Duplicate Data from Movies

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by iHailCarlo, Sep 2, 2012.

  1. iHailCarlo macrumors 6502

    Aug 10, 2012
    When you encode a movie/tv series and move it to iTunes for Apple Tv consumption does the data duplicate on the HDD? I'm going through space like fat people go through cookies.
  2. Jim.R macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2012
    Have you got iTunes set to copy the file into it's library? You can check by doing a "Get info" on one of the movie files and checking the path.
    If it's making a copy of the file, you can remove the original.
  3. iHailCarlo thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 10, 2012
    So if the file is copied over I dont need to keep it any longer on HDD in Finder? Also can I pull out of itunes and move it back if I desire?
  4. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    When you add a file to iTunes - whether an audio or video file - iTunes just records a reference in its database that points at the location of the file. If you right click on a file you can choose the option to Show in Finder and it will show you the source file that it is using. iTunes doesn't care where the files are kept - some can be kept on the internal drive, some on an external or NAS - it doesn't matter.

    So the short answer is no, iTunes does not duplicate the file when you add it to your library, and yes, you must keep that source file you see in the Finder.

    Addendum: Your post is a bit ambiguous. If what you mean is you have a source file, say a wmv or DVD rip, and you encode it to a format for iTunes use, then YES, you now have two files - the original source file and the iTunes version. You may discard the original version if you like (but note that quality is generally lost during the conversion, so the source is likely of higher quality).
  5. iHailCarlo thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 10, 2012

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