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Question: File and Clip Management - Excessive Duplication)

iMovie 10.1.8, MacOS 10.13.3

This has been covered a couple of times, but I'm still not quite getting it...


In the end, I liked the file management in the versions of iMovie after HD. I would import my clips (maybe 2-3 months worth of family holidays, visitors, barbecues, etc) from the camera. They would get stabilised overnight, and each new day of filming resulted in an "event" on the computer. I would then go and make these events more meaningful by combining days into a single event when it helped (e.g. a holiday), and giving them a sensible title (e.g. "2012-12-31 New Year's Eve in Lancashire").


My iMovies could then be made from a whole year's events ("Fred and Wilma in 2012"), or just a few events ("California and Las Vegas, August 2012"). Until I rendered the movies, I could easily make small backup files (eg "Ca & LV v3", "Ca & LV v4") so I could revert some changes quickly. These small files were easy to backup (and eventually delete when the final version was published). The events folders themselves were easily backed up incrementally - power up the backup drive, and transfer any events in the current folder that were not on the backup drive.


Under iMovie 10.1.8, I am now finding it harder:

- because it does not allow event subfolders, for easy access I have to create a new Library for each year of clips (2012, 2013, 2014, etc)

- Libraries mix clips and projects together

- my iMovie Library is massive! When I "Show package contents" it appears that iMovie has been copying a clip into a project, and leaving it there whether it is used or not

- there is a large level of duplication - not only do the different versions ("Ca & LV v3" vs "Ca & LV v4") have all the clips in them, those same clips are also duplicated in the other film ("Fred and Wilma in 2012"), and all their stabilisation files are also duplicated


When I backup my libraries, I am transferring a significant amount of duplication, wasting time and space.


I am aware that the iMovie team are not going to change the product to suit me, so I am looking for advice on how to minimise duplication. How have other folks managed this kind of dilemma? I accept there is something wrong with my thinking here, but what is it?


Thanks,


Andrew

IMAC (RETINA 5K, 27-INCH, LATE 2015), macOS Sierra (10.12.3)

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Mar 1, 2018 4:22 PM in response to Facherty1 In response to Facherty1

Hi,


There's nothing "wrong" with your thinking. It's just that you are trying to use iMovie, a movie editing app, as a file management app that it is not designed for. Instead of importing massive amounts of media into iMovie, try instead importing your photos and videos into the Photos app that is designed for file management. You can create all the albums and sub-albums in the Photos app that you want. By clicking on the Photos app item in the iMovie sidebar you can access your media from within iMovie as you need it.


-- Rich

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Mar 1, 2018 4:22 PM in response to Facherty1 In response to Facherty1

Hi,


There's nothing "wrong" with your thinking. It's just that you are trying to use iMovie, a movie editing app, as a file management app that it is not designed for. Instead of importing massive amounts of media into iMovie, try instead importing your photos and videos into the Photos app that is designed for file management. You can create all the albums and sub-albums in the Photos app that you want. By clicking on the Photos app item in the iMovie sidebar you can access your media from within iMovie as you need it.


-- Rich

Mar 1, 2018 4:22 PM

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