9 Replies Latest reply: Apr 27, 2014 6:19 PM by dwmusic
boobosh Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hello, I have exported two movies from through share using export movie and export using quicktime but I can't find them anywhere. Also my computer hard drive is full and I can't find the temp file in imovie to delete.  Can anyone help me?


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • 1. Re: Imovie export file missing and now hard drive is full.
    dmorton750 Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)

    Hi! Try doing a quick spotlight search using the name of the video. Does it show up?

  • 2. Re: Imovie export file missing and now hard drive is full.
    boobosh Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you for replying. Unfortunately it doesn't show up.  I even tried exposing the hidden files and I can't find it under Imovie or on the external drive where I was originally sending it.  Some forums say it's hidden in a package file that Imovie creates usually called .imovieproject, but I can't find any file called that either.

  • 3. Re: Imovie export file missing and now hard drive is full.
    John Cogdell Level 5 Level 5 (4,595 points)

    If you use "Share > Export > Media Browser" the exported file will be located in the project's package contents folder. When exporting using "Share > Export > Movie" or "Share > Export using QuickTime" (as you appear to have done), you can choose your own location, such as Desktop. Have you checked in your Documents folder and Movies folder? - these are usually the default locations when exporting using the latter two methods.

     

    To access package contents, in Finder go to your Home folder "<your user name>/Movies/iMovie Projects" and locate your project. Right-click (or Control-click) on the project name. From the pop-up menu select "Show Package Contents". In that folder you will see a folder named Movies (provided you have shared to Media Browser). Exported movies will be in the Movies folder within Package Contents. Exported movies will be named Large.m4v, 720p.mov or 1080p.mov and similar (depending on which size you exported as). These can be copied and pasted and then renamed if desired.

     

    Note that projects stored on an external drive will be at the top level in the folder Movies/iMovie projects. Again, any movie shared to the Media Browser will be stored in the package contents folder for the relevant project, as described above.

     

    Having said all this, it's unlikely that you will find your exported movie in the project's package contents folder, given that you exported as "Share > Export > Movie" and "Share > Export using QuickTime". As I described above, when sharing using these methods, you have a choice of locations (unless you've left the setting as the default location, which is possibly your Home folder "Documents" or "Movies".

     

    John

  • 4. Re: Imovie export file missing and now hard drive is full.
    AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,340 points)

    Have you tried restarting your Mac? Over time, OSX will create Swap Files that contain the contents of memory that is swapped out when the memory is needed for another application. These files can get to be large. If you restart your Mac, they reset to zero.

  • 5. Re: Imovie export file missing and now hard drive is full.
    boobosh Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you for everyones replies however none have them have worked.  I do recall in the past when I tried to export a movie and it showed up as a file named multipass with funny characters following and it was in the trash can.  It didn't show up as a exported file in the destination folder on my external drive either.  I knew the file was related to my export because when you export you can choose single pass or multipass in the video settings.  However this last time I used the same settings with the same outcome, except it didn't end up in the trash so I couldn't delete it.  I have a mac book pro and I had over 30 gigs of space on the internal drive and I was exporting the project to a 1 tb drive which had 250 gbs available.  My actual project was only 47 mins long.  It used all the 30 gbs of space except for about 150 mbs and my computer almost didn't operate.  I had to delete files just so I could continue to use my computer.   

  • 6. Re: Imovie export file missing and now hard drive is full.
    boobosh Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you for everyones replies however none have them have worked.  I do recall in the past when I tried to export a movie and it showed up as a file named multipass with funny characters following and it was in the trash can.  It didn't show up as a exported file in the destination folder on my external drive either.  I knew the file was related to my export because when you export you can choose single pass or multipass in the video settings.  However this last time I used the same settings with the same outcome, except it didn't end up in the trash so I couldn't delete it.  I have a mac book pro and I had over 30 gigs of space on the internal drive and I was exporting the project to a 1 tb drive which had 250 gbs available.  My actual project was only 47 mins long.  It used all the 30 gbs of space except for about 150 mbs and my computer almost didn't operate.  I had to delete files just so I could continue to use my computer.

  • 7. Re: Imovie export file missing and now hard drive is full.
    Bradley Place Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have a similar problem--have you found an answer?

  • 8. Re: Imovie export file missing and now hard drive is full.
    Vig-vig Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Same exact problem, No solution !! Apple store can support on that ?

  • 9. Re: Imovie export file missing and now hard drive is full.
    dwmusic Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have this same problem and there are several threads running about it.  I have the paid-for version of iMovie, and cannot even get it to export a Quicktime movie.  This makes it even more useless than I already find it to be.  I spent the last two days working on a video, and for me to send it to my client, I would have to freight my computer to them so they could view it.

     

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