3 Replies Latest reply: Jun 7, 2008 9:21 PM by Old Toad
nick11570 Level 1 (0 points)
Is it common practice to transfer short film clips like .mpeg and .mov files to iphoto and store them there? I have heard that some people transfer these types of files into itunes.

My goal is to eventually transfer the files to itunes so I can view them on aTV, but I would like to know the best place to transfer/organize/manage them. Thanks.
  • Mobebk Level 1 (35 points)
    Keep them in your movies folder, easier to preview esp with leopard, just press spacebar and it will generate a quick preview without opening QT
  • Edgar2 Level 1 (0 points)
    My .mov files are automatically imported to iPhoto. How do I get this to stop and move them to the movies folder? Also, I tried using finder to move a .mov file to the movies folder, but it left a "ghost" of the .mov file in iPhoto (I see the image, but nothing happens when I click on it). Any ideas on how to correct this? Thanks.
  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,334 points)

    You'll have to set up iPhoto not to automatically open and import when the camera is connected. Instead set up Image Capture to be the application to open where you can manually upload the movies to a folder on the desktop and the photos to iPhoto. It will be a manual operation.

    TIP: For insurance against the iPhoto database corruption that many users have experienced I recommend making a backup copy of the Library6.iPhoto (iPhoto.Library for iPhoto 5 and earlier) database file and keep it current. If problems crop up where iPhoto suddenly can't see any photos or thinks there are no photos in the library, replacing the working Library6.iPhoto file with the backup will often get the library back. By keeping it current I mean backup after each import and/or any serious editing or work on books, slideshows, calendars, cards, etc. That insures that if a problem pops up and you do need to replace the database file, you'll retain all those efforts. It doesn't take long to make the backup and it's good insurance.

    I've created an Automator workflow application (requires Tiger or later), iPhoto dB File Backup, that will copy the selected Library6.iPhoto file from your iPhoto Library folder to the Pictures folder, replacing any previous version of it. It's compatible with iPhoto 6 and 7 libraries and Tiger and Leopard. iPhoto does not have to be closed to run the application, just idle. You can download it at Toad's Cellar. Be sure to read the Read Me pdf file.
    Note: There now an Automator backup application for iPhoto 5 that will work with Tiger or Leopard.