Editing video located on an external HD in iMovie?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by MacsomJRR, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. MacsomJRR macrumors 6502a


    Jul 8, 2003
    San Diego
    Is it possible to edit HD movie files located on an external HD without importing them onto my computer? I'm using a MBA with limited HD space. My external is quite a bit larger and is connected via a thunderbolt cable. Any help or suggestions would be very much appreciated.

  2. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    Yes, that's the recommended way as it prevents excess wear and tear and your internal drive due to the constant read/write activity during the editing process.

    When you import into iMovie(don't know about Final Cut etc, but they should have a similar option), choose to save the Event to your external drive.
  3. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California

    It will work fine on the external drive. But if the internal drive os FLASH then it will work faster on the internal drive. Then later after you are done move everything off to make more room

    In the days before FLASH drives everyone had to put the video on an external because it was faster,

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