2 Replies Latest reply: Feb 13, 2013 6:19 PM by zyfert
Roger0582 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Under iMovie>Share>Media browser, that window says "This allows you to view your project in iMovie even when the original content is unavailable." Does this mean I can delete the project or original clips and still see the movie I put together?


If not, what does it mean?


I'd like to keep a copy of the iMovie I've created somewhere on my computer (or an external disk drive) so I can see it at better resolution than DVD can provide. At the same time I want to delete all the source clips, photos, music that went into it to free up space, clear directories, etc. How should I store the movie?

iMac (20-inch Mid 2007)
  • 1. Re: Media browser - How should I store a movie to be replayed on my computer?
    AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,340 points)

    It would be safest to store it in iTunes.

    You can store it in Media Brower also, but if you edit your movie at all, the Media Browser copy gets deleted, because it assumes you will want to re-share your movie. The copy you Shared to iTunes will not be automatically deleted.


    When you share to iTunes, a copy is automatically shared with Media Browser.


    If you prefer, you can use SHARE/EXPORT MOVIE and name a folder to store your movie.

    It is then possible to go to iTunes Preferences and uncheck the box that automatically adds new files to iTunes. You can then drag the movie into iTunes, but it will only have a link to your folder. This is how I do it so I don't end up with multiple copies, and I can see my movies in a single folder.

  • 2. Re: Media browser - How should I store a movie to be replayed on my computer?
    zyfert Level 3 Level 3 (610 points)

    Yes, once you export your project from iMovie it is rendered and becomes a self contained movie.

    You can delete the project and events from iMovie if you wish.

    First check whether the movie is available and playable and what size it is.

    Look in Username/movies/iMovie Projects then right click on the name of your project and select 'Show Package Contents'.

    Then click on the Movies folder to see the exported movie.

    In future it is far easier to do this:

    iMovie > Share > Export Movie...

    You will see a menu that allows you to change the name and asks where you want to save your movie and in which size.

    Far easier than Media Browser.