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black_nail
10th February 2008, 11:49 AM
Hey guys... hope this has been asked here already..

What i want to do is add a watermark to movies i make in iMovie 08..
I know how to add text and fade it out, but i am talking about an actual image.. like a logo..

anyone know how to do this?

cosmichobo
10th February 2008, 02:30 PM
I just had a play (in iMovie 6...) and couldn't see anywhere to put a watermark... (or, to overlay 2 clips atop each other, which is basically what a watermark is).

So... unless someone else has any ideas... you'll probably need to try another program...

purana
10th February 2008, 02:37 PM
I think you'd have to post process the output file using another application to insert the watermark. I'd be keen to hear how someone has done it.

lurka
10th February 2008, 02:50 PM
FCE i think will be the way to achieve this

black_nail
10th February 2008, 03:13 PM
ok cool.

whats FCE?

STK
10th February 2008, 03:29 PM
Final Cut Express

black_nail
10th February 2008, 03:32 PM
oh ok cool..
thanks..

i guess i have to think about how important a water mark really is to me then. i don't think it would be very economical to go out and buy another program just so i can watermark my vids.

haha

gilligan911
10th February 2008, 03:35 PM
FCE = Final Cut Express. I don't think there is any way to do this in iMovie 08. There is no facility for "layers" - the subtitles is all it has. There was a plugin for the old iMovie but it won't work in 08.

You can do it is Quicktime Pro if you don't have FCE.


First, open up the movie you want to watermark in QuickTime player. Then drag the image you want to use as a watermark from the Finder right onto the movie. This doesn't give you quite what you want, as the image only appears for a split second, but it lets QuickTime know what you're working with at least.

Now, press ⌘A (or click "Select All" in the Edit menu) to select the whole length of the movie. In the Edit menu, click "Add to Selection & Scale" to add that image to the movie again, but this time pasting it onto the movie's entire duration.

Then go to the Window menu, and select "Show Movie Properties" (or press ⌘J). The window that appears will show you the different layers in your QuickTime movie. First of all, you want to select the one that's got a very short duration *and* shows up as an image format (such as PNG, which is what I tested with) that's the image you first dragged onto there, that only got pasted as a little blip. You can press the "Delete" button above the list to get rid of that one, leaving just the movie, the audio track (if there is one) and your watermark image that lasts as long as the movie does. Select that image layer now, and go to the "Visual Settings" tab underneath.

On the right, there's a box called "Transformation"; in there, there are two text boxes next to the label "Offset". These let you choose where the image appears on your movie, counting in pixels from 0,0 at the top-left corner. (So, if you wanted your watermark at the bottom-right instead, you'd subtract the image's width from the width of the movie and put the result in the first box, then do the same with the heights and the second box.)

On the bottom left of the Properties window and this is assuming that you're using an image that has transparency you'll find a drop-down list that's labeled "Transparency". Set this to "Straight Alpha Blend"; this tells QuickTime to make use of the transparency information already in the image (instead of just showing an opaque box around the image), and also gives you a slider you can use to make the watermark more or less transparent.

It may sound confusing, but it kinda makes sense as you go along, and this method doesn't require you to install any software that wasn't on your Mac to begin with. Hope this helps!

themessup
10th February 2008, 03:37 PM
Hey guys... hope this has been asked here already..




no you don't because then people will go off at you for re-posting. :) just joking. What do you want to use the watermark for?

cosmichobo
10th February 2008, 04:23 PM
You could just add a splash screen at the start/end, advertising whatever it is you're wanting to watermark...

Possibly better, as watermarks, whilst identifying, are also annoying in nature.

black_nail
10th February 2008, 06:21 PM
no you don't because then people will go off at you for re-posting. :) just joking. What do you want to use the watermark for?

hehe yeh i know it is frowned upon... i did do a quick forum search before i posted though and didn't see anything...

the watermark is not a necessity, i just want it cause i think it will add a somewhat "professional feel" to my vids.. Don't get me wrong.. they are NOT professional by any stretch of the imagination.. but i want at least the illusion that they are less ammeter than they really are! and i think that a watermark might help with that.

themessup
10th February 2008, 06:54 PM
oh ok then

cosmichobo
10th February 2008, 07:09 PM
the watermark is not a necessity, i just want it cause i think it will add a somewhat "professional feel" to my vids.. Don't get me wrong.. they are NOT professional by any stretch of the imagination.. but i want at least the illusion that they are less ammeter than they really are! and i think that a watermark might help with that.

If this is something that you have a passion for, and hope to go on to do in more than an amateur fashion, then I'd suggest forking out for FCE, or even FCP (Final Cut Pro... the "full" version of FCE).

If it's only a hobby and always going to be a hobby... iMovie is great.

black_nail
10th February 2008, 07:17 PM
If this is something that you have a passion for, and hope to go on to do in more than an amateur fashion, then I'd suggest forking out for FCE, or even FCP (Final Cut Pro... the "full" version of FCE).

If it's only a hobby and always going to be a hobby... iMovie is great.

haha wow that made me think..
umm.. i think it is a hobby i am passionate about.

i like to make them as good as i can with the little means i have got..

i think i'll research Final Cut and see if i think it seems too advanced for me or not..
might be a nice gift to myself if im a good boy..

thanks for the suggestions.