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where on the Mac Pro do I find my video clips?

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pslpeggy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Sep 8, 2013 1:32 PM

Is there an Icon i should activate?  New user attempting to navigate photos and video clips.

MacBook Pro, iOS 6.1.4
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (84,160 points)
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    Sep 8, 2013 4:24 PM (in response to pslpeggy)

    Open the Finder then select your home folder in the Sidebar on the left.


    On the right you should see the Pictures and Movies folders.


    You can also use Spotlight to find files.


    Click the magnifying glass icon top right in your screen in the status menu bar.


    Type in the name of a photo or video.


    Mac Basics: Spotlight

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,420 points)
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    Sep 9, 2013 10:42 AM (in response to pslpeggy)

    pslpeggy wrote:


    I found them using the spotlight.  But, shouldn't they "be someplace?"  Do i make a folder?

    In some ways it should not be much different than Windows. Using Spotlight is like using Windows Desktop Search: It only finds stuff that's already stored "someplace"! So your clips are already on the disk in folders.


    Here's what you want to do. If you used the Spotlight icon on the menu bar to find the file, select the file in the search results that drop down and press Command-Return. This will open the file in its enclosing folder, showing you exactly where the file is stored on your desktop.


    If you used the File/Find command in the Finder (another way of using Spotlight), the results show up in a Finder window (the same as a folder window on a Windows desktop). There, you can select the file and choose File/Open Enclosing Folder (or press its Command-R shortcut).


    Furthermore, if you can see a clip in iMovie you can find out where it is stored on the disk. In the Event Library in iMovie, simply right-click the clip and choose Reveal in Finder, and, once again, the clip will be shown on the desktop in the folder it is stored in.


    Notes: If you are not using a right-click mouse with your Mac, you can get the right-click menu by Control-clicking or configuring your trackpad to right-click. Also, the "Reveal in Finder" command is very similar to the "Show in Explorer" command in Windows. is more like Windows than you think, don't let yourself be intimidated.

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,420 points)
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    Sep 9, 2013 10:40 AM (in response to pslpeggy)

    Your files are where you decided to put them.

  • Network 23 Level 6 Level 6 (11,510 points)
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    Sep 9, 2013 10:43 AM (in response to Klaus1)

    Klaus1 wrote:


    Your files are where you decided to put them.

    I am guessing she used an automated migration from Windows to Mac and did not have direct control over the destinations. If one is unfamiliar with Mac folder organization and used an automated migrator they could plausibly not know where the files went.

  • Network 23 Level 6 Level 6 (11,510 points)
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    Sep 9, 2013 1:48 PM (in response to pslpeggy)

    pslpeggy wrote:


    It looks as if they all show up in one place when I do spotlight  so now I know where to find them.  Is it possible to make an album in IPhoto where they can be "put?"   If so, how?

    Thanks for setting me straight on how you migrated, it helps everyone understand. You can make an iPhoto album at any time by clicking the Create button at the bottom or choosing File/New Album, but you don't really have to. If you simply drag and drop those photos on iPhoto, iPhoto will immediately add them to the Photos list in the Library on the left side of iPhoto, where it will also automatically divide them up into date-based Events. So you'll be able to access those photos even if you don't create an album. If you want to organize them manually, then go ahead and create an Album.


    In the future, if you ever want to know where the actual photo files are, select it in iPhoto and choose File/Reveal in Finder.


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