9 Replies Latest reply: May 2, 2014 8:47 AM by Old Toad
downtownbarber Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

Specs: iPhoto 9.4.2 on MBP retina w/ML 10.8.2.

I exported all videos from iPhoto to my desktop but the videos were still in iPhoto library after export. I learned that exporting them would remove them, according to a onetoone session recently.

                 I then tried copying all the videos from iPhoto and pasting them into a folder on my desktop, but only 452 out of the 618 videos that were selected and copied were pasted. I want to remove all videos and video thumbnails if any, from my current iPhoto library. Please tell me what I'm doing wrong?


MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), Quad Core! Four is more...
  • 1. Re: How to remove all videos from iPhoto library?
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,770 points)

    I learned that exporting them would remove them, according to a onetoone session recently.

     

    Exporting doesn't remove them at all. Exporting removes nothing. It just creates a copy outside iPhoto.

     

    To delete anything from iPhoto, put it in the iPhoto trash, empty it and then empty the system trash.

     

    Regards

     

     

    TD

  • 2. Re: How to remove all videos from iPhoto library?
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,665 points)

    Create a smart album with the criteria "Keyword is movie":

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    Select about 100 videos at a time from that album and use the keyboard combination Command+Option+Delete to move them to the iPhoto Trash bin.  Empty the trash bin. You will also have to empty the Trash bin in the Dock afterward.

     

    OT

  • 3. Re: How to remove all videos from iPhoto library?
    downtownbarber Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    I'm sorry I didn't explain my desired outcome more clearly; I do not want to delete the videos, I want to "move" the videos out of iPhoto. I'm really good at deleting files. 

    I'll try exporting them again and see if "every" video makes it to the desired destination, unlike the copy & paste result. This will probably work, so I apologize for taking up your time with this question. I just thought I could move them without deleting from iPhoto.?

    Also, I know I'm not supposed to manipulate files in iPhoto from Finder, but that would definitely give me the desired result I'm looking for. Is there no way to do it from Finder without messing up the library?

           There are also some video thumbnails that made their way into iPhoto as photos that I'd like to remove. I'm hoping thumbnail annihilator will take care of this, but I'm wondering if this is a common occurance and is there an easy fix for it?

     

     

     

     

    Thank you for clearing up my understanding of exporting Devlin

  • 4. Re: How to remove all videos from iPhoto library?
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,770 points)

    I just thought I could move them without deleting from iPhoto.?

     

    You can't move thing from iPhoto. You export them, and then if you no longer want them in iPhoto you delete them.

     

    Also, I know I'm not supposed to manipulate files in iPhoto from Finder, but that would definitely give me the desired result I'm looking for. Is there no way to do it from Finder without messing up the library?

     

    There is aboslutely no way to this from the Finder without corrupting the Library.

     

    Regards

     

     

    TD

  • 5. Re: How to remove all videos from iPhoto library?
    downtownbarber Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    I found out why all of the files didn't copy out of iPhoto. Many of the videos are missing data as shown in the screenshot. There isn't an obvious difference of info between invalid files and good files. And to each bad video, there is duplicate that is fine. Is this a situation where I should find out what's going on or just delete the bad ones?

    I couldn't do a full photo below because the file size kept going over 2 MB.

     

     

     

     

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  • 6. Re: How to remove all videos from iPhoto library?
    Lust4Gadgets Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    thanks OldToad.. your response helped me.

  • 7. Re: How to remove all videos from iPhoto library?
    SuperChargedAuburn Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    To remove all videos from iPhoto, here's the procedure I followed:

     

    (Using OSX Mavericks 10.9.2 and iPhoto 9.5.1)

     

    1. As a precaution and backup, copy all videos you want to keep from iPhoto to a folder on the Mac or other drive.
    2. Within iPhoto, create a Smart Album with criteria of "photo - is - movie". This will isolate all movies into one view. Note that a Smart Album does not allow you to Trash items that meet it's criteria, so you have to be creative...
    3. Select all items (Command-A) in the Smart Album view.
    4. Create a new Event for the items (select Events -> New Event, then agree by clicking Create to move these to their own Event).
    5. Give the new Event a name by double-clicking on "untitled event" at the top of the window and typing a name. (This is important if you want to locate the Event later.)
    6. While viewing thumbnails in the new Event, select all items.
    7. Move all items to the iPhoto Trash by selecting Photos->Move to Trash. This works since you are not trashing them from a  Smart Album.
    8. Navigate to the iPhoto Trash and click Empty Trash.
    9. Navigate to the OSX Trash and empty it.
  • 8. Re: How to remove all videos from iPhoto library?
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,770 points)

    Or, as I said above, more briefly:

     

    To delete anything from iPhoto, put it in the iPhoto trash, empty it and then empty the system trash.

  • 9. Re: How to remove all videos from iPhoto library?
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,665 points)

    Part 2 below describes how to delete directly from a Smart Album:

     

    Deleting Photos from an iPhoto Library

     

    1 - from an Event or the Photos mode: select the photo(s) and use the Delete key to move the photos to the trash bin. Then empty the iPhoto Trash bin as follows:

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    2 - from an album, smart album, book, slideshow, card, etc.: select the photo(s) and use the key combination of Command+Option+Delete to move the photos to the trash bin.  Then empty the trash bin as above.

     

    NOTE: deleting a photo from an album, slideshow, book, etc., with only the Delete key only deletes that photo from that item. Deleting a photo from an Event deletes ALL occurences of that photo in the library.

     

    OT