Forum Question: How Do I Really Archive a Project/Event In iMovie 11?

My problem is this: I have quite a few iMovie 11 Projects and Events on my external drive, having already moved them off the internal drive to save space (roughly 300GB of data). But each time I open iMovie, it takes forever to load, and each interaction takes a very very long time. Even just selecting a clip can take 30 seconds or more!
I have heard that iMovie looks for, and catalogues each Event and Project each time it is opened, and that it constantly try is to create thumbnails for each of these…. and that the best thing to do is ‘delete’ the old files I don’t need any more. The problem is, I’m not sure I will NEVER need them again, I just want to get them out of iMovie’s sight so it will work a bit faster (again).
Can I, should I, just drag the event and project files to another folder on the external drive? Will this really speed up iMovie?

Comments: 3 Responses to “How Do I Really Archive a Project/Event In iMovie 11?”

    2/7/12 @ 4:33 pm

    Try it. Drag the event and project folder to another non-iMovie folder. Then launch iMovie. I do it all the time. I have 500+ episodes of MacMost Now stored in folders where iMovie doesn’t look for them.

      2/8/12 @ 11:17 am

      Maybe a little bit faster, but not much. I have this one project I am working on that has about 8-9 different Events attached. It’s about 6 hours of video being cut down to 1. Could this complexity be the issue? Should I be trying something like Final Cut Pro instead??

        2/8/12 @ 11:28 am

        An hour video is a big project for iMovie. So it could be slow to work with on some Macs. Using other software like FCP may help, but it has to access the same data from the same drives which means it won’t help much.

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