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clip names showing in iMovie

1116 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Dec 30, 2012 12:14 PM by BobASPilot RSS
Mark Hollingsworth Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Nov 28, 2011 10:03 AM

I've finally given up and trying to use iMovie '11 (still much prever the way iMovie 6 works, but I want to use some of the new options).


In the event window (I think that is the name) the one that shows the clips, none are named and I can't find a way to sort them.

They are in random order it seems and without 'revealing in finder' trying to figure out which is which is a pain.


The help was no help at all- searches talk about naming the clips, but I think that is the older versions.


How do I sort them, show the names? I have quite a few clips and this is a royal pain to deal with.



Mac Pro- 2x2.26 Quad-Core, Mac OS X (10.6.7), 14 gig RAM- 30" Cinema Display
  • Yvon Couture Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
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    Oct 8, 2012 6:16 AM (in response to Mark Hollingsworth)

    There is a way around this. I had the same need and the only thing I could think of was to name each seperate event by the clip's name. Here's how I did it:


    1. In the Finder, select a movie
    2. Copy its name
    3. Create a new folder
    4. Paste the name you've just copied in the folder name field
    5. Move the movie in that folder
    6. Repeat this process for every movie you want to see the name of in iMovie
    7. Once done, move all the folders into your iMovie Events folder
    8. Launch iMovie, if it was open close it and relaunch it
    9. Upon opening, iMovie will create the thumnail and cache folder. This may take some time. Then all your clips should appear as seperate events.


    Depending on the ammount of clips you have, doing things this way may be a long and tedious process, but it works. I tried to create an AppleScript script that would automate this, but I did not succeed. Remember, this is only a way around this iMovie limitation.

  • BobASPilot Calculating status...
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    Dec 29, 2012 4:02 PM (in response to Mark Hollingsworth)

    Hey Mark:


    I am just as frustrated! I was able to import a series of clips from a tennis match and by accident...they were all in the correct order...but I have been trying to do the same ever since and I can 't figure out how to do it! Even if I can manually re arrange the order of the clips...that would help somewhat..but I feel I have been going around in circles, and I am very close to ditch using IMovie.  

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
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    Dec 29, 2012 8:46 PM (in response to Mark Hollingsworth)

    In iMovie 11, you should not rename your clips. If you keep your clips as named by the camcorder, iMovie will sort them correctly in chronological order.


    If you have a need to rename clips and see clip names, I suggest you consider Final Cut Pro X, where this is supported and there are many sorting options as well as keywords.

  • BobASPilot Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 30, 2012 12:14 PM (in response to AppleMan1958)

    I wish that was true AppleMan...but I did not rename my clips and they were in a random order....much to my surprise and frustration. 


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