4 Replies Latest reply: May 2, 2009 6:33 PM by AppleMan1958
Philip Sterling Level 1 (55 points)
Howdy all. I've grown to LOVE the Aperture import option "don't import duplicates." I don't like to delete the photos from my camera until I've made an off-site backup with Aperture, so this option makes importing photos quick and easy since I don't have to figure out where I left off every time I try to import new photos.

I can't seem to find an option for this in iMovie '09. I'm quickly growing tired of the arduous process of trying to figure the last movie I imported so I can start importing the very next video. What makes it more difficult is the fact that most of my video subjects are the same (i.e. our baby). This is very frustrating, as I have to wait sometimes a few minutes for all the video previews to render (I have a 32GB card in the video camera), then start the difficult task of figuring where I left off.

Does anyone know of a way to show only non-imported movies, similar to Aperture's "don't import duplicates" option? This would make iMovie MUCH more enjoyable and usable! Thanks in advance...

24" iMac (2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo), Mac OS X (10.5.6), 3 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
  • Philip Sterling Level 1 (55 points)
    I don't think there's actually an option for this in iMovie, but is there another way to accomplish the same goal? Does anyone else have frustration with this limitation?
  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 (27,415 points)
    Personally, when I get ready to import from my SDHC card-based camcorder, I create a disk image as a backup using Disk Utility. Then I mount the disk image and import from there. Since I know that the disk image worked, I know I have a good backup, so I go ahead and reformat the card, using the camera.

    This way I always have a fresh card, and I avoid having to remember what is imported already. I also don't have to worry about the card getting fragmented.
  • Philip Sterling Level 1 (55 points)
    Thanks, AppleMan. I just discovered how to use iMovie's Archive All function to write the entire camera contents to an external hard drive. Still doesn't resolve the "don't import duplicates" problem, but at least it's a backup solution for me. Is this a good backup solution, or should I use the Disk Utility method you described?
  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 (27,415 points)
    The "archive all" should work fine.