4 Replies Latest reply: Dec 1, 2008 12:39 PM by Rmarkj
Russell Massey Level 1 Level 1
I created an iMovie 08 project on my macbook pro. The footage came from a digital still camera on video mode as opposed to a video recorder.

I then attempted to transfer the iMovie project to my iMac which I use to sync with my Apple TV.

I transferred the file over my airport extreme network, and moved the file into the iMovie projects folder in my movie folder in my home folder.

It shows up as a project, but does not play. All I see in the window is black screen.

I even imported the raw footage into the iMac so that there was some data there.

My question is whether there is a way to transfer an iMovie project in iMovie 08 from one computer to another.


iMac G4, iMac G5, iBook G4, MacBook Pro, iPhone, iPhone 3G, ATV, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • Rmarkj Level 1 Level 1
    Interested in the solution as I would like to move imovie projects to an external harddrive once finshed and preserve all the editing. A bit like how you can move the events.
  • tritoniadiomedea Level 2 Level 2
    I think that moving "the project" may not move the "the event" that the project is based on. It seems that the "projects" are smallish files that store info about how to put your movie together based on the raw footage you shot. But the actual video footage does not get copied with the project. I am not sure, but maybe this helps. I'd like to hear the proper way to move a project intact with all footage included.
  • tritoniadiomedea Level 2 Level 2
    This seems to be the solution, read here:
  • Rmarkj Level 1 Level 1
    The macrumours link just telss you how to move the events which is relatively straightforward.

    Alot of advice just seems to rest with leave the projects on your internal drive as they don't take up much space.

    However, http://karsten.schluter.googlepages.com/im08tricks has a description of how to move the projects and then 'fool' imovie into where the projects are stored.

    Not very flexible but it does allow you to 'clear' your macbook yet when you restore the sym-link file to the right place and restart imovie you can reconnect to all your old projects and events without yellow triangles of death appearing.

    By the by apple needs to sort this out as archiving old projects and events together and preserve the editing is a really basic requirment I think.

    PS anyone found out how to merge projects yet? Another basic function that seems to be lacking.