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It's 2013 and I still don't know where my movies are!

Discussion in 'Apple' started by DaveF, Nov 2, 2013.

  1. DaveF

    DaveF Moderator

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    David Fischer
    Back in 2007 when I switched to Mac, one bit that I stumbled over was video management. Six years later and it's only gotten worse. Can anyone make sense of Macs and movies?

    I never know where my movies are. Are they on iPhone camera roll and photo app, OS iPhoto, or iMovie? Are they part of a project or published to a product? Is the final product in iMovie or is it exported to a separate file on my hard drive or maybe even uploaded to YouTube?

    My confusion is increased again tonight: I upgraded to Mavericks, and found the new iMovie changed things again. It's got a hidden directory of completed movies in Low Quality and Quality with random-string filenames.

    What I want is confidence that: videos are transferred from mobile device to OS X, and I can find them in iMovie (because why would I look for movies in iPhoto). And if I've made a finished product, I know it's somewhere safe that I can find in the future.

    Is there any method to the movie madness?
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