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Where is my video?

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bnkdixon Calculating status...
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Feb 19, 2013 1:52 PM

I just finished an Imovie video and finalized it.  When it was done I went to look at the new movie.  When I opened the video it took me to Imovie (not Quicktime).  This would be no big deal if my project wasn't deleted.  All I have is the raw video.  My computer says 0 projects.  Does anyone know where it went?

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,825 points)
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    Feb 19, 2013 2:00 PM (in response to bnkdixon)

    Hi, it's not clear, did you finalize it in iMovie?

     

    Find Any File...

     

    http://apps.tempel.org/FindAnyFile/

     

    Hold Option or alt key when selecting Find to Find All.

     

    Search for Name contains something that should be in it, or use File Size greather than... whatever.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,825 points)
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    Feb 19, 2013 4:31 PM (in response to bnkdixon)

    Look in thrash for a Recovered Files Folder.

     

    Open Console & see if there's an iMovie log.

     

    Bootup holding CMD+r, or the Option/alt key to boot from the Restore partition & use Disk Utility from there to Repair the Disk, then Repair Permissions.

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,135 points)
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    Feb 19, 2013 4:49 PM (in response to bnkdixon)

    Did you use the Share or Export functions? In order to play it in something other than iMovie, you need to export it as a .mov file.

     

    Screen Shot 2013-02-19 at 4.48.37 PM.png

     

    I use export using Quicktime with expert settings (under Options).

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,135 points)
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    Feb 20, 2013 2:39 PM (in response to bnkdixon)

    Sorry to hear that - I've never used the finalize option - here is what the help section had to say about it:

     

    Screen Shot 2013-02-20 at 2.35.38 PM.png

     

    So, it appears the resulting files are internal so to speak. If you want to use yours, I'd use the Share or Export options. The Share option does not give you any choices regarding the quality (it is preset for whatever you choose), exporting it to Quicktime and using the expert options, you get all sorts of choices for size, resolution, quality, compression, etc. The encoding/rendering process is just about the same as finalize.  That is the only option I use. You also wind up with a .mov file on your desktop (if that is where you save it to) which you can either play in Quicktime or burn to a DVD with a burn software such as iDVD, Roxio Toast, etc.

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,135 points)
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    Feb 20, 2013 6:52 PM (in response to bnkdixon)

    Sorry, I do not since I've never even used that process - hopefully someone else will have and will chime in.

     

    Do remember though that if you do export it, it will no longer be editable - it'll be a self contained finished movie.

     

    FWIW, these are the settings I use (H.264 is the least quality loss compression I've found):

     

    Screen Shot 2013-02-20 at 6.51.08 PM.png

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,135 points)
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    Feb 21, 2013 7:45 PM (in response to bnkdixon)

    Export will result in a .mov file which can be used in any burn software. There is no need to finalize anything to burn it or to share it on the web - it is not required.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,825 points)
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    Feb 21, 2013 8:52 PM (in response to bnkdixon)

    Good work, thanks for the report.

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