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iPhoto 5 vs iPhoto 8

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Ralphjh Level 2 Level 2 (205 points)
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Dec 4, 2012 1:49 PM

I am currently using iPhoto 5 as a container for photos used within a Final Cut Express project. Because iPhoto 5 is a PPC file, it is necessary to boot into an OS 10.6 Snow Leopard volume to open the iPhoto 5 file. If I upgrade the file to iPhoto 8, it will convert the file and the result will have all of its content within a “package” instead of a Finder folder and Final Cut will not be able to access the photos.

 

How do I make the photos contained within the iPhoto 8 “package” to be visible to any other application which uses “pointers” to the photos contained within?

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8), iPhone 5
  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,865 points)
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    Dec 4, 2012 2:08 PM (in response to Ralphjh)
    If I upgrade the file to iPhoto 8, it will convert the file [SIC] -

     

    Yes it will convert the library to the new format - note {the iPHoto library is in a folder - not a file}

     

     

    the result will have all of its content within a “package” instead of a Finder folder

     

    yes

     

    Final Cut will not be able to access the photos.

     

    No - you have full access to the contents of the  iPhoto library from any program

    See this user tip for full access information - https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-4491

     

    LN

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,655 points)
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    Dec 4, 2012 4:06 PM (in response to Ralphjh)

    If you're working with FCE then you'll need to export the shots from iPhoto to the Finder.

     

    Might be time to upgrade that too...

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,655 points)
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    Dec 4, 2012 10:56 PM (in response to Ralphjh)

    FCE to FCPX, which works with a media browser, and so the problem doesn't arise...

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,865 points)
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    Dec 5, 2012 9:50 AM (in response to Ralphjh)

    If I had simply kept my photos in a Finder folder, the problem wouldn't have arisen either.

    Then you should choose to use a program that works that way - that is not the way iPhoto works - when you choose to use a program you accept the way it works - it is not the responsibility of the author to modify the program to meet your personal desires

     

    iPhoto is a SQLite database and as such must control its own data - if you want a file manager rather than a photo manager then there are many to choose form - iPhoto is not one of them

     

    LN

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,655 points)
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    Dec 5, 2012 11:16 AM (in response to Ralphjh)

    Well you got to know that debate was all back in 2008 or thereabouts and no, the sky didn’t fall in. I do believe (but it's a while since I used FCE) that you can move the images to a folder (File -> Export) and reconnect with them - and no, not just one by one. Have a look in your FCE manual -  search for something like reconnecting media.

     

    I'm not a pro, and as you're using Express I'm guessing you're not either   but I used FCE quite a bit on home movies and also for slideshows - multi video and audio tracks, lots of keyframing and so on -  and now I use FCPX for the same jobs - bit of a learning curve, sure, but faster and easier definitely. It's also a lot more powerful and less expensive. And yes, it integrates with iPhoto, Aperture and so on with no issues. There was a lot of controversy when it launched, sure, but it has well caught up now.

     

    Regards

     

     

    TD

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,655 points)
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    Dec 8, 2012 11:10 AM (in response to Ralphjh)

    FCP wants to control all the assests for a project.

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