iMovie (2013): Import media on your computer

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Import media on your computer

You can import media—video, audio, photos, and graphics files—from your computer’s hard disk, a connected external storage device, a memory card inserted in your computer’s card slot or a card reader, or a hard disk on your home or business computer network. You can import media using the Import window or by dragging files from the Finder.

Import media using the Import window

  1. If the media you want to import is on an external storage device or a memory card, connect the device to your computer and turn it on.

  2. Click the Import button in the toolbar.

    Figure. Import window in the toolbar.
  3. In the Devices section of the Import window sidebar, select your computer’s hard disk or the connected external storage device or memory card from which you want to import media.

    The contents of the disk or device appear in a list at the bottom of the Import window. You can select clips individually in list view, and a preview of the clip appears at the top of the Import window.

    Figure. Import window showing media available to import.
    • To change which hard disk to import from: Select a hard disk in the Devices section, or select a location in the Favorites section.

    • To sort clips in list view by data such as duration, creation date, size, and so on: Click the column headings at the top of list view.

    • To add folders of frequently used media to the Favorites section: Drag a folder from the list on the right to the Favorites section on the left.

      To remove a folder from the Favorites section, Control-click the folder, and choose Remove from Sidebar from the shortcut menu.

    • To add a folder to list view by dragging: Drag the folder from the Finder to list view, and then browse its contents in list view.

    Tip:   Command-click to select multiple files or folders to import.
  4. To preview video, move the pointer left and right across a movie thumbnail in the Import window. For more information, see Skim video.

  5. To control preview playback, position the pointer over the preview in the top portion of the Import window, and do any of the following:

    Figure. Import window playback controls.
    • To play or pause the selected clip: Click the Play button (or press the Space bar).

    • To go to the next or previous item: Click the Next button or the Previous button.

      Note:   If you’re at or near the end of the selected clip, you can click the Previous button to return to the start of the clip.
    • To fast-forward: Position the pointer on the Next button, and hold down the mouse or trackpad button.

    • To rewind: Position the pointer on the Previous button, and hold down the mouse or trackpad button.

  6. Do one of the following:

    • To choose an existing event to contain the imported media: Choose the event from the “Import to” pop-up menu at the top of the Import window.

      Figure. "Import to" pop-up menu.
    • To create a new event to contain the imported media: Choose New Event from the “Import to” pop-up menu, type a name for the new event, and press Return.

    To learn more about events, see Organize your events and projects.

  7. Do one of the following:

    • To import all clips: Click Import All.

    • To import only some of the clips: Select the clips you want to import by Command-clicking each clip, and then click Import Selected (the Import button changes its name).

    • To cancel import: Click Close.

    The Import window closes, and you can begin working with your clips in the browser. iMovie imports your media in the background.

Tip:   If you have any camera archives that you created with earlier versions of iMovie, you can import them using this method.

Import media by dragging it from the Finder

Select a file, Command-click to select multiple files, or select a folder of files, and drag the file or files from the Finder to the event in the Libraries list in iMovie.

The clip or clips appear in the event.

Published Date: Mar 23, 2018