Burning your own DVDs is great for limited distribution, and digital videocassettes make good archives and are often fine for watching videos at home. But sometimes it's desirable to get your material out to a wider audienceon the Internet. A parent might want to make a special presentation for a child's birthday party that family around the country can experience; a business owner might be developing a variety of teaching or promotional content for a Web site. In Lesson 12 you created a podcast and used iWeb to post it to the Internet. Now you're going to see the corresponding simplicity of using iWeb for uploading the movies and slideshows you've made, and combining all your new media into a single integrated Web site.
Throughout the lessons in this book, you've been learning to improvise. Not everyone has a digital camera and a camcorder, and even if you did, you don't always use them both in every situation. In Lesson 5, you learned to make a movie with photographs from a camera. Now you're going to learn to make a slideshow with video from a camcorder.
The studio owner, Jennifer, doesn't use her still camera very often; she is more comfortable with her camcorder. She sees iMovie as a tool that helps her find just the right frames of video, grab them, and turn them into photographs that she can manage easily in iPhoto.
iPhoto makes it easy to organize the stills into albums; iWeb makes it a snap to grab albums and upload them to the Web for presentation. While the image quality of video frames is far inferior to that of dedicated still cameras, the Web demands images that are compressed and, therefore, degraded from the high resolution you get in prints. The lower resolution of even a great camcorder makes it a perfectly suitable still camera for shooting photographs for the Web. Jennifer keeps a gallery of shots from around her studio online and updates it often.
This lesson has two distinct parts, both of them simple and both of them important. The first happens in iMovie: the process of grabbing a bunch of still images. The second happens in iPhoto: building a slideshow and putting it on the Internet through iWeb.