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Moving imovie project. Confused. Appleman help?

1358 Views 12 Replies Latest reply: May 12, 2013 2:06 PM by Tigervision RSS
Tigervision Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Apr 27, 2013 8:28 PM

I have several projects. Like 50.  I think they are slowing down my imovie program.

I want to move them to an EHD.


Several source event/clips are on both my IHD and an EHD.

All music on my internal drive in itunes.


Following these instructions:


In my case, I want to move projects to an external drive.  Some of the clips are on my IHD and some are on ANOTHER EHD.

I have a second EHD formated to extended journaled.


From what I can tell, I want to drag the project from my IHD to the new formated EHD correct?

Then I click on Copy Projects and Events right?

(So I can edit them on another computer if needed; ie. it will grab clips from my IHD and EHD and music and place on new EHD).


Where I am getting confused is consolidating media.  That is if I want to bring everything to my IHD from say an EHD right?

But here is the weird thing.  I have a project from a month ago.  Everything in that project is on my IHD.

Why is the consolidate media button available and not greyed out.  I hit it and gave me the three options.  I then hit cancel.

But everything is on my IHD already.


Thanks for help!!

Sorry I am clueless.

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
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    Apr 28, 2013 2:03 PM (in response to Tigervision)

    When you copy Projects and Events, it will copy projects and events to the external hard drive. If you use File Consolidate Media, it should also move a copy of iTunes tracks or iPhoto images to the external hard drive. If you use File Consolidate media. It should also move or copy any events which have not already been moved or copied.

    Consolidate Media moves media to the same drive that the Project is on.

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
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    Apr 28, 2013 6:32 PM (in response to Tigervision)

    I am not sure what you mean by reference files.


    I think you are correct in 2 and 3' but I suggest you test it first. I would hate to see you lose data because I did not fully understand your question.


    Voice overs are stored in the Project, so those should be brought over when you copy a project.

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
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    Apr 29, 2013 5:06 AM (in response to Tigervision)

    OK instead of calling that a reference movie, I would call that the Project file. This is confusing because the Project is a container that contains, among other things, the text file that you described, which I am calling the project file. To me, a reference movie is a low resolution movie used as an intermediate step in editing so you can tell what you are doing before you expend the resources to render in full resolution.


    In my case, I did have hundreds of projects and events over several years, and i quickly realized that I needed to move them off the internal drive. The priority is to move the Events, since they are so large. I do not use keywords or favorites in my editing so I do a simple Move from iMovie. I have now also moved all my projects to an external drive. I put them all on the same drive for simplicity and so it would be easy to do a Time Machine backup on them.  I do not back up my Event files on Time Machine, but I do back up the Camera Archives so I can recreate an event in case I ever lose it. I do back up events that are DV or converted VHS, because they are my only copies, and I do not have a camera archive for them. I do have the original tapes, but I do not want to have to import them again.

    I have not gone through and done a "consolidate media" but I probably should. Over time, the iPhoto libraries can change and make your old paths obsolete.


    For my backup scheme,  I

    1) make a bootable backup to a SuperDuper! clone. This way if my boot drive fails I can still work.

    2) For all other user files except large video files, I back up to Time Machine.

    3) For all files in 1 and 2 as well as Event files for which I do not have a Camera Archive, I will back up to CrashPlan in the cloud. CrashPlan is a hedge against losing everything in a fire.


    At the time I started this backup scheme, I had several terabytes of iMovie Events, and I could not afford to do a simple duplicate backup. Now, I would consider technology like the Drobo which offers backup through a RAID-like scheme so if you lose a drive, you do not lose the data.

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
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    May 12, 2013 4:59 AM (in response to Tigervision)

    That sounds right to me.

    You would not want original media to be deleted if one (of potentially many) projects which accessed this media were deleted. When you move the event to the EHD, all projects which use that Event are internally updated with the new location.


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