4.7. Managing Project Files
In the iMovie HD era, your movie may appear on the hard drive in one of two formats.
You can read more about this distinction later in the chapter. But first, the basics of opening, switching, and converting movie projects.
4.7.1. Starting a New Project
To start a new project after you've been editing another one, choose File
4.7.2. Switching Projects
To open a different iMovie Project, you can choose either of two routes:
In each case, if you've worked on the current movie but haven't saved the changes yet, iMovie asks you whether you'd like to save them or not. Click Save or Don't Save, as appropriate.
Tip: If you're a keyboard-shortcut fan, you can press -D instead of clicking Don't Save.
After a moment, the new movie's clips appear on the screen, and you're ready to go.
4.8. Converting Older Projects
Now, even if you click OK, your old iMovie project
doesn't get turned into the new-style, single-icon project
as described earlier. Instead, iMovie HD
For example, suppose you try to open an iMovie 4 project called Cruise. You get the message shown in Figure 4-14. You click OK.
When the conversion is finished, you still have a document inside called Cruise. That's your new iMovie HD project file, the one you should double-click the
Your converted project folder also contains a copy of the old, untouched original, now called Vacation. iMovie2Project. That's a backup copy of your original, which iMovie HD thought fully deposits there just in case.
Note: Be careful, in the future, not to open the Vacation. iMovie2Project document by mistake. If you try, iMovie will offer to convert it to iMovie HD format again, you'll spin out a second backup copy, and you'll
So what if you
want iMovie to convert the old project folder into the new-style, single-icon document? After you've opened it up, choose File
Save Project As. Type a