Did iPhoto an iVideo duplicate my libraries?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by FiremanMike, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. FiremanMike macrumors regular

    Jan 26, 2011
    Granted I didn't pay very meticulous attention after importing my videos and pictures into iVideo and iPhoto, but after looking at my HDD free space before and then later, I feel like iPhoto and iVideo duplicated my libraries somehow. Is this the case? Is this fixable?



    iMovie.. first mac..
  2. BlackbookGuy macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2012

    If you had your movies and pictures in the folders called Movies and Pictures in Finder, then yes, they were copied (not moved) from Finder into the iMovie and iPhoto folders. If you had 30gb in Finder and imported those into iPhoto, then your media was "doubled" and there are now two separate copies of the same pics on different parts of your HDD.

    The iLife folders are hidden and separate from your media in other places on your computer. The downside is this will double the amount of HDD space your media takes up if you import from your camera into Finder and then import that into iPhoto/iMovie. You can just import straight into the iLife apps, which will prevent the doubling of files. This is convenient and apparently easy to do.

    BUT, I still like having control over the files and the way the are stored and etc. I use Automator to batch rename/move media files, so I don't want iPhoto to import directly from my camera. I like importing into the appropriate Finder folders then renaming and sorting, then moving things into iLife apps. Its about control and ease of locating/moving files around for me. For me, having my pics in Pictures in Finder is reassuring in that if I ever want to quit using iPhoto and move my pics to another app, I can just copy my Pictures folder to any storage device, quickly and easily.

    I am not aware of any other way of preventing this doubling of storage space used other than importing directly to iLife apps from your camera, and avoiding Finder. Once you are sure iPhoto has all the pics you imported, you could delete the pics from your Pictures folder. Even if you edit photos in iPhoto, it keeps the original intact and you can revert to it, so no worries in that regard.

    Hope that helps.
  3. FiremanMike thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 26, 2011
    That is actually what I was looking for. After having posted this I located a file called "iPhoto library" or something like that and figured it was that. I guess I could delete all the pictures, seems like a scary prospect though :)

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