iMovie event footage backup and restore

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by stevol, Jun 1, 2010.

  1. stevol macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2008

    Like many of us nowadays, I own an AVCHD camcorder which works very well with iMovie other than the fact that the AIC files that iMovie creates are huge. This has prompted me to dedicate a firewire 800 external hard drive just for these files. I have my project files on my iMac internal hard drive, and the event files on my external firewire drive. All is fine and dandy, however I am wondering how to backup this external drive knowing that drives don't last forever.

    My biggest concern is not only how to back it up, but really will a restore on a new drive actually work? The reason I ask is that the iMovie project files have instructions to point to the specific event files on the external drive. But if the external drive dies and a new one replaces it, how will the project files know where to point to? Would an exact clone of the original drive work (such as with SuperDuper)? Would it need to be given the same name as the original drive? What about a Time Machine restore on a new drive? Would that work, and if so, does the new drive also need the same name? Does the clone or new drive need to be Firewire 800 (same as my original) for iMovie to think it's the same? And if I want to buy a bigger drive at some point, I suppose I would need to migrate the event files from within iMovie, rather than through the Finder, right? I believe iMovie does this well, but if you go through the Finder, you're in trouble with iMovie?

    I have backed up my original SD cards from the camcorder separately as disk images, but I would not want to have to reimport all the footage and then recreate all my projects (last resort)!

    Thanks in advance. I hope I made myself clear.
  2. Brian33 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 30, 2008
    USA (Virginia)
    I hope you get some replies, because I have the same setup as you (except I have a MiniDV camcorder) and I have all the same questions.

    I'm using iMovie 08 and OS X 10.6.3 and currently backing up the event files with Time Machine.

    Someone please enlighten us!


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