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Deleting unwanted clips from your hard drive

From: iMovie 11 Essential Training

Video: Deleting unwanted clips from your hard drive

As your iMovie Event Library continues to grow over time, there is going to be more and more footage in there that you'll probably never use. This is why it's a good idea to always mark your footage as favorites, as well as rejected. You can leave any footage you're not sure about unmarked, but there is bound to be a lot of footage you know you absolutely won't use. So be sure to mark those clips as rejected, because it will make it much easier to delete it later when you start running out of hard drive space. Incidentally, something I didn't mention in the movie on marking your clips, you can select footage and press the Delete or Backspace key on your keyboard, which is the same as marking them as rejected.

Deleting unwanted clips from your hard drive

As your iMovie Event Library continues to grow over time, there is going to be more and more footage in there that you'll probably never use. This is why it's a good idea to always mark your footage as favorites, as well as rejected. You can leave any footage you're not sure about unmarked, but there is bound to be a lot of footage you know you absolutely won't use. So be sure to mark those clips as rejected, because it will make it much easier to delete it later when you start running out of hard drive space. Incidentally, something I didn't mention in the movie on marking your clips, you can select footage and press the Delete or Backspace key on your keyboard, which is the same as marking them as rejected.

So if I go find a clip that I don't care about here-- I will just grab some of these trees and I press the Delete key on my keyboard-- you can see if I go and view Rejected Only, that moves that clip to the rejected area. Again, all rejected clips can be viewed here, and here you can decide whether these clips are really no good, or you can give them a reprieve by unmarking them and setting them back to the event they came from. Again, you do that by selecting the clip and then clicking the Unmark button here. But if you're sure you no longer need the clips that appear here, you can click the Move Rejected to Trash button right here.

Confirm that you do want to move them to the trash. Unlike some other programs, iMovie doesn't have its own trash system. The clips actually get sent right to the system trash. So if I go and look in my system Trash right now, you can see these are the files that iMovie just moved there. Here is the actual clip. Here are the thumbnails. So everything that has to do with that clip is now in my trash. So when I go to empty the trash, that footage will be permanently removed, and I'll free up that hard drive space. Now, at this point as long as I haven't quit iMovie, I can still undo that move if I want to get those clips back.

So I can choose Edit > Undo Move Rejected Clips to Trash. If I go back in Rejected here, you'll see that they're now back in here. Even if you do move the rejected clips to the trash, you obviously won't be able to undo that after you've quit, but you can go to the system Trash, find those files. You can see it's actually made a couple of copies here since I've moved them back and forth a couple of times here, and just find the original clip and import that back into iMovie. You don't have to worry about grabbing the Thumbnails, because iMovie will generate those for you.

So this is the last place you can get that footage back. If you click Empty, that footage will be permanently deleted. Now deleting rejected clips is pretty easy, but even that can get tedious, and it still may not rid you of nearly all the footage in your Event Library that you haven't used and probably will never use. To help you weed out footage like that, you can choose File > Space Saver. Here you can automatically tag as rejected any clips that are not used in any projects, that are not marked as a favorite, and that are not marked with a keyword. Or you can choose any combination of the three.

For instance, if I wanted to reject everything in this clip that wasn't marked with the keyword, I could check that and then click Reject and Review. Any clips that meet that criteria are instantly marked as rejected and displayed in the Rejected Only area of the Event Browser. From here, you can review the clips, unmark any you want to keep, and then send the rest to the trash. If you have a large Event Library, you'll probably send a ton of footage to the reject pile this way. Chances are you might want to save a good bit of it, but you also probably be able to get rid of a lot of it and free up a good chunk of hard drive space.

Now these are all good methods for getting rid of unused clips or portions of clips, but if you know you want to get rid of an entire event-- so for instance, maybe I want to get rid of this event here-- you can just right-click on the event and choose Move Event to Trash, and everything in that event will then be placed in your trash. So that's how we review and delete unused footage from our iMovie events, and that about does it for the organizational skills. In the next chapter, we'll start doing some real editing.

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iMovie 11 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 44s
    1. Welcome
      45s
    2. Using the exercise files
      59s
  2. 1m 6s
    1. Making sure you have the latest version of iMovie
      1m 6s
  3. 19m 13s
    1. Types of connections
      1m 58s
    2. Importing from a tape-based camera
      5m 40s
    3. Importing from a memory-based camera
      4m 8s
    4. Importing from a digital still camera
      3m 31s
    5. Importing from other sources
      2m 24s
    6. Capturing live action
      1m 32s
  4. 11m 55s
    1. Interface overview
      2m 8s
    2. The Event Library and Event Browser
      4m 9s
    3. Selecting and adding clips to a project
      3m 3s
    4. The toolbar
      2m 35s
  5. 23m 53s
    1. Organizing events
      4m 28s
    2. Rating clips
      3m 26s
    3. Advanced rating tools
      2m 34s
    4. Tagging with keywords
      5m 6s
    5. Automatically finding people in your clips
      2m 15s
    6. Moving events to a different hard drive
      2m 15s
    7. Deleting unwanted clips from your hard drive
      3m 49s
  6. 26m 40s
    1. Creating a new project
      2m 36s
    2. Adding clips to the project
      5m 46s
    3. Trimming and slip edits
      3m 40s
    4. Fine-tuning clips
      2m 6s
    5. Splitting clips
      3m 0s
    6. Cropping and rotating
      5m 11s
    7. The advanced Edit tool
      2m 14s
    8. Using a traditional timeline
      2m 7s
  7. 51m 55s
    1. Creating and adjusting still clips
      3m 22s
    2. Incorporating photos
      5m 48s
    3. Adjusting color
      5m 51s
    4. Using transitions
      9m 5s
    5. Adding titles
      4m 1s
    6. Using one-step effects
      2m 14s
    7. Stabilizing video
      5m 7s
    8. Using green screen effects
      7m 0s
    9. Creating movie trailers
      9m 27s
  8. 36m 21s
    1. Adjusting audio levels and position
      6m 8s
    2. Adding music and sound effects
      7m 15s
    3. Adding background music
      6m 48s
    4. Adding a voiceover
      5m 4s
    5. Extracting audio from other clips
      2m 58s
    6. Editing to the beat
      8m 8s
  9. 35m 11s
    1. Exporting to iTunes
      4m 58s
    2. Exporting to the Media Browser
      3m 37s
    3. Sharing to iDVD
      51s
    4. Publishing to a MobileMe web gallery
      4m 26s
    5. Publishing to YouTube, Vimeo, and iReport
      4m 39s
    6. Publishing to Facebook
      2m 49s
    7. Exporting QuickTime movies
      2m 29s
    8. Exporting a project for Final Cut
      2m 26s
    9. Changing published projects
      57s
    10. Finalizing your project
      2m 5s
    11. Moving a project to another Mac
      5m 54s
  10. 41s
    1. Goodbye
      41s

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