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  How To Clear Disk Space in iMovie Posted by Jamie on April 30, 2019Movies take up a lot of disk space and no matter how much you have, you will alwaysuse it up. If youre a prolific creator then youre going to see the Not Enough � � � Disk Space prompt at some point or another. If you see it, this tutorial will show � you a couple of ways to clear disk space in iMovie ready for your next production.The full message will reason something like Not Enough Disk Space. There is not � enough disk space available at the selected destination. Please choose another one or clear some space. �  The average movie folder can be anything from 1GB to 100GB in HD depending on length and how many cuts or revisions you have made. The end movie is only likely to be between 4-5GB in 1080p while the rest is left over cuts, code and files that you wont need once your production is complete. This is the ideal place to start � when clearing disk space in iMovie.CLEAR DISK SPACE IN IMOVIEThere are a few ways you can clear disk space in iMovie. Most can be done from within the program itself. If youre using iMovie 10.1.3 and higher, try this: � Open iMovie and select Preferences.Select Delete by Render Files.Confirm deletion.Depending on how much you use iMovie, this could clear dozens of gigabytes of disk space or more. Its a very simple way of clearing out the trash from the program � and making space for the next project.You can manually delete files if you prefer to have more control.Open Finder and /Movies.Right click iMovie Library and select Show Package Contents.Navigate to Render Files and delete anything you dont need. � You can delete the entire Render Files folder if you prefer as iMovie will create anew one when you begin a new project. If you want to keep some of the files for future use, just open the folder and delete what you dont want to keep. Either � way, the result should be that you now have a lot more free disk space.If youre the Terminal type, use find ~/Movies/iMovie\ Library.imovielibrary -path � � */Render Files -type d -exec rm -r {} + and hit Enter to achieve the same thing. � � � CLEAR DISK SPACE ON A MACThe above methods will work fine if youre a regular iMovie user and have lots of � old files laying around. But what if youre new to iMovie and just have lots of � stuff on your Mac? Youre going to need to clean out general disk space to enable � you to use iMovie properly.First, lets see what is using your disk space. �  Open the Apple menu and select About This Mac.Select Storage to see your disks.Select Manage for some options.You should see a graphical representation of your disk usage where you can see how much storage you have used and how much you have free. Presumably, if youre seeing � low disk space messages, you wont have much available space. � When you select Manage, you have some options. Optimize Storage is useful if you watch a lot of TV or movies using iTunes. Empty Trash Automatically is useful if you dont often delete files by accident while Reduce clutter is okay if you dont � � mind Apple deciding what documents are important or not.Also:Check Downloads and delete anything you have downloaded that you no longer need.Check Mail and select Erase Deleted Items and In All Accounts and Mailbox.Select iPhoto and Empty iPhoto Trash.Select Applications and delete any you no longer need.Clear Safaris cache by selecting Reset Safari from its menu. � Clean your system cache in /Library/Caches and ~ /Library/Caches.Clear the Logs folder.Delete any iPhone backups you no longer need from iTunes.Delete duplicated files by using Finder and Show Duplicate Items.By the time you have worked through this list you should now have a decent amount of disk space free. It should be more than enough to use iMovie and anything else you need. If youre still using up too much disk space, its time to think about � � buying a larger disk or using an external drive.MOVE THE IMOVIE LIBRARY TO EXTERNAL DRIVEIf youre still struggling to find disk space, you may like to move the iMovie � library onto an external drive. That way you can do what you like with the app without impacting your Mac storage.Connect your external drive and format as MacOS Extended (Journaled) if necessary.Open Finder and select File and Get Info.Select the checkbox by Ignore ownership on this volume in Sharing & Permissions. � � Navigate back to Finder and select Go and then Home.Open the Movies folder and move the iMovie Library folder to the external drive.Double click to open it in iMovie to make sure everything is present.Delete the srcinal iMovie Library folder on your internal drive.Thats all there is to it! �

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Sep 11, 2019
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