Forum Question: iMovie inputting / viewing files

HI I’m new to Macs, just got my first and having fun. Have inputted video into iMovie 11 and having read the great threads on this website I realise the files go into iMovie 11 randomly. Is there any way to view the files by their file number so I can easily tell which file is first, second and so forth?
At present my footage – all 398 files, go in somewhat randomly.
thanks for any assistance
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SydneyGirl

Comments: 4 Responses to “iMovie inputting / viewing files”

    5/29/11 @ 9:22 am

    When you import video clips into iMovie, they should appear in the event at the bottom sorted by file date. So they should be in chronological order, not random.
    You can tag them with keywords and sort by keyword. You can also create new events and move them into events. Both will help.
    Here’s what I would do. I would import them into iMovie by groups. So instead of importing 398 at a time. i would import 10 or 25 into single event. So then you end up with 20 or so events that break up the library of clips to make it easier to find what you need.

    SydneyGirl
    5/30/11 @ 1:07 am

    Thanks for your advice Gary. The problem I have is when I converted the footage from a SVCHD (??) format the camera records in to .mov format for iMovie 11, the date changes to the date I converted all the files. When I look at the files I have imported into iMovie 11 I get “3D” on the bottom left hand corner of each clip and no other info. Is there a way of importing saying 10 or 25 clips like you suggest in event folders and to get them importing in the right order ie 1, 2, 3 etc.

    I know with other editing programs you can choose to view the clips as either file name only or by small preview clips. Is that possible with iMovie 11?

    Thanks for your assistance, it’s greatly appreciated by this new to Mac user.

      5/30/11 @ 8:56 am

      There’s no way to sort by original filename. Doing it is groups could help. More complex is trying to use some software that allows you to edit the time stamp of videos. I’ve never tried “A Better Finder Attributes” but it is mentioned elsewhere.

    SydneyGirl
    5/31/11 @ 4:12 am

    Thank you so much for your help Gary.

    I like reading your threads and watching your short videos – they have helped me with other aspects of iMovie 11

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