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					Archiving your iMovie file

Compressing your iMovie file

For archiving purposes, unless you have an external hard drive, we can't save the whole iMovie file
itself. It's too large to fit on a dvd or a flash drive. To archive your footage, always save your video
tapes. You can import the footage to a different computer if you want to use it again. We can also
create a high quality version of your movie that will play on any computer.

Note: This file will only work on a computer, not a traditional DVD player and television. To make a
DVD that will play in a DVD player, use the iDvd program. (This is the DVD icon on your laptop.)
For tutorials on using this program, go to

1) Open up the iMovie file you want to archive.

2) Click on the Share menu at the top. Choose Quicktime from this menu.

3) Choose Full Quality from the pull down menu. Then click Share.

4) A box will come up asking you to name and save your project. Name it something memorable and
remember where you save the file on your computer. (The desktop is always a safe bet.) Then click
“Save.” A Progress bar will come up showing the compression progress, and the box will disappear
when the file is compressed.

Compression Troubleshooting:
If the compression time estimate ever estimates that it will take hours, then most likely you have run
into some problem that may be hard to track down. Cancel out of compression, consult the help menu,
check to see what you have selected in the timeline, you may even consider quitting, reopening iMovie,
and trying again.
Burning a DVD

Once your video is compressed, you're ready to put it on a recordable DVD disk.

1) Slide the disk into the disk drive on your laptop.

2) A box will come up asking you to choose an action. Choose Open Finder and then click Ok.

3) You should then get a new Finder window that shows your blank DVD.

4) Find your movie file, and drag it onto the DVD Finder window.

5) When you have the correct files on the disk, click Burn in the upper right corner.

6) Name your dvd (“Your name's movie” might be appropriate) and click Burn. This should take
several minutes.

7) When it's finished the disk name will change, and you'll be able to remove the disk from the drive.

Archiving your E-Portfolio

Follow these same steps to create a disk with your e-portfolio files on it.

1) Make sure all of your website files are in the folder called E Portfolio (or whatever you chose
to call it.)

2) Drag the folder onto the blank disk. Then click Burn.