3 Replies Latest reply: Oct 25, 2012 6:02 PM by John Cogdell
natbgsy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi

I have just plugged my video camera into my macbook. I selected Import from camera and then directed the archive to a connected mypassport drive. The problem is they are now all located in a file called Private.???? How do I extract the files from there to a specific folder please. I plan to have a mypassport drive for all my preedited videos and then store the edited final cut version on my mac. I cant seem to drag the files from this folder to one of my choice.  HELP Please

 

 

Thanks


MacBook Pro, iOS 5.1.1
  • 1. Re: Importing Movies in iMovie why are they located in a file called Private
    John Cogdell Level 5 Level 5 (4,595 points)

    Check that the external My Passport drive is formatted as Mac OS Extended (Journaled). iMovie will not work properly unless drives in use are formatted in this way (although Jounaled may not be necessary, but advisable).

     

    To check the format, right-click (or Control-click) on the name of the drive and select Get Info from the pop-up menu. If the drive is formatted as MS-DOS FAT32 (or other non compatible format) you will need to reformat it using Disk Utility. Bear in mind, of course, that reformatting will erase the contents of the drive, so you will need to back-up first.

     

    If this is not the issue, I'm not sure what has happened. Note that on an external drive, Events must be located in a folder at the top level, named iMovie Events. Likewise, Projects are stored in a folder named iMovie Projects. On the internal drive these folders must be in your User>Movies folder for iMovie to see them.

     

    Archives should be recognized by iMovie regardless of the name of the Archive folder - iMovie will recognize archived files when you import using the menu item File>Import...from Archive. For archives (or when importing from a camera), you must use the File>Import method, as dragging movie files into iMovie will not work. You can drag photos and audio files into a Project, but not video clips (to the best of my knowledge).

     

    John

     

    EDIT: I understand, of course, that you are simply trying to move the archived files from the "Private" folder to another one of your choice, but thought it best to fully describe the required folder structure and drive formatting requirements for iMovie generally.

     

    Message was edited by: John Cogdell

  • 2. Re: Importing Movies in iMovie why are they located in a file called Private
    AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,340 points)

    I think that iMovie and Final Cut Pro have changed the way they do archives in a recent release. In the past, when you create a camera archive, it would make a simple copy of all the files on the camera to the folder of your choice.

     

    Now, it still works that way, with a wrinkle. It moves all the files from your camera to the place you specify, but now it places them in a package. The package looks like the archive is a single file, but in reality, it contains all the files and folders as before. To see what is in the package, right click on the package name and select Show Package Contents. You should now see all the folders and files.

     

    It is important to note that iMovie needs ALL of these folders and files to import from an archive.  These folders, even if empty, provide information to iMovie about the type of camera. Even if the actual clips are in a folder marked Private, you need to leave them there, because if you move them out, iMovie will no longer be able to read the archive.

     

    If you needed a clip out of context for another app, then I would suggest making a copy of the clip.

     

    When you import into an iMovie Event, you can place the clips into logical events. I keep my archives as an exact image of what was on the camera.

  • 3. Re: Importing Movies in iMovie why are they located in a file called Private
    John Cogdell Level 5 Level 5 (4,595 points)

    AppleMan1958 wrote:

     

    Now, it still works that way, with a wrinkle. It moves all the files from your camera to the place you specify, but now it places them in a package. The package looks like the archive is a single file, but in reality, it contains all the files and folders as before. To see what is in the package, right click on the package name and select Show Package Contents. You should now see all the folders and files.

    Good point AppleMan. I had forgotten about that wrinkle, even though I've previously mentioned it in other posts. Probably because I generally don't import from Archives, but straight from the camera.

     

    I use a ShedWorx app called RevolverHD rather than iMovie's built-in Archive feature as it provides for selective archiving of clips. With iMovie the only option is to archive the full contents of the camera (Archive All). As my camera is a 60GB hard drive model (allowing about 8 hours at the highest setting), I tend to keep clips on the drive until I need space for new recordings. Using iMovie for the archive results in duplication, as all the older clips are archived again. It then gets a bit messy keeping track of things if, in the meantime, I've deleted any clips from the camera.

     

    The only downside to using RevolverHD is that, whilst the archive shows the correct recording date and time, when imported to iMovie the clips show the date and time imported, not the recorded date and time. For this reason, I prefer to import directly from the camera. I understand (from my reading of your posts), that you import from the iMovie archive. Once you are happy with the import you then erase your camera card. So, when next using iMovie's Archive All feature, the new archive will comprise just your new clips. That's probably the ideal process, as it keeps things tidy, imports the correct date and time, and guarantees that the archive is reliable.

     

    Sorry to move a bit beyond the OP's question, but thought this might be of interest to others here.

     

    John