhoto actually turns out to be a better place to keep them organized.



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Use iPhoto '05 as a general media organizer
Authored by: insidertravels on Feb 24, '06 03:59:23PM

You can double click on that small preview movie in iTunes to make it open up much bigger in its own window.



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Use iPhoto '05 as a general media organizer
Authored by: biscuit on Jan 21, '05 12:49:48PM

Sounds like a nice trick, but couldn't you just use the Finder? Pulling the movies off a camera is one thing; that was always a pain before and it makes sense that it's in iPhoto. But for files you've downloaded it would be just as easy to have folders within the Movies folder. The Finder will even play Quicktime movies in the Preview pane of column view.

Once we have Tiger, you'll be able to use the saved spotlight searches to make smart folders too.

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Use iPhoto '05 as a general media organizer
Authored by: Azark on Jan 21, '05 12:56:27PM

Yes, but you could say the same about pictures, no?

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iPhoto 05 searchable?
Authored by: huzzam on Jan 21, '05 01:13:20PM

Is it possible to search for specific titles/keywords in iphoto now? For cataloging large numbers of media files, it's crucial to be able to set some metadata & search it. In iTunes my most frequently used feature is the search window, by far, and I've never found an equivalent in iphoto. As far as I can tell, you have to just sort your whole library according to the field you want to use as your criterion, and then scroll through the whole thing till you find the word you want. Which only works if that word is the first word in the field...



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iPhoto 05 searchable?
Authored by: maddys_daddy on Jan 21, '05 10:28:11PM

Ah, I see you haven't discovered the true power of "Smart Albums" yet. While it is just a bit kludgy, you can set alot of various search criteria in Smart Albums, which will actively update as more stuff is added that matches your criteria. I keep a Smart Album called "Find". Whenever I want to search for something, i.e. all photos with a keyword containing the word "vacation", I just edit that smart album to set the criteria appropriately. Yes, a Search field would definitely be a better solution, until Apple gets that in there, Smart Albums are a powerful search tool.



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iPhoto 05 searchable?
Authored by: socoast on Jan 24, '05 12:02:34PM

iPhoto is very very searchable.
You can add keywords, photos can have multiple keywords, you can make smart albums that auto select new photos by defined criteria, you can sort by different criteria. You can have subfolders, also you can alter some metadata globally.



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Use iPhoto '05 as a general media organizer
Authored by: Dougb on Jan 21, '05 06:09:42PM

This is something apple needs, and it seems like the pieces are in place... we need a general browser that can view photos, listen to albums, view movies, and if we're really good, Steve will let us control it from a bluetooth remote!!!

Home Media Center???

And if that's all it did it would be cool. They already have the licensing in place for this, so it should be easy, then down the road if possible add DVR functions, phone messaging, what ever, but get the basic out the door... it would work real well with that Mac Mini in the living-room... :-)



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Use iPhoto '05 as a general media organizer
Authored by: Zo-1 on Jan 22, '05 08:51:26PM

You and Cringely might just be onto something . . .

<http://www.pbs.org/cringely/pulpit/pulpit20050120.html>



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Use iPhoto '05 as a general media organizer
Authored by: kirkmc on Jan 22, '05 04:02:36AM

Slightly off-topic, but if it turns you on you can also store PDFs in iPhoto. It may seem like a waste of time (and with Spotlight in Tiger it probably will be), but you can search for them quickly and see the first page of any PDF. If you have lots of PDFs, this can be a good organizational method.

Then again, you can organize PDFs in iTunes too, now...

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iPhoto '05 with large collections
Authored by: Spiritman on Jan 22, '05 10:05:44PM

I have 15,000 photos in iPhoto4.....any of you convert large librarys to 5 yet? Problems? Export function on 4 is buggy giving warnings of " not enough disk space" or " file is busy" but sometimes it does work......has that been improved on several hundred file export?

thanks



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Use iPhoto '05 as a general media organizer
Authored by: socoast on Jan 24, '05 12:14:59PM

PDF is one of the few formats NOT supported in iPhoto. It's a real pity too, because the only way you can save a book layout (besides printing it on paper) is to Print>Save to PDF.
So, no making slideshows using the cool book layout themes.

