iMovie 09 - not enough HDD space....?

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  1. AmbaGambla macrumors newbie

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    Hi
    I've been sent some video (on an external HDD) which I need to edit and create into a DVD (156GB unedited video) - obviously there isn't enough space on my laptop to download and edit all of this.

    I was hoping that I would be able to work on it section by section (deleting what I didn't need as I went along), but this doesn't seem to be the case, so I was then hoping to be able to work directly from the external HDD.

    I've found the drive, but it has a little exclamation mark (like here http://www.unlockingimovie.com/2009/06/quick-tip-external-hard-drives-and.html) next to it..... is my only option to to copy the data elsewhere, reformat the external drive and copy it back.

    Even if I do this, will I be able to work on the data directly from the external drive in iMovie - it is a usb 2.0 connection and a Western Digital external drive - will the connection be fast enough?

    I hope this makes sense - I'm a recent PC convert, but I'm working to a tight schedule on this project

    Thanks for any help!
     
  2. pilotrtc macrumors regular

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    Probably too late given your tight deadline, however...

    While looking for an answer to another question, I spotted yours.

    I can answer at least one of your questions: You can put all video content on an external hard drive and work with it via iMovie 08 or 09. In fact, the moderator of the workshops I attended at Apple recommends it so you don't blow out your computer's hard drive with all the scrubbing you have to do.
     
  3. bmcgonag macrumors 65816

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    He's right, you can work on it from the external drive, but in '09 at least, make sure that once you create the initial iMovie project, you move it from you Home/Movies folder to the external HDD that you want to work from, it will continue to grow there in your Home/Movies folder, and get very large very quickly.
     

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