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Maintain both original and optimized footage in iMovie
Authored by: slchorne on Feb 22, '11 11:10:25AM

Another trick is to create your own 'reduced' version for faster editing.
- Copy the file to you hard disk
- Use a 3rd party tool like handbrake to create a tiny res (150x100) version of the movie
- Import and optimize that file. (the optimise step will be super fast)
- Do all your editing using the tiny file and you will get super fast scrubbing even on a slow mac.

Then, when you are ready to render the final product, use the finder to swap out the tiny-res file with the original hi-res version (use the same file name).

iMovie doesn't seem to notice/care that the image size in the file has changed, and it will cut you an edit in high-res.



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Maintain both original and optimized footage in iMovie
Authored by: Unsoluble on Feb 23, '11 10:37:15AM

Great tip for anyone using iMovie on a computer that can't handle even the 960x540 versions. Although I can't imagine putting myself through that kind of suffering to begin with :)



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