Managing a Video Library On Your Mac

Instead of storing your videos in the Photos app with your pictures, consider storing them as files in a folder in the Finder. You can place this folder on your iCloud Drive, on your local drive only, or on an external drive. You can organize them using file names, subfolders, tags and comments. You can use the Gallery view to look through your videos almost as if they were in a special video management app.

Comments: 10 Responses to “Managing a Video Library On Your Mac”

    Carlos Rivera
    1 month ago

    I do something similar. I keep my videos in a separate Photos library on an external drive which is not synced to the cloud. This way I can use some of the built in features like keywords, smart albums, etc. This library is included in my time machine backup but as mentioned not using iCloud space.

    Debbie
    1 month ago

    Doesn’t exporting videos from the Photos app change the original date to the current date? That would be a problem for me.

    Tom Abbott
    1 month ago

    I have been importing my photos and videos into the Photos app. How do I extract the videos out of the Photos library so that I can put them in their own folder as you discussed in this video?

    Ruud
    1 month ago

    My Photos library consists of many small videos that are between 10 seconds or 1 minute long. They are taken on my iPhone and imported in Photos together with my pictures. For example during my last holiday I took 76 of those short clips. I kind of see them as part of the media I created on my holiday. Do you also exclude these from your Photos Library? One disadvantage of that would be that you cannot add some of these videos in a photo album that you create from your holiday.

    1 month ago

    Debbie and Tom: File, Export, Export Unmodified Original.

    1 month ago

    Ruud: I don’t include those in my Photos Library. But you don’t have to do the same as me. Do what makes the most sense for how you like things.

    Gene
    1 month ago

    Good questions. They helped me. I do have another: In your response to Debbie and Tom you said Export. Does that mean there will be 2 copies? One in Photos and one in Finder folder. Is there a way to automate deleting them from Photos?

    1 month ago

    Gene: Ideally, you want to never import them into Photos in the first place. But if you have them there already, you can select a bunch, export, and then delete the selection. Or, create an album, add everything to it. Export everything in the album. Then delete everything in the album too.

    Dirk
    1 month ago

    So, any video taken with my iPhone X will automatically go into my Photos Library? And then I must physically relocate to Finder or my choice. I really like this idea, but just need to understand it better. Thanks for all your posts- very helpful and appreciated!

    1 month ago

    Dirk: If you are using iCloud Photos, then yes, you take a video with your iPhone, then it goes automatically into your library. Then what I’m suggesting may be good for some people is that they then move those out of the library into a videos folder on their Mac. Then your library is photos only, and your videos are all in a folder. It works well for me because I take mostly photos. If you take a lot of video, it may not be ideal for you.

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