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Saving iMovie Files To The TSC Drive

REQUESTING STORAGE SPACE

It may take up to 48 hours to create your storage space, so please be sure you request space before you need to start your project.

 

If you're working on a project for a class (ex: Spanish Digital Storytelling), your professor will request the space for you.

 

BACKING UP / SAVING YOUR IMOVIE PROJECT TO THE TSC DRIVE: 

NOTE: if you have not set up TSC Storage Space, you will need to do so before backing up your iMovie project.

IMOVIE FOLDERS:

iMovie will autosave all of its data into the user's Movies folder. You will notice that there are two key folders when working with iMovie... the iMovie Events folder and the iMovie Projects folder. Each of these folders has a specific purpose for iMovie, and cannot be moved, renamed, or deleted or your iMovie project will stop working.

IMOVIE EVENTS:

The iMovie Events folder contains all of the video files you've imported into your project.

NOTE: iMovie projects that contain only still images will not have an iMovie Events folder. Only projects where you import video will have this folder.

IMOVIE PROJECTS:

The iMovie Projects folder will contain the actual project files.
 

OTHER FOLDERS:

If you have other project folders with images, etc, these must be copied to the TSC Drive too. If you need help with this process, please see the TSC Lab Assistant.

 

BACKING UP

If you have already requested TSC Storage Space, you can double click the Launch TSC Drive icon on the desktop of the iMacs in the TSC Lab in BAC C107. For instructions on how to request storage space, and how to connect to the TSC Drive, check out this wiki article.

  • Double-click the "Launch TSC Drive" icon on the desktop
     
  • Enter your EagleNet password
     
  • Choose the project folder you want to work on. If you're only working with one project at a time, your current project will automatically launch on the desktop after entering your password (skip to next step).
     
  • Double-click on your project drive on the desktop to open the folder.

And that's all you have to do to launch the drive! Now lets look at how to save your iMovie project files to the TSC Drive server so you can work on them later...

  • With one finder window open and displaying your TSC Drive space, click on File, New Finder Window to open a new window. 
  • In the new window, click on the Movies folder in the left-hand sidebar.
  • You should now have two windows open side-by-side. Simply drag the iMovie Events and iMovie Project folders to your storage space on the TSC Drive. 

Before copying your files:

After copying your files:

  • If you used any photos or audio files for your project, you'll need to move those to the TSC drive as well. After you've saved all work to the TSC Drive, your project folder should look similar to the example below:

That's it! Your project has been successfully backed-up to the TSC Drive! You can now access your files from any iMac in the lab - and if you're working in a group, your group members can access the files too! 

If you want to give group members access to your files, send an email to Harris Cauler (TSC Project Developer).

RESTORING - HOW TO OPEN YOUR PROJECT FROM ANOTHER COMPUTER

Now lets take a look at how you can access the files we saved to the TSC drive from another computer in the lab... It's the same process, just in reverse! Instead of copying from the computer to the TSC drive, you'll copy the files from the TSC drive to the Movies folder on the computer.

  • Launch the TSC drive by double-clicking the icon on the desktop.
  • Go to Finder then File, New Finder Window to open a new window. 
  • Click on the Movies folder in the left-hand sidebar. 
  • Now drag the files from the TSC drive to the Movies folder. 
    If there's already an iMovie Events and iMovie Projects folder, you can click "Replace All" - this will delete the old version of your project saved on the computer with the latest version that you've saved to the TSC Drive.

If you are nervous about this step, or would like assistance restoring your files, please don't hesitate to ask the TSC Lab Assistant.