Find Videos in iPhoto

The Mac OS X iPhoto application can be used to catalogue videos as well as photos, and I know I have a lot of videos in amongst my 20,000-odd photos. But how to find them? Create a “Smart Album” with the criteria “Photo is Movie” (which seems to violate basic rules of physics, but it’s how it works):

An iPhoto Smart Album that includes all my videos


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x on June 27, 2009 - 22:07

Thanx a lot ! I just search for a day how to to this ! x

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Jonathan Franzone on July 4, 2009 - 20:33

What version of iPhoto is that in? I am running iPhoto version 6.0.6 and I don’t have a Photo option in the left hand drop-down box. Kind of depressing because I was really wanting to have an easy way to catalogue all of my video files.

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Anonymous on August 12, 2009 - 01:01

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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Siggi on November 30, 2009 - 21:31

Thanks! finely!

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Philip on April 4, 2010 - 21:09

OF COURSE… a movie is nothing but a bunch of photos, just as the internet is a bunch of tubes. Thanks for figuring that one out.

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Steve L on August 20, 2010 - 19:50

Just what I needed. Thank you very much!

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Vedavyas on September 7, 2010 - 10:25

nice post

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Scott in Wisocnsin on September 18, 2010 - 14:03

whew- you saved me like 1 hour of mindless pegging after our 7000 photo trip to Italy. THANK YOU!!!!

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Shahzad Khan on November 3, 2010 - 20:14

Hey thanks a bunch, you helped me move 100 GBs of videos out of iPhoto :)

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Chris1983dx11 on December 12, 2010 - 05:26

if you set iphoto options to sort as : by keyword. It will separate your photos and videos in every Event in iphoto. As long as your photos and videos do NOT have keywords that you typed in personally, Each event will display your photos first and then at the end of your “Event” the videos in that section will be at the bottom.

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Lipi Bagshaw on March 1, 2011 - 01:40

Thank you so much — great help!!!

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Michael Kessel on August 11, 2011 - 17:52

Very Helpful — Thanks!

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waz on August 31, 2011 - 16:18

can I use the word “Love”?

i love you man

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JOSE MAGNO on September 2, 2011 - 14:53


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shaan deen on September 9, 2011 - 22:52

actually this was AWESOME to find. you solved it so simply. exactly what i wanted and i’ve saved COUNTLESS needless hours.. big thank you. ps. i’m using lion and iPhoto 11.

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Eric Townsend on September 13, 2011 - 16:25

I consider myself as quite savvy, but I’ve missed out on this for years. So big thanks.

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Iain Ferguson on October 9, 2011 - 01:52

Yet another thanks for pointing this out to me. Was able to quickly find out the total size of Videos and Raw photos in my iPhoto Library. Not as much as I thought :-)

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Ashleigh Rohde on November 4, 2011 - 01:23

THanks so much!!! That took 2 seconds! and then I made an album that was “photos — is not — movies” so that I have all my photos on one place as well! Thanks!!!

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Andy on November 16, 2011 - 12:02

Thank you for that wonderful tip.  Just spent all evening watching all the videos we took of our baby who was born 15 weeks premature — he came home a year ago today and is now doing great.  I&#39d always had to search through &#39events&#39 to find them.

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Franx on November 18, 2011 - 03:51

Thanks a whole lot!

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Ab on November 26, 2011 - 18:47



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Michaek on December 4, 2011 - 00:42

Man! I&#39ve been looking for this solution for ages!! Thank you a million times over!!!

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newmacuser on December 5, 2011 - 00:38

awesome !!! thanks loads

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Ellen on December 10, 2011 - 20:01

So easy, thank you!

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Glen on December 26, 2011 - 01:21

You rock! Thanks for this brilliant suggestion!

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Paul W on December 28, 2011 - 19:41

Thanks so much for this — really easy when you know how!

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ali on February 22, 2012 - 02:30

um, you RULE! thank you, thank you.

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Jorge Gonzalez on February 29, 2012 - 22:49

How can I know the disk location.  Fo rsome reason they do not appear in iMovie and I need to transfer them.  Thanks

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Colin on March 10, 2012 - 07:17

Good job, thanks!  

