Time is ticking, and the day to present our semester projects is quickly approaching. I am getting nervous, because I have had many obstacles in this video-making process, and today’s hurdle was bigger than ever. Up to this point I have been working on my video project on a desktop computer in the Horticulture Department. However, due to the approaching deadline, I needed to get my project off of the departmental computer and onto my personal computer to continue (and complete) video editing. I am using iMovie on a Mac computer to complete the video editing, and unfortunately, if you want to move a project and continue editing, iMovie will ONLY let you do so if you use an external hard drive…which I do not have.
Luckily, I was able to borrow an external hard drive from work to try to try and transfer my files. However, after plugging in the external hard drive, the computer recognized it- but iMovie did not- so I was unable to transfer my files after all. According to the Apple Support Community, "To use an external hard disk with iMovie, it must be formatted as Mac OS Extended (Journaled). iMovie doesn’t support network-attached storage or external flash memory drives.” In other words, there was no other way to do it- and I was stuck with an unformatted external hard drive. My solution? Ask someone else! We got ahold of Brian, the IT guy in the horticulture building, and he was able to do some computer coding to take a shortcut around using a formatted hard drive. SUCCESS! (Or so I thought…) Brian definitely knew what he was doing, but unfortunately we couldn’t out-smart iMovie. He was able to copy all of my individual files onto the hard drive, but not the actual project I was working on. This meant that I had access to all of the separate/unedited pieces of the video on the drive, but NOT the full video.
So naturally, I thought I would try another one that has been used to transfer iMovies before! I hopped on my bike and ran over to work to grab the second external hard drive. (This was pretty miserable due to the weather- it was hot and extremely humid!) After getting back to the horticulture building, I tried plugging in the second external hard drive but it was also not being read by iMovie. I decide to cut my losses and spend the rest of my afternoon starting the project over. So here I am- back to square one. Although I am a bit discouraged, I have to keep in mind that I wasn’t very far along with the project. I definitely had put some work into it, but there wasn’t too much editing that I had done- it was mostly a bunch of disorganized clips that I had cut down to size and glued in some sort of order that I thought made sense. So at this point, I’m trying to stay optimistic that I only have a few hours of extra work added to my weekend- wish me luck!
Howdy! My name is Marissa Albers and I am a Nutritional Sciences major pursuing a minor in Horticulture. My passion lies with food and where it comes from! I would eventually love to work with food security by helping malnourished populations find sustainable solutions to their hunger and nutrient deficiencies. I am excited to learn about how to grow healthy, local produce and to help bridge the gap between the community of Bryan/College Station and their food source!