Best way move iMovie to new computer?

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  1. 2ms macrumors 6502

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    Can anyone tell me what the best way to move all my work in iMovie to a new computer is? I've got an MBP with iMovie on it and a bunch of events and projects I've done in the past. I also have a fresh new iMac and a thumb drive. What I would like is to be able to open iMove on the iMac and have everything look like it did on the MBP.

    How do I take everything off my MBP and put it onto my iMac?
     
  2. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    For iMovie10, you need to move the iMovie Library file that should be in your Home Folder>Movies folder. If you're still using iMovie11, then move the iMovie Events and iMovie Projects folders, also in your Movies folder.
     
  3. 2ms thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I actually have iMovie 09. Should I basically just move everything that was in the Movies folder? If so, how to I get it all to work in iMovie 10?
     
  4. 2ms thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I moved all the files in the "Movies" directory from my old computer to the "Movies" directory on my new computer. But when I open iMovie (10) there is nothing shown.

    When I try doing File > "Update Projects and Events" I just get a message that iMovie couldn't find any projects to update.

    I would think it would be very common to move iMovie projects from old computers to new computers and that this would be a fairly simple task. Anyone have any advice for me?
     
  5. tjwilliams25 macrumors 6502

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    It is fairly simple, you just have to point iMovie in the right direction as just putting files in the Movies folder doesn't tell the app that there are files in there. I believe all you have to do is select File>Open>(either Library or Event, whichever that version uses).
     
  6. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    iMovie10 will update/import from iMovie11. I don't know if it does the same from iMovie09.
     

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