what is it?
this iMovie plug-in allows you to shrink the animated surface of the clip without altering it’s absolute size, replacing the remaining surface either with a color or image. confusing description? well, let’s try it another way:
remember our plug-in that lets you put a small picture inside your clip? well, this plug-in does the opposite! it allows you to shrink your clip into a smaller area inside your clip. in the are surrounding your ‘minified’ clip you can then either display a background color or a picture of your choice. in version 3 we also throw in the ability to rotate the clip, automatically set correct tv safe areas, and use 16 different blend modes with your background image.
as before, this plug-in allows you to animate ‘shrink to position’ and ‘zoom back out’ for better visual queuing.
what should I use it for?
place clip in an image
we discovered that one of the most-often needed effects of composition can be achieved without complex matting: placing the existing clip inside a static picture. this plug-in does just that.
tv safe conversion
another useful application if for those of us who need to have their footage run on many different TV models, some of which may be old (or positively ancient): minify allows you to constrain (shrink) your clip to the ‘tv-safe’ area of the clip, making sure that nothing becomes unreadable when played on old hardware.
if you want your clip to be surrounded by a frame, choose the color here
if you want your clip to be surrounded by a frame set this slider to any value greater than 0. in that case, the slider also sets the frame's thickness.
choose a background color that will be displayed around the minified clip. you can only see this background color if you don't have a background picture assigned (see below).
click here to assign a background picture. if you don't assign a background picture the background will be filled by the background color. to clear any assigned picture, simply click on 'clear' below the image's preview.
this slider controls the duration of shrinking the full clip into the target rectangle. shrinking begins with the first frame. maximum duration (when the slider is set to 100%) is half of the clip's total duration.
this slider controls the duration of shrinking the full clip into the target rectangle. shrinking ends with the final frame. maximum shrink duration (when the slider is set to 100%) is half of the clip's total duration.
this slider sets the amount of degrees the clip will be rotated
sets the clip's opacity relative to the background. only makes much sense if you have a background image assigned.
tv safe 5%, tv safe 10%
these buttons re-set the target rectangle to tv-safe margins. the 5% button will shave off 2.5% from each edge (left, top, right, and bottom), resulting in a 5% overall image shrinkage. the 10% will shave off 5% from each side. use 10% only if you know that you have very, very old or dodgy TV hardware.
this pop-up allows 16 interesting ways to integrate the minified clip into the background. definitely worth the time experimenting.
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