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iPhoto Smart Albums: Sorting Movies

Movies captured with my digital still camera are mixed in with thousands of photos in my iPhoto Library. Smart albums help me keep track of them.

Movies: All
This one’s pretty simple to create. Set the criteria:

Keyword > contains > Movie

Since iPhoto automatically tags every imported movie with the keyword “Movie”, this one is requires no additional work to maintain. All your movies can be found in this album, in iPhoto or in the iMovie media browser. Of course, to narrow the Library to just movies, one can also click the “Movie” keyword button in the main Library view.

Movies: Already Used
An album of all the movies you’ve previously used in video projects. For this you need to create a custom keyword. I use “MBF” (Matchbook Films). Keywords are created under iPhoto > Preferences, but applied using Photos > Get Info.

Keyword > contains > [your custom keyword]

This album is only as useful when you take the time to tag each relevant clip with the keyword. Even more useful than this album, however, is its opposite.

Movies: Not Used
This smart album contains all videos in your library you haven’t used in a project (or that you just haven’t tagged with your custom keyword). In this album you can choose clips you’d like to use for your next project, delete clips you’ll never use, or tag videos you forgot to tag previously.

Match ALL of the following conditions:
Keyword > contains > Movie
Keyword > does not contain > [your custom keyword]

As this album begins to get more and more crowded (as you shoot more and more videos), you may find yourself wanting to narrow this to a selection of videos you think you might use some day in a project.

Movies: To Use
If you’re not using it already, you may wish to employ iPhoto’s check mark keyword: . (Otherwise you would need to create another custom keyword.) Then simply apply this keyword to any movies you wish to remember for later.

Match ALL of the following conditions:
Keyword > contains > Movie
Keyword > contains >
Keyword > does not contain > [your custom keyword]

The third criteria is there so that you don’t necessarily have to remove the check mark in order for the movie to roll out of this smart album. You merely have to apply your custom keyword to indicate you’ve used the clip already.

Any questions?



  Marsie wrote @

this was very helpful!! thanks for posting!

  willam palmer wrote @

I tried the above and set up a smart album,but if I try to play any of them, they seem to only be stills of the first image; or at least they won’t play on quicktime.


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