So you bought the best HD camcorder around, shot some great movies and got them imported into iMovie. The editing went just fine and now it's time to share your masterpiece with the world.

So all you want to do is get that HD movie out of iMovie and playing on your TV. That should be easy right?

Well, no.

The Apple way...

  1. Share out of iMovie to AppleTV (iMovie->Share->Export Movie)
  2. Add to iTunes
  3. Go to your AppleTV and watch your movie

What's the catch? Firstly, you need an AppleTV.

If you're happy to shell out the $100 or so for an AppleTV, there's bad news. Apple isn't interested in helping you watch your movies in Full HD. Apple created the AppleTV so you could rent movies off iTunes.

Your AppleTV runs at a maximum resolution of 1280x720 (often called 720p) but your movie was shot and edited at 1920x1080 resolution (or 1080p). The Share option out of iMovie is even lower at 960x540.

But wait there's more. The AppleTV requires your movies to be at a maximum bit rate of 5Mbps, but you camera shot the movie at 20Mpbs.

What does all this mumbo jumbo mean? When you watch you edited movie on an AppleTV it is running at one tenth to one quarter of it's real resolution.

Don't believe us? Plug your camera directly into your TV using a HDMI cable and take a look. Compare this to your AppleTV movie. The AppleTV is closer to standard definition TV than HD TV.

There has to be a better way! And of course there is.

The ShedWorx way...

RevolverHD can take an exported Full HD (1080p) movie from iMovie and create a top quality Full HD movie that will play on most TVs and Blu-ray players.

It's as simple as this...and you don't even need an AppleTV.

Export from iMovie using QuickTime conversion (Share->Export Using QuickTime...)

Set up your Export type to "Movie to QuickTime Movie" then click the Options... button.

You need to set up an Export as follows:

  • H.264 Video, Size 1920x1080 HD
  • Audio to LPCM, 16bit, 48kHz

Here is the RevolverHD User Guide if you want to see the QuickTime screens for these settings.

Do the Export and drop the new movie into RevolverHD.

Now you can:

  1. Burn a high definition DVD to play on a Blu-ray player or PlayStation3
  2. Export for Panasonic TV
  3. Export for Sony Bravia TV
  4. Export for PlayStation3

All of the TV Export options require you to copy the export onto a USB drive for playback on the TV or PS3. RevolverHD helps you with this.

The Results

We can't show you how this all looks on a big screen HDTV, so we've uploaded both the AppleTV and Full HD samples to YouTube. Even with YouTube's low bit rates, the quality difference between the AppleTV 540p and Full HD 1080p movies is clear (Go full screen to get a feel for what they will look like on a big TV).

Make sure you go to 1080p resolution once playback starts - otherwise you will only get 720p

Getting Technical

If you want to know how this works, here you go...

Firstly, we create an AVCHD movie from the QuickTime export. This is a very fast conversion because we do not re-encode the video stream, just rewrap it from a QuickTime container to an AVCHD (MTS) container.

Our rewrap process relies on Revolver being given a movie with the right video and audio codecs for AVCHD. Revolver checks the video and audio codecs when you add the movie to Revolver.

Next, we take the new movie and put it into the required file structure for playback on a TV. We set up variants of this file structure as required by the different brands of TV.

RevolverHD also supports the creation of an AVCHD DVD which is special format DVD that can play HD movies on a Blu-ray player.

Thats it! Download Revolver now and see for yourself. We're sure you'll be impressed!