Home made movies disappeared from iMovie app on Apple TV!!

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by edavt04, Jan 21, 2018.

  1. edavt04, Jan 21, 2018
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    edavt04 macrumors member

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    I just made a new home movie using iMovie and uploaded to iCloud. All my 21 movies typically are displayed in iMovie app on my apple TV (I think it's 1st or 2nd generation). I wanted to watch the mew movie using Apple TV, but the message on the screen says: "Projects that you create with iMovie and share to theater will automatically appear here". WHERE ARE MY MOVIES?!?!?!?!?

    Been on hold with Apple for 1 hour and 5 min now (as I am typing this message).
    To get away from iMovie app on Apple TV, are there any other apps I can use to watch my home movies on TV?
     
  2. mpainesyd, Jan 22, 2018
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    mpainesyd macrumors 6502a

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    You can copy (or copy a link to) the movies to iTunes on a Mac then access them via the Computers app on ATV. However in this process iTunes defaults imported videos to “home movies”. You may prefer to use the “get info” function to change this to “flims”and assign a genre.
     
  3. edavt04 thread starter macrumors member

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    How do I do that? I am not very iTunes savvy...
     
  4. WishIWasHere macrumors regular

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    In iTunes, you hit Command + I, then click on the Options tab. There's a drop down menu that lets you change the type of media.
     
  5. edavt04 thread starter macrumors member

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    Very cool, it WORKED!!
    Now, how many home videos do I have space for? I think I am paying 99cents/month for 50GBfor iCloud sotrage. If my home videos exceed 50GB will I be notified to purchase more storage so my home movies don't disappear?
     
  6. mpainesyd macrumors 6502a

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    You can store the actual video files on an external hard disk/SSD and just link to them from iTunes. Just make sure that "Copy files to iTunes Media folder..." is unchecked - see below. This is the Advanced tab for iTunes Preferences:

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    Then select File/Add to Library from the iTunes menu bar (top of screen), navigate to the disk/folder with the video files. You can "open" the whole folder or select your file and click Open. These videos should then appear in iTunes under Films/Home Videos. You can select some or all files and Command-I (or right click your mouse) to bring up the Info window. Select the Options tab and set Media Kind to "Film". Next click the Details tab and choose a genre (eg Action & adventure). Then click Ok. The selected videos should then appear in your iTunes library as films.

    This method should not use any iCloud storage. The video files are only stored locally. And if you use this method to link iTunes to files on an external hard disk it won't fill up your computer's hard disk. BTW - my instructions are for a Mac but iTunes on a PC should work in the same way.
     
  7. edavt04 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you very much for your detailed reply!! My goal is to watch the home videos on my big screen Smart TV using home sharing option of iTunes. If I were to keep the actual files on external hard drive/SSD, then I need to have the external hard drive/SSD plugged into my Mac, right?

    And if I were NOT to check the advanced feature "Copy files to iTunes Media Folder when adding to library", then all my videos will be taking up space on my Macbook's hard drive, right? And since all those movies are in iMovie's Home Theatre on my Mac, then they will be taking up double space, right?
     
  8. mpainesyd macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, yes & yes!
    You should be able to use the same method to link iTunes to the Home Theater files on your Mac and so avoid duplicate files. You can have multiple sources of video files in this way - some link to an external hard drive (which could be a network drive such as Time Capsule) and others link to files in folders on your Mac.

    I don’t use Home Theater. I found it easier to just manage all my video content via iTunes on the Mac.
     
  9. edavt04 thread starter macrumors member

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    thank you very much for your detailed reply :)
     
  10. Happyfeet47 macrumors newbie

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    Hello! I’m having the same problem you have stated! Did you ever get an answer or a solution from Apple?
     
  11. timo_k82 macrumors newbie

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    I have the same problem. All movies are availabe on iPhone, iPad and MacBook Pro, but not on the Apple TV 4K. I deleted all videos in the theater, but I still have the same problem. It would help to reply, if anyone has the same problem. My hope decreases, that an update from Apple helps in this case... It seems, on the internet nobody has the same problem. I only found it in this forum...
     

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