I do it anyway, but it involves 3 extra tedious steps or some scripting involving saving to pdf, then breaking the pdf into individual pages, then using Preview to export as JPEG, then importing back into iPhoto.

Any scripter want to take a shot at making one script to automate the whole process?



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Won't work with all movie-recording gadgets
Authored by: jigu on Jan 23, '05 05:50:49PM

Yeah, that's cool. Too bad that it won't auto-import movies from many models, including my SonyEricsson V800 photo-cellphone, or allows a way to manually set where to look for them.

(It automatically finds shot photos, but not shot videoclips, you have to manually open the virtual disc image and drag them over to iPhoto).

Eh, well.



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Use iPhoto '05 as a general media organizer
Authored by: slffl on Jan 25, '05 01:56:47PM

Has anyone run into this problem? I made a Smart Album for filenames containing .avi. Some .avi movies from my Canon S500 I had imported from the harddrive showed up fine. However, after importing some other new movies directly into iPhoto from a CF card, these movies don't show up in the Smart Album. What filename does iPhoto use with these imported movies?



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Use iPhoto '05 as a general media organizer
Authored by: mlm on Feb 06, '05 12:47:11AM

Yes, I just noticed the same problem with .AVI's imported from my Canon S1 IS. I was bewildered until finding your question, which pointed me to the answer -- just look in your iPhoto folder under a date for which you have some AVI's and you'll see that what's there are actually a .jpg's (not .JPG, as the photos imported from my camera are named) rather than the AVI's you expect. Apparently iPhoto generates a jpg for the (first frame of the?) movie and moves the movie itself to the "Originals" folder.

So, how do you make a smart album for your movies? Fortunately, the movies imported from my camera all have file names beginning with MVI_, so instead of specifying "ending with .AVI" I specified "beginning with MVI_". (I had already made a smart album for components of a panorama, which happen to get imported as files whose names begin with "ST".)



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Use iPhoto '05 as a general media organizer
Authored by: slffl on Jan 25, '05 02:04:50PM

How are you saving movie trailers and music videos from iTunes store? I can't figure out a way to do it.



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How to save iTunes Music Videos
Authored by: nickv2002 on Feb 06, '05 02:19:59AM
Use iPhoto '05 as a general media organizer
Authored by: smkolins on Mar 23, '05 09:49:00AM

It seems to import fine but exports are far and few between. Specifically the export to web simply bypasses any movies selected and if only a movie is selected that export option is grayed out. In fact the only options appear to be burn to cd and export direct to a homepage online in .Mac and then you are limited to one page, and upto 48 graphics.

I just came back from Ukraine with an adopted daughter and have tons of pictures and movies and have spent hours and hours working with web exported folders of iPhoto pictures having to hand add the movies (and shrink the jpeg resolution though now I can at least use the Smallimage2 app to batch process all those!) I was so excited to hear about dealing with movies it never occured to me it would be so unusable as a feature.

While we're at it I wish iPhoto would look at an exported folder of an album and allow adding to it as the album grows rather than doing a complete fresh export (which then requires the above steps all over again.)

And yes - why not incorporate the abilities of Smallimage2 into iPhoto?

But some questions too - In iPhoto movies show up as a still image of the first frame - does that become the "thumbnail" of the movie in a Homepage? Sure would be nice if that worked when exported to web works if it ever does.

And then there's the ability to enhance movies as well as photos... Seems to me the only option is to convert the mpg files to dv ( I use MPEG Streamclip to convert to dv, import to iMovie which has basic contrast/brightness controls) but talk about going around your elbow. I would be fine if iPhoto would just deal with the little movies of digital cameras and iMovie handled "real" movies.

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