Extracting complete movie from iMovie package contents?

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  1. irishjpm153 macrumors newbie

    Nov 17, 2007
    I've been working with iMovie 5.0.2 lately to splice together clips of historical shows that I have on my computer. It is great for cropping them to the right moments, but I find that it takes forever to import film and then to share a movie, not to mention the unwieldy size of the final product. I learned the trick of dragging the clips directly into the media folder of a project, but I still have a problem with exporting the final product. It takes forever, and unless I choose a format exceeding a gigabyte, the quality is rather poor.

    On to my question: in the package contents of an iMovie project, there is a folder called Shared Movies, then a subfolder named iDVD. I have found a high quality format of my movie there, and it is much smaller in size. While I have noticed that it relies on the individual clips in the Media folder, I can't help but think that its size would be much smaller overall if I were to somehow free it from relying on the clips, as the size of the entire project is under 300 mb. Any suggestions on how to get this movie free of the other clips?

    I greatly appreciate any help.
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
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    If that clip you found is not relying (meaning it is a reference) on your clips in the media folder, what footage would it have?

    Also what kind of settings did you use to export your sequence and how long is the sequence at all.

    1GB is not much depending on what codec you use. The DV codec could store just a little above 4 minutes in 1GB, but the H264 codec could store an hour or two in there, depending on the resolution and frame rate.

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