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Where has the date gone from iMovie 11 events?

757 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Sep 11, 2012 12:24 PM by Sparky Marky RSS
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Jul 26, 2012 5:07 AM

In iMovie 08 the date of the event is shown in the Event Library pane, in small text underneath the name of the event. But in iMovie 11 the date isn't shown. Is there a way to show it like in iMovie 08?


This is a real pain. I've just imported a years worth of video from my camera, and split days into events. The problem is all the events have the same name (todays date). Is there a way to import video and for the events to be automatically titled with the date the video was taken?



MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
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    Jul 26, 2012 3:11 PM (in response to Sparky Marky)

    Normally, when clips are imported from a camera, they will have a name like clip-yyyy-mm-dd hh;mm;ss.ext where hh is hours in 24 hour time, and ext is the extension that the camera gave it.

    If your clips are named like this, iMovie will recognize the dates and sort that way.


    If your clips have had their names changed, you can manually fix it in two ways...

    either change the names to the format above, or, you could right-click on each clip and "Adjust Date and Time Information".

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
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    Jul 27, 2012 4:20 AM (in response to Sparky Marky)

    Go to (in the top menu) iMovie/Preferences. Click on the Browser Button in the Preferences. Put a check mark in the top item. This will show the date range beneath your event name.


    You can double click on the Event name in the Event Library and change the name.


    There is no automatic naming that I know of.


    Use the SHOW menu in the top bar for various options on displaying your events. You can show by year or by month within year for example. If your event has multiple days you can show days within the Event.

  • Tinhelp Calculating status...
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    Sep 11, 2012 12:25 AM (in response to Sparky Marky)

    Hi, I have the same issue and find it really strange. Have you find a solution to automatically name the event with the date of the movie clips? Thanks


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