iMovie '11: Event library too big?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Mobile923, May 1, 2012.

  1. Mobile923 macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2007
    New York, NY
    I'm editing a project on iMovie '11, on a 2011 MBP 13"... It's a horror film I shot all on VHS about 10 years ago, totaling to 12 tapes used for production. I captured all of the footage (which took a good couple of days!) and now I have 12 hour-and-a-half videos.

    Half way through the capture process, I had the first 6 videos in the event library that I began editing and iMovie was fine... Then, after I imported the remaining videos into the same event, iMovie came to a screeching halt. Couldn't play back video in the timeline or anything.

    I separated the videos in to 5 different events (Tapes 1/2, Tapes 3/5, etc...) and iMovie seems to have cleared up, but still chokes a bit.

    Would moving the events to an external HDD help iMovie run smooth again? Or should I have made these video captures shorter than 1.5 hours a piece?
  2. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    Having your Events on an external drive is certainly a good idea. The constant backwards and forwards, that editing involves, on your internal drive is not a good idea.

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