But, does anyone know how i can get the videos to Apple TV2 ??  I can get the photos on TV2 okay but the videos don’t show up.  They are MJPEG on iPhoto, & if i drop one to the desktop it becomes an AVI.  I have ‘include videos’ selected on iTunes ‘Advanced’ > Choose Photos to Share’ but it makes no difference (I can get Movies ok) …. can’t drop these MPJEG or AVI  files into iTunes.


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Steven Campbell on March 15, 2012 - 13:49

Thanks so much! This was driving me crazy.

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Chick on March 21, 2012 - 18:10

Wow!! You just saved me a ridiculous amount of time, I could kiss you!!!

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Billy B on May 8, 2012 - 13:41

Thanks! Much appreciated!!!

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Pat on May 29, 2012 - 08:41

Grazie!! The only Mac task that was easy tonight!!

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Glen on May 29, 2012 - 15:25

The way I do it, which I hope isn’t the only way, b/c IMO apple should have the Atv2 intuitively pick up all video when u have home sharing turned on in iTunes, is to drag the movies into “movies” under iTunes. Then, when I pull up “movies” under “computers” on the atv2 it has them mixed in. Like I said, this can’t possibly be the way it’s supposed to be done, but it works. If anyone has an automatic way, please share ;)

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Louise on May 31, 2012 - 21:51

Thanks a lot!! Now does anyone know how to find and erase any duplets in movíes?

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Luca on June 5, 2012 - 23:11

Genius! A pity you’re not the first google entry. Thanks a lot!

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Eri on June 29, 2012 - 17:51

Thank you!!!
This saved me hours trying to find my video :)

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philldog on July 7, 2012 - 19:29

I am trying to use iphoto as a video clip catalog, building smart folders for keywords I add. I use 4 second clips, that requiring looping on playback to understand their content (medical ultrasound clips). Any idea how to loop the video player in iphoto as one can do with quicktime and vlc, etc.?

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Alexis on October 2, 2012 - 04:10


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Zoya on December 19, 2012 - 22:58

Thank you!! Now since all the video/movies have been isolated, is there a way I can delete them from the new smart album? For some reason I have a lot of duplicate videos and I would like to delete them but no matter which way I go about it, it won’t delete. I was thinking of selection all and then creating a new event of all the videos but after I did that, I don’t know where the event went… or if it was ever created! ANY TIPS ARE MUCH APPRECIATED!

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KonaGal on February 2, 2013 - 16:23

WOW ! thanx so much for this info ! 4 many years finding my movies has been a pain in iPhoto amongst tens of thousands of photos……now using your advise my life is Easier and i’ll be able to delete and keep which videos easily …..mahalo nui loa

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Louk Goldberg on February 16, 2013 - 18:05

My iPhoto has a mart folder option, but no photo or movie selections in the drop down menu.. Please help.

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Marcos on March 2, 2013 - 17:38

Thanks, great tip!

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mklement on March 4, 2013 - 03:58

Great tip, thanks (and bummer that this isn’t built into iPhoto in a straightforward manner, as it is in Picasa) — came in handy as part of instructions for moving/copying/deleting all video clips managed by iPhoto —…

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Larry on April 30, 2013 - 19:19

Does anyone know how to sort them by size?
I’d like to get rid of the large ones but I don’t know how to sort my .mov files by size.

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Kelly T on July 8, 2013 - 03:44

I am not tech savvy at all so this tip was most helpful in finding all my video files.
Only one problem is I have taken videos since April but they are not appearing when I did this step. It seems to stop in April
Any ideas?
Thanks in advance

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Jay on August 4, 2013 - 21:47

Thank you! I had been trying to figure that out for hours! Another poster had said to create a smart album with “keyword” movies and I had no idea what he was talking about. This made it very simple.

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Pfladuke on September 13, 2013 - 12:53

Great, one other thing how can i then sub catorgise these vids by length of them. i.e i want to weed out the videos that are 1.2.3. second long?

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Holly on March 27, 2014 - 23:43

Thank you so much, this was the best tip ever as I would never have figured it out alone!!

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