Currently Being ModeratedMar 5, 2012 5:19 PM (in response to magdalen23)
i take it from the lack of replies that i'm totally smoking crack in thinking this should be do-able. in other threads i've found, it is not do-able. man, imovie is driving me freakin' nuts."save as.." or "export entire project with all clips" is hardly rocket sciencey stuff. basic, basic Mac interface reality here. the term "backup" in iMovie Help doesn't even bring up an entry, at all, for how to back up your movie.
i would buy FinalCut Pro but i don't have time to re-learn another piece of software before my project needs to be done. iMovie almost doesn't seem like an Apple product at all, but a zombie invasion of the pod people replica of one. why not convert to PC if Mac is going to keep having these bad releases, not just in iMovie? we come to Mac for the interface!!! it has to make sense or we'll all just go away!!
Currently Being ModeratedMar 5, 2012 7:44 PM (in response to magdalen23)
I haven't tried it with Dropbox, but in general, you want to use the File/Consolidate Media command. First move your project to an external drive from within iMovie. (First, click View/Events By Disk, then use command-drag in the Project Library view.)
Then select the Project in the Project Library and File/Consolidate Media. This will let you move all Events used in the Project to the external drive. It will also let you make copies of all your photos or music files used in the project on the external drive, so you have a self contained unit on the external drive.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 5, 2012 7:51 PM (in response to AppleMan1958)
thank you! i hope this works - and it's very strange that i haven't been able to find this info in Help files, asking around different forums, and searching. maybe no one knows what "consolidate media" means? if there's a way to search on backup, back up, save as, save project, etc etc, that might help people. also, the Export menu could have a "Save out copy of this Project..." dialog box that explains it's going to Consolidate Media or something.
anyway! THANK YOU, i'm thrilled to have a solution that sounds reasonable.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 5, 2012 7:59 PM (in response to AppleMan1958)
OK, so far i can't get it to work.
"First move your project to an external drive from within iMovie. (First, click View/Events By Disk, then use command-drag in the Project Library view.)" when i select anything from the library and try to drag it, with or without command key, nothing happens. it's like trying to drop a jpg icon onto Quickbooks -- nothin' happens at all.
consolidate media is greyed out, i looked from within the Project Library list and from within editing the project.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 8, 2012 12:23 PM (in response to magdalen23)
oh jebesus, now i'm leaving town and needing to work on these files from my laptop. AARRRRGGGGH. repeat, help, help, these instructions you posted don't work.
i'm running snow leopard on a core duo, incidentally.
2.66 gig intel core duo 2
8 gigs ram
Currently Being ModeratedMar 8, 2012 1:39 PM (in response to magdalen23)
Dropbox will not work. Use an external drive. The drive must be formatted as Mac OS Extended/Journaled.
Follow the instructions in my post.
Dropbox is not formatted this way, even though it lives on a drive that is.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 27, 2012 10:58 AM (in response to AppleMan1958)
the instructions in your post said nothing about Mac OS Extended/Journaled formatting (which also doesn't appear to be possible on my Seagate GoFlex drive).
there are so many odd things going on here that seem antithetical to the original Mac ethic. in some other forums, people are saying that maybe Apple decided to skimp on iMovie '11 because they knew they'd soon be pushing FinalCut Pro (rather than competing with it). i no longer think those people are inordinately paranoid...
Currently Being ModeratedMar 27, 2012 11:54 AM (in response to magdalen23)
You can format your Seagate this way if you want, but be aware that it will erase anything currently on the Seagate.
Open your Disk Utility app and select the Seagate.
Set a single partition with GUID Partition Map. Choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled) for the formatting. I have a GoFlex formatted this way.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 27, 2012 3:25 PM (in response to AppleMan1958)
my Disk Utility app shows the following options when i select the goflex drive:
menu bar: everything greyed out except Info, Burn, Eject, and New Image
main menus: nothing under any categories (file, edit, view, etc.) says "partition." the only thing i see that i am unfamiliar with relates to "disk image." i don't know what that means.
it defaults to the First Aid area, where the options are Repair and Verify Disk (not permissions, which are greyed out)
right now, i'm erasing free space. estimated time is four hours, which sounds ridiculous to me.
i am very unhappy with how all of this has unfolded. how hard would it be to warn people that iMovie is going to be very particular about where and how it will save data, something very basic we all expect from a Mac application?
Currently Being ModeratedMar 27, 2012 7:34 PM (in response to magdalen23)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 28, 2012 9:56 PM (in response to AppleMan1958)
thank you for your suggestions.
unfortunately, i had already tried selecting the drive itself (not the name of the drive) and there isn't a "partition" tab on my menu. it's just not there for some reason.
i used erase to reformat, and it seems to have done the job without a separate partition. however, i've only tested it with a couple of regular files, not an iMovie project. not sure i understand why it has to be a whole separate partition if the drive is going to be dedicated anyway, to iMovie stuff...
Currently Being ModeratedApr 27, 2012 11:18 AM (in response to AppleMan1958)
I have been doing dsome reading on this and there appears to be problems with the Seagate drive and iMovie 11 when you format the drive to be used by both Mac and Windows. In your answer you indicate the drive would need to be partitioned and have a partition formatted using OS X Extended (Journaled). Will I be able to leave the original NTSF partition as is in order to still access that using a PC? Also will this formatting allow me to see the Goflex in iMovie as an avalable drive? SO mouch easier on my LaCie but I am trying to assist a teacher that purchased the GoFlex @ Costco. Thanks for any insight.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 27, 2012 12:08 PM (in response to Matt Wetherell)
Ok, well I went with a Master Boot Record partition guide as I needed to be able to access one partition from windows machines. So two partitions, one is MS-DOS FAT 32 and one is Mac OS Extended (Journaled). I have now been able to access the OS Extended partition from iMovie, allowing me to copy entire projects and events. All seems to be working ok. I'll write back if I encounter any problems.