iMovie import & best practices

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What are some best practices tips & techniques for importing Snagit or Camtasia Mac assets into iMovie?
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iMovie supports media formats that QuickTime will decode, so we recommend using QuickTime format for sharing from Camtasia for Mac. Select Share->Advanced Export to access the QuickTime Options.

If you are moving video from Camtasia for Mac to iMovie or another video editor, Apple has some codecs specifically designed for this purpose. Try using one of these if they are available:

Apple Intermediate Codec
Apple Pixlet Video

Animation creates very large but high-quality files. Apple Intermediate is specifically designed for editing (especially HD video), and Pixlet works well with animation and flat color graphics (cartoons, screencasts, etc.)

Note that the second two are Mac-only and will not be playable on a Windows PC, even with QuickTime for Windows installed.

For export to iDVD, share to a QuickTime movie. Make sure that your exported movie is NOT optimized for streaming as these videos will not work in iDVD. You'll want to have your finished video be the correct dimensions for a DVD so iDVD doesn't have to scale it during production.

From Snagit, you'll want to save out as png, jpeg, pdf, or tiff for best results. PNG files support transparency which can be useful in movie compositing. Snagit for Mac can resize images; we recommend saving out at the pixel dimensions you need rather than scaling images in iMovie.

You can also use iMovie as a front end for Camtasia for Mac, for example if I had video in AVCHD format. I would import to iMovie, export from AVCHD to a format that Camtasia for Mac can read, and import that clip into Camtasia.

You can drag-and-drop images from Snagit to iPhoto to import them or save to a folder on the hard drive and import within iPhoto.

Finally, remember that the mac has tools like AppleScript and Automator if you want to try your hand at creating a custom workflow from TechSmith products to other software on your computer.