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Deleting events that have been used in a project

274 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Jan 19, 2013 8:42 AM by sheryltoo RSS
sheryltoo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jan 18, 2013 2:34 PM

I have several events and used portions from all these events in a project but now I'd like to get rid of the events and just save what I used in my project. When I clicked an event and said to move it to the trash, I got a message saying I'd no longer be able to view the video from that event in my project. Why not? Can't the project save just the video I use in it's own file?

I really don't want to keep 20 events that have all been combined into one project.

I did tell the computer to delete the unused portions of my videos but I really don't want to have to sort through events I'm done with if I want to make another project.

  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (18,920 points)
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    Jan 18, 2013 11:44 PM (in response to sheryltoo)



    This is due to that You use a NON-Destructive Video editing program.


    So Your iMovie Project's - do not contain any movie at all neither any copy of material used. Only a small text document pointing to where video, audio and photos are stored - AND HOW they are to be played to play like the Movie You are making.


    So when You delete/trash/move any video in Event's or Photos in iPhoto or Eject the Audio-CD from which You might use a melody. THEN iMovie Project's get's lost as it now point's to Nowhere.


    First when You Share or Finalize a project - a Movie is created. BUT this movie can not be altered/edited more (later) if the original material doesn't stay put.


    So if You are 100% sure a movie is done - then Share it or Finalize it - and now You can trash the  material in Event's


    If not - Use an external hard disk (MUST BE - Mac OS Extended (hfs) formatted - and works best if FireWire or Thunderbolt as USB/USB2 performs badly with VIDEO) and Copy Project's and Event's to this one to free up space on (Main) Start-Up Hard Disk.


    TO DO THIS MOVE - read on


    Moving Event's and Project's

    Connection - Either connect one Mac in Target mode to the other via FireWire. Or use an external hard disk !

    (Target-Mode - Start one Mac e.g. laptop - BUT keep T-key down during full up-start - Now a FW-symbol is jumping around the screen and it will work as an external hard disk when connected to the other Mac)

    A. The External Hard Disk - MUST BE - Mac OS Extended (hfs) formatted to work for Video. UNIX/DOS/FAT32/Mac OS Exchange works for most other things but not for Video whatever program is used (iMovie or FinalCut)

    B. Should be a FireWire one as USB/USB2 performs badly to me and especially when filling up

    C. Do never Move or Alter any folder named

    • iMovie Event's - or -

    • iMovie Project's

    on DeskTop/Finder - as this will result in iMovie losing connections to them and repair can be anything from hard to impossibly

    D. Moving and Copying must be done within iMovie application and Events to Events - and - Project's to Project's.

    E. Moving Project's to Event's - Do not work for me - I have to export project as a QuickTime movie then Import this into Events.

    Event's window can show two faces

    Like this

    Skärmavbild 2012-06-22 kl. 23.22.32.png

    or like this

    Skärmavbild 2012-06-22 kl. 23.30.11.png

    from one hard disk Event - You can move it to the other hard disk

    You can not (at least not me) move Event to Project or other way around only

    Event to Event and Project to Project

    Yours Bengt W


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