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How to point iMovie to video files?

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pomme4moi Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
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Jan 29, 2011 2:16 PM
Hi. I have my iPhoto 11 library located in the following folder structure on an external drive: iPhoto/iPhoto Library. All of my photos and video clips are in this library. iPhoto is able to locate this library without problem.

iMovie 11, however, is unable to find the library. The video clips do not appear as Events in iMovie. How do I tell iMovie where to find my video clips? I know how to use the File > Import command in iMovie to copy the video clips from the external drive to my internal drive, but I do not want to do this. I just want to point iMovie 11 to the folder location of my video files. Anyone know how to do this?

Thank you
MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • RandomPhil86 Calculating status...
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    Jan 29, 2011 3:54 PM (in response to pomme4moi)
    pomme4moi wrote:
    Hi. I have my iPhoto 11 library located in the following folder structure on an external drive: iPhoto/iPhoto Library. All of my photos and video clips are in this library. iPhoto is able to locate this library without problem.

    iMovie 11, however, is unable to find the library. The video clips do not appear as Events in iMovie. How do I tell iMovie where to find my video clips? I know how to use the File > Import command in iMovie to copy the video clips from the external drive to my internal drive, but I do not want to do this. I just want to point iMovie 11 to the folder location of my video files. Anyone know how to do this?

    Thank you



    When I go to File> Import> Movies, it lets me select Folders from my Macintosh HD in whoever's user folder it is. Which in turn lets me select videos from where I stored them..
    MacBook Air 13inch, 4GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Mac OS X (10.6.6), & iPhone 4
  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,450 points)
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    Jan 30, 2011 1:25 AM (in response to pomme4moi)
    pomme4moi wrote:
    ... iMovie 11, however, is unable to find the library. The video clips do not appear as Events in iMovie.


    No, they are no Events.
    You'll find them under the 'Photo' tab

    To add them to your iM Library, you have to import them into an iMovie-Event.
    MacMini2.26/2GB, Mac OS X (10.6.6), iM11/FCE4/Lumix FZ38
  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,450 points)
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    Jan 30, 2011 3:27 AM (in response to pomme4moi)
    pomme4moi wrote:
    ... I need to move my iPhoto 11 library back onto my internal hard drive. Then all works fine ...


    does iPhoto actually 'notice' its external Library?

    and: is that external drive 'Mc'-formatted, or as most HDD out-of-the-box, fat32, or a 'network' drive, or ntfs formatted? if so, iM can not read from such drives ....
    MacMini2.26/2GB, Mac OS X (10.6.6), iM11/FCE4/Lumix FZ38
  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,450 points)
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    Jan 30, 2011 10:50 PM (in response to pomme4moi)
    pomme4moi wrote:
    ... formatted as Mac OS Extended Journaled ... and it works fine. .. A puzzle ...


    indeed. my assumption was, iM can not notice the drive due to wrong format - nope. and iM + iP are part of a suite of apps, so if one can fetch the Lib, my idea was, the other does too. -

    I'm not familiar with storing videos in a photo.app , so I'm puzzled too ... sorry, of being no help.
    MacMini2.26/2GB, Mac OS X (10.6.6), iM11/FCE4/Lumix FZ38
  • burdell1 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Mar 7, 2011 5:16 AM (in response to pomme4moi)
    Did you ever find an answer to this?
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • thomasreggi Calculating status...
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    Apr 11, 2011 1:42 AM (in response to burdell1)
    Try creating a new event then with it created make aliases to the videos you want to include and put the aliases inside the event. This allows you to have the videos anywhere on your computer and still use them in iMovie.
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • The1 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Apr 11, 2011 5:41 AM (in response to pomme4moi)
    Had same problem but figured it out. In the events Lib window. Drag an event from one drive to the other. It will copy the event but creat an event folder at the same time.
    Go to the finder find that folder on the drive and drag all the events on that drive into the folder. Restart imovie adn yes it all shows up . Good luck
  • crabbiappl Calculating status...
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    Feb 18, 2012 10:19 AM (in response to pomme4moi)

    REVIVING THIS DISCUSSION - I have the same problem as the original poster: iMovie doesnt see the iPhoto library housed on an external drive.

     

    I keep my main iPhoto library (100G) on an external hard drive and a small "misc" iphoto library on my Macbook.  (Both back up with Time Machine to a different external drive.)  I can choose which iPhoto library to open by pressing "Option" when I launch iPhoto, and both work just fine with iPhoto.  I can't access my external iPhoto library through iMovie; it only sees the small "misc" iPhoto library on my Macbook.  How do I get iMovie to see the iPhoto library that is on the external drive?  Importing back onto my Macbook drive is not an option for me.  Please, anyone, offer help if you can!!!!!

  • BigFoot_ Calculating status...
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    Dec 28, 2012 8:41 AM (in response to pomme4moi)

    Has anybody solved that issue? I'm trying to do exactly the same thing. Moved my iPhoto library external HDD formated to Mac filesystem. iMovie don't recognize any videos in iPhoto library.

  • MAC_Intelligence Calculating status...
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    Jul 17, 2013 8:25 AM (in response to pomme4moi)

    I really need an answer to this as well. Anyone out there? Maybe the answer is in a different thread that i am not aware of. I also moved my iPhoto library to an external drive and all my current iMovie projects are JUNK without the source files for all my videos, which are on my external HD (formatted for Mac OS Extended Journaled).

  • MAC_Intelligence Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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    Jul 17, 2013 8:26 AM (in response to BigFoot_)

    Did you find an answer?

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