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In iMovie '11 Essential Training, author Garrick Chow illustrates the process of creating high-quality video using iMovie '11. The course covers the entire post-production process, from importing audio, video, and still images to adding effects, creating trailers, and sharing your finished projects on social networks. Also included are tutorials on adjusting audio levels, automatically identifying clips that include faces, and using green screen effects. Exercise files accompany the course.
Video footage takes up a lot of space, and as you continue to add footage into iMovie, you might find 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. We have already seen that when you import footage, iMovie lets you choose on which drive you'd like to save that footage. So what I want to show you here is how to move existing footage to another drive. I have three internal drives connected to this Mac. Let's say I want to move by surfing events to another drive to free up room on the first drive. First of all, if you don't see your drives listed in the Event Library, click the drive icon up here in the right-hand corner.
Any available drive, internal or external, that you have connected to your Mac should show up. So you can see I have my main Macintosh hard drive right here, and I also have a Drive A and a Drive B. So let's say I want to move a couple of my events to one of my other drives, maybe this live in booth footage here. All you need to do is simply grab that and drag that to the other drive, and you see a Plus symbol appears. The Plus symbol indicates to me that I'm going to be copying this footage to that drive. So when I release my mouse, I am actually going to end up with two copies of this footage.
But I actually want to remove this footage from my Macintosh hard drive and move that to Drive A. So I am actually gong hold down the Command or Apple key on my keyboard as I drag. Notice you don't see a Plus symbol this time, but when I release, you see the message that we are moving files to Drive A, and now in Drive A we see live in booth. Here is that footage. And notice that it's no longer appearing under my Macintosh hard drive. I'll still have my other events here, but my booth footage is now on my Drive A. So that's all there is to that.
I have now freed up that space that those events were taking up on my main hard drive. Now if you are using an external drive, just be aware that if you disconnect that drive, any clips you are using from events on that drive won't show up. You can still view the project you're working on if you have footage from your main hard drive in there, but when you come across footage that's on that second drive, you won't see it. So you want to make sure to keep all of your iMovie drives connected when you're working with iMovie. The good news is that hard drives are always getting less and less expensive, so adding additional storage space for your iMovie events shouldn't be too much of a financial burden.
But if you are really aching for space, you can always start deleting unused footage. We'll talk about that in the next movie.
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