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When I first started using a Mac almost 6 years ago iMovie had a mode (automovie?) where I could just throw a folder at it and it would create a movie from all the photos and videos. This was a great way for someone with no time to create a family video.

Now I'm trying to do basically the same thing with iMovie '09 and iPhoto and can't figure out the best way.

I want an all-Apple or free solution to just taking all the videos from my iPhoto library and putting them into a movie in chronological order. I really won't want to spend hours dragging and dropping clips into a movie (either on my Mac or on the iPad in iMovie or Avid Studio).

What is the best way to do this?

EDIT: I realized I have iMovie '09 not '11 as first reported so that might change the technique. In the bottom left of iMovie I do see an entry labeled iPhoto Videos but it is always empty.

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  1. Open the iPhoto Library.

  2. Click CreateMovie and select No Theme.

  3. Select the photos/videos.

  4. Press E.

    All the photos and videos will be added sequentially to the timeline.

  5. Export your timeline normally.

  • All this is from within iMovie? – davidethell Jan 13 '14 at 18:12
  • @davidethell Indeed it is – grg Jan 13 '14 at 18:13
  • Ok, finally getting around to trying this. It isn't working. I have iPhoto 9.5.1 and iMovie '09 (8.0.6). I don't see the iPhoto Library option you mention so I assume that's something specific to iMovie '11. Any idea how to make it work in '09? – davidethell Mar 15 '14 at 11:23
  • I have iMovie 10 (not '10), and hitting "E" just makes it beep. – Calion Sep 23 '16 at 23:44

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