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Imovie export file missing and now hard drive is full.

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boobosh Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Mar 23, 2013 5:12 PM

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)
  • dmorton750 Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)

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

  • 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, or 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".



    MacBook Pro (15-inch Late 2008), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3), Sony HDR-SR7 & DCR-TRV20E
  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 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.

  • Bradley Place Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

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

  • Vig-vig Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

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


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