8 Replies Latest reply: Sep 26, 2012 6:42 PM by Jigger47
pomme4moi Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
Hi. I have a 2TB external drive connected by FireWire to my MacBook Pro. The top folder on the external drive is called My Media. I want to have two subfolders under My Media, one for my iTunes library and one for my iMovie media content. I already moved my iTunes library to the external drive and that worked fine.

Can someone specify how to move my iMovie 11 media content to the external drive, so that it appears as a subfolder under My Media folder? Thank you

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,395 points)
    The external drive should be formatted as Mac OS Extended (Journaled).
    FAT32 drives will not be visible to iMovie.

    You will need to create a folder at the top level of the drive called iMovie Events. You can also create an iMovie Projects folder at the top level of the drive. If you make these subfolders of another folder, iMovie will not see them.

    For best results, do all moves from within iMovie.
    In iMovie, click View/Events By Volume.
    Hold down the command key as you drag the Event icon in the Event Library to the icon for the external drive in the Event Library.

    Also read about the File/Consolidate Media... Command in Help.
  • pomme4moi Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    Thank you AppleMan. Under View, I don't see an option named Events By Volume. I do, however, see an option for Group Events By Disk. It seems to be a toggle on/off setting. Is this what you are referring to? Should I have it ticked (toggled on)? Thanks
  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,395 points)
    I should have said Events By Disk.
    Events by Volume was used in an older version.

    When moving your events, have this checked so you can see what you are doing.
    When this is unchecked, you will see your entire Event Library organized by year (and month if you want) without concern about where it is physically located.
  • Timothy Houghton Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Thanks for this info, it's been useful!

    One question - what is the purpose of holding down the command key while dragging? Or did you mean the option key?
  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,395 points)
    By holding down the command key while dragging you get a MOVE. A simple drag will get a COPY.
    If your objective is to free up space, use move. If you objective is to make a backup, or to share with a friend while keeling your own, or to use on two computers, use COPY.
  • Timothy Houghton Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Thanks. Bit of a finger fumble on my part I think, the first time I tried to use the command key it just selected multiple events. Then I tried again and it moved it (which is what I wanted). Thanks!
  • Paul Schatzkin1 Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    In the unlikely event you are still monitoring this thread... I managed to follow the steps you've outlined had have moved all my iMovie stuff to an external drive.  Thanks for making it so siple.

     

    Now then, the "Movies" item/icon in my Finder/Places window is still pointing to the folders on my Macintosh HD.  Is there any way to get them to point to the new drive, and/or create a new icon that points to the new drive?

     

    Thanks,

     

    --P

  • Jigger47 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for this info just transfered all my imovie files to my EHD.