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Save backup of project AND its media files in iMovie 11

1409 Views 13 Replies Latest reply: Apr 27, 2012 12:08 PM by Matt Wetherell RSS
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Feb 23, 2012 5:17 PM

hi. i'm running imovie '11 on snow leopard on two different machines (macbook pro, imac core duo).


i would like to save out an entire project and its associated clips / media files to Dropbox, so i can work on it from both computers.


i would like to be able to make backups in a similar way.


i do not want to go into the finder and try to find the bits and copy them in hopefully the right folder hierarchy and then hope that they work. that's the advice i've found on MacWorld and the Apple Support website, so far. i hope i'm searching wrong, because that sounds like an absurd way to accomplish such a basic task.


i'm not talking about duplicating a project within iMovie, so i have multiple copies of the project itself to play with. i'm talking about: take the project, take the associated movie clips, save the whole thing to a new, separate folder that is perfectly functional.


can this happen?

iMovie '11, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)

    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.

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)

    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.

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)

    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.

    Choose Partition.

    Set a single partition with GUID Partition Map. Choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled) for the formatting. I have a GoFlex formatted this way.

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)

    You need to select the drive, not any partition (or volume name) that is currently on the drive. You should see something like this. And click partition.


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  • Matt Wetherell Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    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.

  • Matt Wetherell Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    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.


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