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Moving iMovie 09's library to an external hard drive...

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enzofsilva Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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May 7, 2009 6:19 AM
Hi.

I have iMovie 09, but have followed this procedure: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1026 to move my events to and external hard drive. Couldn't find a similar article specific to iMovie 09... I assume they work the same way...

Well, this COPIED the events folder but left a copy still taking up space on my Mac hard drive. Can I just delete the events folder from my Mac safely? If the whole purpose is to save room on my Mac, why does this procedure "copy" instead of "transfer" the files?


I remember a similar procedure for iPhoto libraries, where you'd transfer the library file to an external hard drive then restart iPhoto (now with an empty library) holding Option or CTRL (can't remember) and a hidden menu asking you to point iPhoto to a library file would appear... Is there a way to do this for iMovie 09? even want my Projects to be on the external hard drive... and every time I import clips I want them to default to the external; hard drive iMovie "library"...
Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
    Hold down the command key as you drag, and this will move rather than copy. Unfortunately, it you copy, it does not update the links in your projects. Be sure to Command drag.
    iMac 24 2.8Ghz, iPhone, TV, Mac OS X (10.5.6), Parallels 4.0.3540 with XP, Panasonic HDC-SD5
  • Sheryl Kingstone Level 3 Level 3 (635 points)
    Appleman is very correct. I just want to add one more thing:

    I recently moved a project using command and drag/drop to the external hard drive, since the project had multiple events tied to it...it actually asked me if i wanted to move the project or projects and events....voila...all events moved right along with it!
    macbook aluminum, 2.4, 4 gig, 320, imac dual core, 1.8, Mac OS X (10.5.6), sony HDC-HC3, appleTV, ipods, hard drives, WDMP
  • Sheryl Kingstone Level 3 Level 3 (635 points)
    no its not wrong, just not updated:) They added more functionality for moving projects and events in imovie9.
    macbook aluminum, 2.4, 4 gig, 320, imac dual core, 1.8, Mac OS X (10.5.6), sony HDC-HC3, appleTV, ipods, hard drives, WDMP
  • bobbyco57 Level 4 Level 4 (1,745 points)
    No. You can command click to select multiple events.
    MBP 2.5Ghz, 250GB, 4G ram, Mac OS X (10.5.6), iLife 09, FCE 4.01, 2x eSATA card
  • Sheryl Kingstone Level 3 Level 3 (635 points)
    If you make a mini project taking one clip from each event, then move that project to the external drive, it will take all the events with the project if you move using the command key. Please make sure whatever you do...is WITHIN imovie! or imovie will get VERY confused!
    macbook aluminum, 2.4, 4 gig, 320, imac dual core, 1.8, Mac OS X (10.5.6), sony HDC-HC3, appleTV, ipods, hard drives, WDMP
  • Sheryl Kingstone Level 3 Level 3 (635 points)
    I wouldn't try. I would just move the individual events then or make a project--which could take time also. I am more of the slow and careful type though. I find the mac gets confused, and then all **** could break loose. Not worth the risk. Imovie isn't the most stable app! It can easily crash! Just do it at night watching TV or something!
    macbook aluminum, 2.4, 4 gig, 320, imac dual core, 1.8, Mac OS X (10.5.6), sony HDC-HC3, appleTV, ipods, hard drives, WDMP
  • bobbyco57 Level 4 Level 4 (1,745 points)
    From within iMovie.
    Command click Event 1, command click event 2. They're both blue highlighted now.
    Drag to the external disk. Job done.
    DO NOT command drag, just click drag after selecting the events.
    MBP 2.5Ghz, 250GB, 4G ram, Mac OS X (10.5.6), iLife 09, FCE 4.01, 2x eSATA card
  • Sheryl Kingstone Level 3 Level 3 (635 points)
    right. However, you can move the projects (command drag) -- which will then ask to move associated events also! Any events left in imovie after projects are moved are unassociated events. At this point, you could just copy since you wouldn't be effecting any projects. Then delete the one on the hard drive. Just a thought.
    macbook aluminum, 2.4, 4 gig, 320, imac dual core, 1.8, Mac OS X (10.5.6), sony HDC-HC3, appleTV, ipods, hard drives, WDMP
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