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Importing Video from iPhoto

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How do I transfer a video that's in iPhoto to iMovie?  I'm very new at this.  Thanks!

iMovie (iOS), Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • John Cogdell Level 5 Level 5 (4,595 points)
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    Jan 28, 2013 2:06 AM (in response to rhpruett)

    I'm not sure whether your question relates to iMovie '11 or iMovie for iOS (your profile shows iMovie iOS).


    In iMovie '11, all iPhoto movies appear in the iMovie Events Library under the header "iPhoto Videos". The movies are not actually imported to iMovie but are simply referenced to the actual movie file in the iPhoto Library. So, you don't need to import them separately to iMovie.


    Each time iMovie is opened it looks for any new movies in your iPhoto Library and then creates the thumbnails. It will ask if you want to create thumbnails now or later.


    Create a new project in the normal way (File > New Project), then drag clips from the iPhoto Videos Event to that project, just as you would do for other Events and Projects. The iPhoto Videos Event usually appears near the top of the Events Library. Click on it to reveal all the thumbnails (in chronological order) in the Events viewer to the right of the Events list.


    If you really want to import the movie, drag it from iPhoto to the Desktop (that puts a copy on the Desktop). Now in iMovie select File > Import⇒Movies and import the movie file to a new Event or an existing Event. Once the movie has been imported, you can trash the file on the Desktop as it will now be in 2 places - the iPhoto Library and the iMovie Events folder.




    Message was edited by: John Cogdell

    MacBook Pro (15-inch Late 2008), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), Sony HDR-SR7 & DCR-TRV20E


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