5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 3, 2013 7:28 AM by AppleMan1958
Sopjai Level 1 (0 points)

I have years of taped video that I have imported without a date code and I have manually added the correct date within iMovie.


To save space I have now moved these files within iMovie to an external drive.  All appears fine at first, the Event Library has all the correct dates on the new drive.  However, when iMovie is closed and then reopened, it loses all the manually added dates, and I have one event for the date the files were imported from tape.


I have searched a lot of forums but have not found an answer.  I could just do all that manually work again on the new drive, but there must be an easier way.


Would upgrading to iLife11 help?

iMovie '08
  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 (19,450 points)



    Just a thought.


    How is Your external hard disk formatted ?


    • select it's icon

    • press [cmd+I)

    • read

    - formatted as : nnnnnnnnn


    Yours Bengt W

  • Sopjai Level 1 (0 points)

    Format as follows:


    Mac OS Extended (Journaled)


    As it was for valuable data I purchased a Gdrive from the Apple shop at premium price - so hopefully that is not the problem.



  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 (27,415 points)

    I would suggest the following.


    When you want to move to the external drive, use COPY not MOVE. Once the copy has taken place, you can delete the original copy on the internal drive. This should preserve your dates. It also preserves keywords and favorites.


    Seems like a bug to me. I can't think of a reason they would have designed it this way.

  • Sopjai Level 1 (0 points)

    I tried copy and delete in finder, but iMovie lost track of the files completely, perhaps you meant copy within iMovie, I'll try that later.


    I just downloaded a free trial of Final Cut Pro X, and imported Imovie events.  Again, this completely ignored all the time and date data added manually in iMovie.  If it's a bug it I would have thought a few more people might have come across it.



  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 (27,415 points)

    You need to do the copy in iMovie.