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How to take clips from Event Library and put in separate event folder?

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Lorna from Hawaii Level 2 Level 2 (280 points)
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Feb 13, 2011 11:59 AM
(I looked in iMovie Help menu but found no help.)

I recently did a file transfer from my Sanyo HD2000A which was a large accumulation of clips taken since last spring 2010. This was my first upload.

Now I have a lot of clips organized by date by iMovie '11. There are various categories of these clips, and one of them is +"Ducks in my back yard swimming pool."+ Another is a huge number of clips taken over time of three baby sparrows in the nest outside my window. It is a progression of how they are fed by their parents and how they grow and leave.

My plan is to get them into their own folders, filed by time/recency, and then pick and choose from those two folders/categories during the making of a movie which includes them along with other little adventures.

Question: How can I separate all of the duck clips and the sparrow clips so that they are each in their own folder and not spread out in folders organized by days?

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  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (104,615 points)
    Keywords. Keyword for duck. Keyword for sparrow. Sort by keyword.
    15" 2.4G MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (104,615 points)
    You select multiple clips and apply a keyword to them.

    Make sure advanced tools are on in preferences. Click the keyword button in the toolbar. Add the words ducks and sparrows. Select the clip or clips and check on the keyword you want.

    At the bottom is a search button that lets you filter by keywords.

    For more details check the Help menu.
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  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
    Here is a [video tutorial|] that shows the basics of keywords. Keep in mind that the Tutorial is based on an old version of iMovie, so you should definitely check out iMovie Help as Tom suggests so you can see the latest features. The keyword function is more powerful now.
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  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (104,615 points)
    You can only make folders in the project library to organize your projects. You can make new events in the events library and move clips from existing events into the event you created. This event will be in the library based on the date of the most recent footage. This actually moves the media in the hard drive directory at the finder from one place to another so you might want to be careful with this if other applications are accessing this media based on its location.
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  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (104,615 points)
    You can't make folders in the Events Library. You can only make Events, which can be used to act as folders. Those events will be replicated on your hard drive inside iMovie Events.

    Other applications like GarageBand for instance.
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  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (104,615 points)
    In the File menu is a selection for New Folder. If you click in Project Library that selection is available. If you click in the Events Library it is not available. There is no function for making a folder in the events library.

    An event is created when you ingest video. You can create a new event or add to an existing event. Or you can make a new event and move clips into and treat it like a folder.
    15" 2.4G MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
    Lorna, I think I understand better now what you are talking about.

    So on any one clip, it will be ducks, or sparrows, but not both.

    You can create a folder in the Event Library called Ducks and another folder called Sparrows. These must be in the Movies/iMovie Events folder on your internal drive, or they must be in the iMovie Events folder at the top level of an external drive.

    Go through your current Event folders. Drag the duck clips to the duck folder. Drag the Sparrow clips to the Sparrow folder. I would do a MOVE, but if you have enough disk space, you could do this as a COPY until you are sure that all works as you intend.

    The next time you open iMovie, it will generate thumbnails and cache for these new Duck and Sparrow events. The events will be placed in the Event Library in the month of the most recent clip, even though the clips may span several months.

    If all goes well, you can delete the prior events. If there is footage still in them (that is not sparrows or ducks, for example), you could delete the thumbnails and cache folders and let iMovie regenerate thumbnails and cache after it opens.

    Also, Tom's advice about not moving or renaming anything you have already used is very appropriate...
    If you have already created Projects using this material, this will break the links in your projects. (Unless you did a COPY rather than a MOVE above and left both the old and new folders intact.)
    iMac 24 2.8Ghz, iPhone, TV, Mac OS X (10.6.6), Panasonic HDC-SD5 iMovie 11
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