Frequently Asked Questions

Importing Media


Sharing Projects



How are MovieWorks and MediaWorks Different?

Both MovieWorks and MediaWorks allow the creation of different kinds of movies than may be created in products like iMovie and Photos without the learning curve and expense of Final Cut and Adobe Premiere. These movies may easily be uploaded to mobile devices, the web, burned to DVD,or imported into other applicaitons. You can also create buttons, custom playback controls (Play, Stop, Rewind, Quit) to match the theme of your presentation, and link to web pages and any external files in MediaWorks.

  • Creative Screen Composition - iMovie and Photos are great if you just want to create a production that goes from video or picture A to video or picture B, but they do not allow for creative screen compostion and unlimited object compositing like this Family Wedding Anniversary movie that was created in MovieWorks. Positioning objects in MovieWorks is fast and easy with its object-oriented design and alignment tools.
  • Precise Timing - Most consumer slide show programs do not allow for precise timing where pictures or text/titling changes may be easily set to change at a particular instance in a music track or narration. MovieWorks allows you to set markers in your music or narration track and easily link picture or text changes to these markers. Here is a great example!
  • Unlimited Object Overlays - overlay any number of picture, animation, text, narration, music or video tracks. Here is an example created by elementary school students with a video overlay explaining the results of a Math research project.

How do I change the "view" in the Sequencer window?

On the bottom left, there is a menu allowing you to view by Time, Import Order, Layer or Media Type. Link Objects together using the Links menu option in the Object menu so they move together when repositioned in the Sequencer.

How do I resize my video to a specific size?

Either resize it by dragging one of its resize handles in the Scene, or
1) Open the movie in Video, and choose File-Export.
2) Select "Movie to MPEG4" in the pop-down menu at the bottom of the dialog.
3) Click Options button and choose the desired compression.
4) Click the Size button and enter the desired dimensions.
5) Save your movie.

How do I import a PowerPoint presentation?

Open your PowerPoint presentation and select Save As from the File menu. From the Save As dialog dropdown menu, choose PICT, BMP or JPEG (formats supported by QuickTime). Click the Options... button and check the "Save every slide (series of graphic files)" option. Click OK and then click Save. Every slide will be saved with a numeric extension into your designated folder. This folder of slides can then be easily imported into MovieWorks. Use the Picture preferences in MovieWorks to set a particular size of the imported slides or pictures. In the latest version of PowerPoint, you can also export your slideshow as a movie and import it into MovieWorks or MediaWorks.

How do I reduce the file size of my captured video?

1) Choose Export from Video's File menu.
2) Choose the desired format in the pop-down menu in the dialog.
3) Click the Options button to bring up a 2nd dialog to set the other options.
Choose desired compressor, Frame Rate, Quality and Key Frame.
4) Click Size button and set to desired size.
5) Check the Sound checkbox in 1st dialog and click the Options button. Recommend AAC as the compressor.

How can I make a DVD that will play in a consumer DVD player?

While MovieWorks and MediaWorks are not a DVD authoring program, you may export any Scene as a DV file which may be burned to DVD by choosing File-Export-DV (DVD burning software required). The quality of the .dv file will not look good until burned to DVD and played from a DVD player.

How do I ensure proper font display when I send my project to others?

Before exporting a scene as a movie or making a .plr file, check Burnt in the Attributes for your text objects which will convert it to a graphic on for playback. You can also set this as a style preference by choosing Edit Formats in the Text menu. If you apply the burnt text option to pure-white text, the text object will disappear (becomes fully transparent). To remedy this, you need to set the text color to off-white before applying the burnt text option. You do not need to burn text on scenes that will be rendered as rendering burns all text automatically!

Do I always have to start at the beginning to preview my project?

No. You can preview your Project from any point in time by clicking and dragging the blue 'down-pointing' arrow at the top of the Sequencer window to the desired start time, or using the slider on the Play Controls. Hold the SHIFT key and press play on the playback controller. Press the ESCAPE key to return to the Project window.

My URL and/or Doc links are not working? (MediaWorks)

If your Scene is rendered, you must set URL and Doc links from button objects rather than text objects.

How do I edit an MP3 or MIDI file?

Open the Sequencer, select the MP3 or MIDI file and select Object-Open Editor. This will open the file in the Video editor where you may select a segment and delete it or copy and past it to a new document. Then, select Send to MovieWorks/MediaWorks from the file menu. Editing MP3 or MIDI files in the Sound editor is not currently supported unless they are converted to an editable format like .aif or .wav. This can be done using the File-Export option in Video. Choose Sound to AIFF in the menu in the Export dialog.

How do I make an invisible/transparent button? (MediaWorks)

Select Object-New-Button or click the Button Tool icon on the Main Tools palette. This launches MovieWorks' Paint. Click the pencil tool and choose off-white (lightest gray) as the pencil color. You can also choose a color that matches the background color or image of your Scene. Paint four dots that represent the four corners of your button. Select File-Send To-MovieWorks. With the button still highlighted, select Object-Attributes and choose "White Transparency" from the Graphics Mode dropdown menu. You now have an invisible/transparent button.