How to Copy or Move iMovie Projects to an External Hard Disk?
iMovie is a fantastically easy-to-use video editor for YouTubers who enjoy putting their creations on YouTube. I personally like this tool; simply drag and drop your clips into the timeline, move them around, edit them and hit share to export the output file in a variety of formats.
If you are into making Youtube Videos, then you might quibble with the storage in MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, i.e., the 256GB SSD does not provide ample storage for video production work. So the best thing to do is to create or move iMovie project to an external drive. Here we will show you steps to copy or move a project to an external hard disk or USB flash drive.
Step 1- Connect your external hard drive or flash drive. Note- Make sure the connected external hard disk is in Fat32 file format. If your external drive is NTFS-formatted, your Mac OSx won’t be able to write changes to it. To enable NTFS write support natively for Mac OS X, then we recommend you to use programs such as Paragon NTFS for Mac or Tuxer NTFS for Mac. We, however, recommend you to use a FAT32-formatted hard disk.
Step 2- Open iMovie. Now you need to create a new library on your external drive. To do this, go to File> Open Library> New.
Step3 – As you click on “New”, you will need to choose your destination to create this new library. You should choose the external drive as the destination for this new library. In our example, we are creating a library named “Youtube Videos External HDD”.
Step 4 – Ok, so you have successfully created the new library on the external drive. Go to Projects tab in iMovie. You will see a drop-down next to search bar, and from here you can easily switch between iMovie libraries and you will see all the video projects stored in a library.
Step 5 – Its really easy to move or copy video projects from the iMovie Default library to the new library on an external drive. All you need to do is hover your mouse cursor on any video that you see in your iMovie Library (default library), and then you will see these 3 dots below the video thumbnail. Click on those 3 dots to get options to move or copy the file to another library in the external drive, i.e. “Youtube Videos External HDD”. After few seconds, your project files will be copied/moved to the new library on an external drive.
That’s all folks!