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Move iMovie Events folder to another location on same drive

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I have my "Home" folder on an external HD. I'm trying to move it back to the internal drive, but I need to keep the iMove Events on the external.

All I want to do is move the folder out into the root of the external HD, and point iMovie to the new location. Why isn't it that easy? iPhoto and iTunes have a similar setting.

Is this possible? What are my alternatives?
iMac 2.93, 4GB, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (18,920 points)

    There are no way to make iMovie see it - if You don't do it as Apple has made it work.

    YOU Can't move any folder named iMovie Events or iMovie Projects on DeskTop/Finder
    or alter Anything within them !

    Events and Projects HAS TO be moved within iMovie Application.

    First move folders back !

    Start iMovie and Hope that it finds them again

    Now do the move - but from Events resp Project window.

    The external hard disk
    • MUST BE - Mac OS Extended formatted - Nothing else works for VIDEO
    • Should be a FireWire one as USB/USB2 performs badly

    Yours Bengt W
    G3/G4 Blue white,PBG4,dG5, OS X.3.9 + QT6.5.2 and OS X.4.11 + QT 7.3.1
  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
    If you have not used these events in any projects, you can do it in the Finder by drag and drop.
    iMac 24 2.8Ghz, iPhone, TV, Mac OS X (10.6.6), Panasonic HDC-SD5 iMovie 11
  • Rich Rydalch Level 2 Level 2 (290 points)
    What I do is make a new folder called " iMovie Events on Hold" (I put a space in front to cause it to sort to the top of the list). Then I move the folders from inside the iMovie Events folder to the new folder.
    That way they don't show up in the iMovie program until I move them back.
    I do the same thing with the projects. BUT YOU MUST NEVER MOVE THEM FROM ONE DRIVE TO ANOTHER They will loose all their links and create all kinds of problems. Always move them from within iMovie as Bengt has suggested.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
    If you don't have any projects, move the Event folders to the iMovie Events folder at the top level of your external drive. You can move them in the Finder. If you don;t have an iMovie Events folder at the top level, create one.
    iMac 24 2.8Ghz, iPhone, TV, Mac OS X (10.6.6), Panasonic HDC-SD5 iMovie 11
  • Rich Rydalch Level 2 Level 2 (290 points)
    Sorry for the confusion Jader201.
    Not sure how you got the "Home" folder on an external drive.
    I've never worked under this scenario.
    Your heading says "Move iMovie Events folder to another location on same drive"
    I don't think you can do that and still have iMovie find it.
    So I was explaining how to move the events to another folder so iMovie would NOT find them.
    You can only have one iMovie Events folder on a drive. iMovie will always find the events in the iMovie Events folder.
    In my case I have iMovie Events folders on several external drives and iMovie finds them all along with the ones in the iMovie>iMovie Events folder on my internal drive.
    Then you mentioned moving the files to another drive.
    So I think you need to get help on how to move the "Home" folder to your internal drive.
    Then you can just copy the events to the iMovie>iMovie Events folder and they should show up in iMovie. OR once you have the "Home" folder on your internal drive you should be able to just move the iMovie Events folder on the external drive to the root (top level) and iMovie should find that one with all your events in it.
    MacBook Pro & iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.6)


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