6 Replies Latest reply: Jul 2, 2012 1:14 PM by James Snedeker
James Snedeker Level 1 (75 points)

I've created a fairly large movie in iMovie 9 on my desktop.  It's almost done--I just have to create the credits.


I decided in order to give my desktop a rest, I'd create the credits on my laptop and then transfer them to the main movie on my desktop.


So I created the credits as a new iMovie project on my laptop, and want to now transfer that project to my movie on my desktop.  Can someone tell me how to do this?  Thanks.


(N. B.:  I just noticed that while I have iMovie 9 on my desktop, my laptop runs iMovie 11.   I'm assuming that moving between the two won't be a problem, as they seem to look identical and produce the same results--at least in doing credits.)

2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.5.8), Memory: 4 GB 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
  • Klaus1 Level 8 (47,775 points)

    Best way to do this is to export the credits as a Quicktime file (best quality) and import that into the main movie.

  • James Snedeker Level 1 (75 points)

    Thanks, Klaus.   But how do I physically move the file between the two computers?  Thumb drive?

  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 (19,450 points)



    But how do I physically move the file between the two computers?  Thumb drive?


    NO !


    Connection - Either connect one Mac in Target mode to the other via FireWire. Or use an external hard disk !

    (Target-Mode - Start one Mac e.g. laptop - BUT keep T-key down during full up-start - Now a FW-symbol is jumping around the screen and it will work as an external hard disk when connected to the other Mac)



    A. The External Hard Disk - MUST BE - Mac OS Extended (hfs) formatted to work for Video. UNIX/DOS/FAT32/Mac OS Exchange works for most other things but not for Video whatever program is used (iMovie or FinalCut)


    B. Should be a FireWire one as USB/USB2 performs badly to me and especially when filling up


    C. Do never Move or Alter any folder named

    • iMovie Event's - or -

    • iMovie Project's

    on DeskTop/Finder - as this will result in iMovie losing connections to them and repair can be anything from hard to impossibly


    D. Moving and Copying must be done within iMovie application and Events to Events - and - Project's to Project's.


    E. Moving Project's to Event's - Do not work for me - I have to export project as a QuickTime movie then Import this into Events.


    Yours Bengt W


    Event's window can show two faces


    Like this

    Skärmavbild 2012-06-22 kl. 23.22.32.png

    or like this

    Skärmavbild 2012-06-22 kl. 23.30.11.png

    from one hard disk Event - You can move it to the other hard disk


    You can not (at least not me) move Event to Project or other way around only

    Event to Event and Project to Project


    Yours Bengt W

  • James Snedeker Level 1 (75 points)



    Thank you for your informative reply.  Hmmm.... prior to reading your reply, I did attempt to move the iMovie project from one computer to the other via a thumb drive, and appeared to have worked!  I was able to copy it out of my laptop and put it on the thumb drive, and then put the thumb drive into my desktop where it appeared.  I then was able to drag and drop it into iMovie and my large project, where it appears to be working just fine.


    Please tell me if there is something wrong with this, thanks.

  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 (19,450 points)

    My view is - You were Lucky


    Usually this creat's problem but for small projects and if Thumb drive is formatted as Mac OS Extended (hfs) it can work - But I will not chance or invite others into probably problems.


    But as it works - Be very Glad


    Yours Bengt W

  • James Snedeker Level 1 (75 points)

    Bengt, yes I am very glad.  But I am also very cautious, and when my movie began freezing up, I started to have second thoughts, based on your advice.  So I removed those clips form the project, recreated them as new projects on my desktop (a lot of work but I'll do anything to get this thing done), and then exported them as QT movies and then imported them as events, and then popped them into my project.  It worked.


    Yes, I was very glad that my initial thoughts worked, but I am also very glad to have expert advice from people like you to keep me from doing bad things!