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    Changing the iMovie "movie projects" path
    I don't want iMovie (08 or HD) to create a 'iMovie Projects' folder in the / User / Movies path whenever I edit my clips. I want to edit my movie projects out of a /User/'Film Editing' path. How do I do that and stop iMovie from creating the same stupid folder every time it boots? Thx.

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    As far as I know you can not change it. Also keep in mind that three folders in the Movies folder are used for iM08. You are fighting the system.

    You could likely use Unix links to trick iMovie to use your folder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xstep View Post
    As far as I know you can not change it. Also keep in mind that three folders in the Movies folder are used for iM08. You are fighting the system.

    You could likely use Unix links to trick iMovie to use your folder.
    Changing where my movie projects folder is stored is not really "fighting the system", but what do you mean "unix links"?? sounds interesting. I'm familiar with intermediate unix/linux coding. Could I use terminal to change that default path?

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    The problem is that other movie editing software will have to save all the folders in that same folder, too. But I guess if just stick with 08 then it's not that much of a problem

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    You are fighting the system because iM08 is limited when placing content. It is the whole 'Apple knows best' issue. Beyond your home Movies folder, it can also place content onto external drives at the top level in an 'iMovie Events' folder.

    Also note that iM08 looks at those directories as a library. Placing other content in them manually isn't likely advisable.

    You didn't mention 'another' editor before, but it might be possible to share the iMovie content with it. Maybe. I think this dangerous though because if either application alters the file, who knows what will happen the other application.

    Unix links are pointers to real files or folders that appear as a file or folder when referenced from the system, such as the Finder. In Terminal do a; man ln.

    To link a folder; ln -s <remoteRealFolder> <linkname>

    A link is kind of like a Finder Alias. Don't try Finder aliases for this purpose though.

    Lastly an internet search turn up this trick which I think might require QuickTime Pro.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xstep View Post
    You are fighting the system because iM08 is limited when placing content. It is the whole 'Apple knows best' issue. Beyond your home Movies folder, it can also place content onto external drives at the top level in an 'iMovie Events' folder.

    Also note that iM08 looks at those directories as a library. Placing other content in them manually isn't likely advisable.

    You didn't mention 'another' editor before, but it might be possible to share the iMovie content with it. Maybe. I think this dangerous though because if either application alters the file, who knows what will happen the other application.

    Unix links are pointers to real files or folders that appear as a file or folder when referenced from the system, such as the Finder. In Terminal do a; man ln.

    To link a folder; ln -s <remoteRealFolder> <linkname>

    A link is kind of like a Finder Alias. Don't try Finder aliases for this purpose though.

    Lastly an internet search turn up this trick which I think might require QuickTime Pro.

    xstep,
    Great link-find. That provided the resouces I needed to solve this dilemea or at the very least make major head-way in resolving it. Thanks for taking the time to genuinely provide specific refences to this thread. I appreciate your wisdom.
    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by xstep View Post
    You are fighting the system because iM08 is limited when placing content. It is the whole 'Apple knows best' issue. Beyond your home Movies folder, it can also place content onto external drives at the top level in an 'iMovie Events' folder.

    Also note that iM08 looks at those directories as a library. Placing other content in them manually isn't likely advisable.

    You didn't mention 'another' editor before, but it might be possible to share the iMovie content with it. Maybe. I think this dangerous though because if either application alters the file, who knows what will happen the other application.

    Unix links are pointers to real files or folders that appear as a file or folder when referenced from the system, such as the Finder. In Terminal do a; man ln.

    To link a folder; ln -s <remoteRealFolder> <linkname>

    A link is kind of like a Finder Alias. Don't try Finder aliases for this purpose though.

    Lastly an internet search turn up this trick which I think might require QuickTime Pro.
    Thanks for the ln reference. I'm familiar with that command from linux and am interested in using more unix commands wiht mac os. But why provide all the fancy unix ln commands (other than that being WAY more cool and interesting than simple finder alias), why not just make a finder alias? My mind isn't totally grappling this problem as it was earlier so I'm not as invested as the details of the dilemma. Such is the way with delays in answers.

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    Both aliases and links have there problems. I happen to trust links because I've used them for more than 10 years while my knowledge of aliases is limited and have seen people complain about limitations.

    Here are a couple of links you can read about them. Link1, Link2.

    I'm really not sure if one is better than the other for your purpose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xstep View Post
    Both aliases and links have there problems. I happen to trust links because I've used them for more than 10 years while my knowledge of aliases is limited and have seen people complain about limitations.

    Here are a couple of links you can read about them. Link1, Link2.

    I'm really not sure if one is better than the other for your purpose.
    xstep,
    Sweet.
    Great references on links. Thoe are just a whole lot cooler than aliases. I'll see which ones work best though. That provided the resouces I needed to solve this dilemea or at the very least make major head-way in resolving it. Thanks for taking the time to genuinely provide specific refences to this thread. I appreciate your wisdom.

    Thanks!

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