Organizing old home movies into iCloud Photo Library?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by rock15478, Apr 19, 2015.

  1. rock15478 macrumors member

    Feb 8, 2007
    So I have an old camcorder in which I used to import all of the old footage into iMovie. In the early days, if you looked into the Package Contents of these folders, it showed .dv files. In the newer versions of iMovie, it just showed .mov files.

    I currently am paying for 200GB of iCloud storage space and have been playing around with iCloud Photo Library and the new Photos app. I really do enjoy how all of my photos/videos are available anywhere and very seamlessly.

    Since I don't do much editing of the old home videos and basically just want to be able to "watch" the videos, it seems pretty pointless keeping a lot of this footage in iMovie. For kicks, I took one of the .mov files (buried in my iMovie events folder structure) and dragged it into Photos app. Sure enough, it seems to play back fine and goes to my other devices as well.

    My question is - does this seem like a suitable workflow for enjoying home videos? Is anyone else considering using iCloud Photo Library as the primary "place" for home videos? It definitely makes since for current iPhone videos but I'm just wondering if anyone else is considering this for older home videos as well.

    It's a bit confusing whether I should be managing these files in iMovie, iTunes, or Photos. Again, I don't do much editing - just want to be able to enjoy watching the actual content.

    Thanks for any advice!
  2. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    I feel like you're going to run out of iCloud space pretty quickly that way.

    There is no perfect solution for home movies in the Apple ecosystem. A long time ago I decided to make them a "TV show" in iTunes and give each season the year number. So I'm currently adding to season 2015 of the show right now.

    At some point Apple introduced a 'Home Movies' category into iTunes but I decided to keep labeling them as a TV show. I find it offers more options for making choices when syncing to devices so that's what I'm going to stick with.
  3. ColdCase macrumors 68030

    Feb 10, 2008
    Many folks have been using a private account at Youtube or Vimeo for videos that you want to share or view anywhere. I'm sure there are others, perhaps flickr. How much space on your Hard Drives does the videos use ? If less than 200GB, then iCloud should work.

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