5 Replies Latest reply: Feb 28, 2010 4:48 AM by Steve Mullen
captainfun Level 1 Level 1
This may sound like a stupid question but I can't figure out how to save my video project on iMovie '09? Maybe I'm blind but I can't see any saving options on any of the drop downs.

15" MacBook Pro 2009, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6

    iMovie'08 & 09 are nothing like before or like any other programs where You make a document.

    It works with a Project and an Event library.

    You have a plus under the Project window and here You build Your movie-project
    and it's automaticly stored here.

    If You need to have it accessibly on an external hard disk to be connected to a second Mac.
    Then You use the hard disk button up in right hand corner of this window and just
    move - Within iMovie.

    Do not movie projects or Captured materials out on the Desktop/Finder - this will confuse

    Yours Bengt W
  • captainfun Level 1 Level 1
    Hey thanks for the help, ex PC user just getting used to this Mac stuff.
  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6
    Yes but iMovie'08 & 09 ARE VERY strange programs to anything previous.

    May be iPhoto - which gave me "near head-ace" when it moved around my photos
    till I got familiar with it and keept a safe storage of all my digital materials elsewhere.

    Took a look at iM'08 and here I can't select other hard disks for Project only Events.

    YES - In iMovie'09 You get all connected hard disks listed in the Project table and
    can move a project from one to the other.

    Especially important if You want to make a DVD - then You need all space possibly
    free on the internal/boot start-up hard disk. This due to that iDVD Can Not address
    any other for it's scratch and neither can Mac OS.

    So a minimum of 25Gb free space on this is my limit for doing a Safe work environment.

    Yours Bengt W
  • NeilSM Level 1 Level 1
    Hi. It automatically saves as you are working on it. If you have a look at the iLife 09 tutorials - they will tell you this. Also, I think if you check in the help section of iLife you will discover this. So, in short, you do not need to save it - it is already saved as you go. I too often think, "I'd like to save this". What do however is to produce a duplicate every time I finish working on a project so that if I mess something up, I have a back-up of my previous work. Cheers. NeilSM
  • Steve Mullen Level 2 Level 2
    Yes they are different, but it's the buyer's responsibility to actually learn the application before posting "problem" questions. He doesn't have a "problem." He failed to even try to learn the application. Answering such questions only encourages more people to post questions rather than learn the application.

    It would be best these question were never answered when the answer is clearly available in the many docs, books, ebooks, and tutorials provided by Apple and many others.

    Frankly, the same thing applies to the "my iMovie crashes" type postings. iMovie does NOT crash. It does not fail to start. It does not lose files. It does none of the things people keep posting about.

    These people have corrupt Macs -- likely from down-loading tons of free crap.

    A clean OS X system hangs maybe once a month. iMovie does something "strange" about once every 3 months.

    If used correctly -- iMovie always finds a camcorder and imports files. The problem is that folks don't read their camera manuals which describe HOW to connect their camera.

    Likewise, test after test, shows slideshows and movies look great. If yours don't, then you are not doing things correctly. Admittedly, what you might think is correct can be hard to figure-out since Apple gives you many options. But Apple practically begs you to import HD at Large. When you do so -- everything works fine.

    If you decide to import at FULL -- Apple leaves you on your own -- although beginning in v8.0.1, Apple forces your interlace video to progressive if you use certain FX -- so iMovie works behind the scenes to keep problems away.

    Now, if you are one of the few who have blu-ray player or WDTV and want FullHD in and OUT -- Apple provides you NO help because they do not sell these products. And, the expensive printed books do not cover these topics for reasons that are obvious.

    Nevertheless, I and many others have posted "how tos" -- some have started websites providing information while, because I'm a writer -- I've written 4 eBooks on 08 and 09. Information can, therefore, be found on working with FullHD.

    But, most folks will do just fine if they simply import at LARGE!

    Sorry, for the rant, but most of the postings I see are not "iMovie problems" -- they are user errors mostly caused by a refusal to learn (i.e., read) BEFORE using an application. The idea that Mac's are intuitive, died when OS 9 passed away. Macs are as complex and hard to use as PCs. In fact, perhaps more so, because most PC applications still ship with REAL documentation!