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What happens when iPhoto doesn’t export movies? One of two things, you re-install iPhoto and risk losing the movies and photos; or you drop down to the Terminal level and move the files manually before re-installing iPhoto.
Option one is easy, you open iPhoto, choose File from menu, and Export… from the File menu list. When you get to the dialog, change it Kind value to original. If everything is working, you should be able to double click the exported file in a Finder window and launch the program with QuickTime Player.
It’s important to know how to use option two when you’ve copied the movies from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, and then deleted them. At this point, all you have is a recovery option from your local MacBook, MacBook Pro, or iMac to a safe folder (or command-line directory) before updating iPhoto.
This is how you perform option two:
- Open Finder and navigate to your user’s home directory, left click on Pictures, and then right click on iPhoto Library and choose Open With option from the first floating menu then Terminal on the context (or second) floating menu.
- In the Terminal window, a
pwdcommand will show you the following directory for a user with the name
- Again in the Terminal window, type a
lscommand will show you the following directory structure:
AlbumData.xml Info.plist Projects.db Attachments Library.data ThemeCache Auto Import Library.iPhoto Thumbnails Backup Library6.iPhoto iLifeShared Caches Masters iPhotoAux.db Contents Modified iPhotoLock.data Data Originals iPhotoMain.db Data.noindex Previews Database ProjectDBVersion.plist
- In the Terminal window, change directory to the
Originalsdirectory with this syntax from the previous directory:
- The directory structure can differ because of changes over time. The following is a snapshot example from 2012:
Jun 15, 2012 Jun 21, 2012 Jun 24, 2012 Jul 21, 2012 Sep 3, 2012 Jun 18, 2012 Jun 22, 2012 Jul 4, 2012 Aug 14, 2012 Oct 20, 2012 Jun 19, 2012 Jun 23, 2012 Jul 7, 2012 Aug 24, 2012 Nov 21, 2012
- Change to any of the preceding directories, and copy the
*.MOVfiles to new directory. I’ve elected to copy the files to the following directory or the
someuserhome directory (you can make the directory using the GUI Finder interface):
While the directory structure can differ because of changes in iPhone versions over time. Once you change into one of subdirectories of the
Originals directory, you can move all of the movie files from one of the subdirectories with this command to the
cp *.MOV ~someuser/MovieBackup
It’s possible to move all your files by scripting a more elegant Bash file. As always, I hope this helps those who encounter the problem.
Back in June, I considered replacing my iPhone with an HTC Evo.. I didn’t do it then for two reasons. The battery life of the Evo was too short to make it worthwhile and the cost wasn’t too different. My son Joseph’s passionate sentiments for everything Apple and his membership on the family plan helped dissuade me.
When I dropped my son from the family program, AT&T took all my accumulated minutes away. Truly, it was not a customer centric moment. At the end of the day, my bill went up 15% relative to the cost of half of the family plan.
Last summer, I didn’t have an iPad nor did I foresee buying a first generation one. That was then, but I caved as summer went on and I considered writing an eBook. Notwithstanding my January comments on the iPad, I bought one in late July. It’s features made my iPhone a little jealous and me a little less enticed by the iPhone. The only thing my iPhone could do that it couldn’t was connect to the AT&T network.
Today, I bid my iPhone adieu. I made the move to economize from AT&T’s rates to Sprint. I went with the LG Optimus S. You can read a review if you’re interested about it here. The LG Optimus S is a nice mid-range Android 2.2 smart phone that cost $49.
I suppose that one of my kids will get the iPhone now. The 16 GB unit can serve as an iPod or WiFi device for email and music. These truly have become ubiquitous devices, and we owe Apple a debt for that! By the way, I love the iPad and won’t lament its lack of a camera when the next generation arrives with the new year.
The REST OF THE STORY, as of February 2012, is:
- I couldn’t live on the Android. It was an awkward interface after the iPhone.
- I couldn’t return to AT&T, the coverage where I’m at is horrible and their prices are absurd.
- Sprint sells the iPhone and the coverage and price work.
My return to the iPhone and recommendation for a case is in this blog post.