iMovie 10.0.2 Essential Training
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iMovie 10.0.2 Essential Training

with Garrick Chow

Video: Moving events to a different hard drive

The last two movies in this chapter are Inside your home folder, you'll find Movies. And inside Movies you'll find the iMovie library.
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  1. 8m 10s
    1. Welcome
    2. Installing iMovie
      3m 48s
    3. How to use the exercise files
    4. What's new in 10.0.6
      3m 3s
  2. 10m 31s
    1. Understanding connector types
      1m 28s
    2. Importing from a tape-based camera
      3m 8s
    3. Importing from a memory-based camera
      2m 55s
    4. Importing video files
      1m 34s
    5. Capturing live action
      1m 26s
  3. 15m 17s
    1. Interface overview
      4m 41s
    2. Browsing events in the iMovie Library
      3m 35s
    3. Selecting and adding clips to a project
      7m 1s
  4. 11m 53s
    1. Organizing events
      2m 57s
    2. Rating clips
      3m 34s
    3. Moving events to a different hard drive
      3m 40s
    4. Deleting unwanted clips from your hard drive
      1m 42s
  5. 22m 55s
    1. Creating a new project
      1m 28s
    2. Adding clips to the project
      7m 33s
    3. Trimming and slip editing
      3m 6s
    4. Fine-tuning clips
      2m 31s
    5. Splitting, inserting, and connecting clips
      5m 6s
    6. Cropping and rotating
      3m 11s
  6. 1h 14m
    1. Creating and adjusting still clips
      4m 18s
    2. Incorporating photos
      5m 52s
    3. Adjusting color
      8m 34s
    4. Using transitions
      9m 55s
    5. Adding titles
      4m 31s
    6. Adjusting the speed of clips
      12m 5s
    7. Stabilizing video
      3m 55s
    8. Adding cutaways, side-by-side video, and picture-in-picture effects
      5m 26s
    9. Using green-screen effects
      8m 23s
    10. Applying video effects
      1m 59s
    11. Creating movie trailers
      9m 30s
  7. 35m 3s
    1. Adjusting audio levels and position
      9m 39s
    2. Adding music and sound effects
      8m 42s
    3. Adding background music
      6m 25s
    4. Adding a voiceover
      5m 5s
    5. Extracting audio from clips
      3m 12s
    6. Applying audio effects
      2m 0s
  8. 14m 3s
    1. Exporting to iMovie Theater
      6m 26s
    2. Exploring the other sharing options
      7m 37s
  9. 40s
    1. Goodbye

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3h 13m Beginner Mar 24, 2014 Updated Dec 03, 2014

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iMovie may seem simple, but it offers many of the same features as more powerful video-editing applications, including timeline-based editing, transitions, image stabilization, and even green-screen effects. It even costs much less, and comes preinstalled on all new Macs. Here Garrick Chow shows you how to create your own great looking movies to share with family and friends in iMovie. Learn how to import video from cameras and iOS devices, organize clips into a narrative, trim away unwanted footage and insert new clips, and add transitions, photos, titles, and other special effects. Garrick also shows how to enhance your movie with sound effects and music and then export your movie and share it with the world.

Topics include:
  • Importing video
  • Organizing events
  • Adding clips to a project
  • Trimming and split editing
  • Cropping and rotating
  • Adjusting color
  • Adjusting the speed of clips
  • Creating movie trailers
  • Adding background music and voice-over
  • Sharing your movies
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Moving events to a different hard drive

The last two movies in this chapter are about how to save space on your hard drive. Because video takes up a lot of space, and as you continue to add footage into iMovie, you might find that your hard drive starts getting full pretty quickly. The first option you have is to store your footage on a second hard drive, or even move existing events to another hard drive. Let's first take a field trip outside of iMovie for a few moments. And out here I'm going to go to the Finder. And I'll go to my home folder, by choosing Go > Home. Inside your home folder, you'll find Movies. And inside Movies you'll find the iMovie library. This is the file that contains all the events, projects and footage in iMovie.

This is not a file you want to mess around with because iMovie organizes your data inside it in a very specific way. Also if you have the previous version of iMovie installed, as I do, you'll see these iMovie events and iMovie projects folders here, too, which we can just ignore since we're working with the new version. But as you add footage to iMovie, this Library file will get larger and larger. If your main hard drive on your Mac is starting to fill up, you'll probably want to move your projects and footage to a different hard drive, because having a full main hard drive can start to drastically slow down your computer. So the key to moving your footage to other hard drives is to create additional iMovie libraries.

I have a couple of other drives installed on my Mac right now. You can see them listed here under Devices. Let's say I want to move my events to the one called Drive A, we currently have a folder called Backup Stuff on there. Let's go back to iMovie and here I'm going to select File > Open Library > New. I'm just going to expand this window here. I'm going to navigate out and find Drive A. Now you can also use any external drive you have connected to your Mac like a USB hard drive or even a thumb drive if it has enough space. Also be sure to give your library a name that you'll recognize. We'll just call this one External Library.

I'll click Save, and now that library appears here in the sidebar of iMovie, and it includes a single empty event named with the current date. So, moving events from my original iMovie library is simply a matter of dragging them to that library. But bear in mind that when you drag, and I'm not letting go here because I don't actually want to make that copy. When you drag, you'll end up with two versions of that event, one in each library. You can then right-click the original one, and choose to move that event to the trash to get rid of it. But if you want to move the event in one step, hold down Cmd as you drag it to the library. Notice I don't see the plus copy icon when I do this because holding down command moves the event instead of copying it, and that's pretty much it.

The space that event took up on my original library is now being freed up. And that's absolutely nothing wrong with having multiple iMovie libraries. You can also collapse libraries if for example, you created a new library just to house projects and events you don't really use anymore, but you want to save. In fact, you can go a step further and right-click a library to close it. Now, that doesn't delete the library or the footage contained in it, it just hides it from the sidebar. If you want to get it back go to File > Open Library, and here you'll find shortcuts to all the recently opened libraries. Or you can choose other here to browse for a library to open. You might want to do that if you're opening up a library file that you maybe got from a friend and never opened in your copy of iMovie before.

So, you won't see a shortcut for it up here. But in this case, I still want to work with the AT running event footage here in my original library, so I'm going to Cmd + drag it back. By the way, if you have a large library, it will take some time to copy that library over. You can keep an eye on its progress with the activity monitor display up here in the upper right-hand corner. And once it disappears, I know my event has been fully copied over. Now if you're done working with the external library, maybe just created one temporarily to help edit a project for a friend and you don't really need it anymore. First, right-click on it to close that library. Then you might want to go up to the File menu to Open Library, and choose Clear Recents to stop it from being listed in that menu.

And lastly, you'll want to go to your external drive, or wherever the library was created. Find that library file and move it to your system trash. And then delete it. That's how to make sure the entire library is gone. All right, so there you have how to move events to other hard drives by creating new iMovie libraries.

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Q: This course was updated on 12/03/2014. What changed?
A: There is a new movie that covers the changes to iMovie 10.0.6. The author also updated the "Exploring the other sharing options" movie.
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