iMovie questions

Discussion in 'Mac Applications and Mac App Store' started by Natboy, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie


    I'll start off by saying I am a huge mac newbie so please be gentle lol.

    I want to know if my macbook pro runs out of space while imovie is recording will it finalise itself or will it wait until I finalise it myself?
    It will be connected to power.

    Also, what if the macbook isn't connected to power & imovie is recording will it finalise before the mac shuts down?

    Thanks a lot :)
  2. macrumors 68030

    By "recording" do you mean importing, exporting or sharing video? Either way, if you run out of hard drive space then things will come to a stop.

    Secondly, you don't have to finalize a Project. All that does is create a copy of your Project at every resolution possible, and make them available to other Apps via the Media Browser. If you don't need that, then just Share or Export your Project.
  3. macrumors newbie

    By recording I mean, "open camera import window" & then "click capture to begin recording video into iMovie"

    So what happens when it is recording & runs out of space?
    Also how do I cut the bits of the video I want out & then save them to a folder on my mac?
    Thank you :)
  4. macrumors 68030

    Things will come to a stop. It can't import if there's nowhere to store it. How much free space do you have on your hard drive? A minimum of 10% of it's capacity is recommended for the smooth running of your Mac. It's also recommended to use an external drive for video editing to prevent unnecessary wear and tear on the internal drive.

    Sorry, don't take this the wrong way, but it would be far better for you to learn how to do this by working through iMovie Help. There are tutorials in there that cover most of what you need to do. All I could do to help would be just copy and paste what's in there.
  5. macrumors newbie

    Thanks for that. To be honest, I find it really hard to understand apple help.
    It may as well be in chinese.
    I have 64% free.
    So it won't save the video if I run out of space?
    Thanks again
  6. macrumors 68030

    Where would it save it to??

    64% free should be OK depending on how big your HDD is. You don't say what format your camcorder records video in, but remember that iMovie converts your video to the Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) or Digital Video(DV), which will take 10-12Gb per hour for standard definition footage.
  7. macrumors newbie

    Ok cool thanks. I thought it might finalise itself before it runs out of space similar to what my cam corder does

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