When my first daughter was 7 months old, I switched computers from an old macbook that I was borrowing as a teacher to my very own macbook pro. I exported all 1,450,233 disorganized pictures and videos of my dear firstborn into one big file titled something like, “every moment of Addie’s life.” [Ok, I admit, it was too much.]
I wiped my school macbook and gave it back, good as new.
A couple months later, when I finally got around to organizing all the photos and videos, none of the videos would play. I imported them over and over and tried different file types, but to no avail. They didn’t work. I had no idea why. But I did know that all the videos from Addie’s first several months were gone.
Now fortunately, not much happens those first 6 months. I mean, you think it’s cute with your first kid and all, but we have survived sans those videos.
Maybe I’m technologically dumb, but it took me a while to figure out how to backup my videos from iPhoto without accidentally converting them to non-videos. I also didn’t know iPhoto has extra secret editing tools, or that there was a difference between folders and albums. Anyway, I figured that someone else out there didn’t know these things, so I thought I’d share. Feel free to leave comments about the things I missed!
I tried to write these all out with screen shots, but it was ridiculous. So, though slightly more awkward to make a video (ahem, not my gift), I decided to bite the bullet, and just show you the tips with a quick screen-casted video.
I bring to you, the first edition of Semi-Awkward Amateur Mom Photographer Video Tutorials.
Here are 8 basic tips for how to use iPhoto.
- Events vs. Photos in iPhoto
- Splitting, Merging, and Titling Events in iPhoto
- Folders vs. Albums in iPhoto
- Getting pictures out of iPhoto to print, put on mixbook, etc…
- Exporting videos out of iPhoto without ruining them
- How to flag pictures in iPhoto and what to use flags for
Ok, iPhoto users… did you know all that or was any of it helpful? What did I miss?
In case you are just itching for more, I also have a post with a tutorial video about how I organize my pictures! Finally after 10 years of taking way too many pictures, I found a system that works. Check it out here!