iMovie Backup Software: Protect your iMovie creations with automated timed backups. Install it before you need it!

Ever had an iMovie library corrupted so you can't even launch it? Ever gone down an editing path you didn't like and find you can't undo it? Backups for iMovie will rescue you from such situations.

Based on the 5 star rated Backups for Final Cut Pro, Backups for iMovie is like Time Machine® for iMovie®! It performs timed and manual snapshots of your iMovie Libraries.

“Life saver — 5 stars
The fact that iMovie doesn't even have a "Save" command, makes me queasy, so "Backups for iMovie” comes to the rescue with its "GO" button, letting me save my edits whenever the urge strikes me, as well as letting me backup at scheduled intervals. Now when I edit with iMovie, I feel like I'm wearing a Kevlar life preserver in an ocean full of digital debris and corruption, ready to sink me and all my hard work.” – miggsb

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What can Backups for iMovie do?

• Reflecting the fast pace of video editing, Backups for iMovie creates incremental snapshots as often as every 2 minutes. The one hour backup interval of Time Machine can seem like an eternity if you lose your work.

• Making labeled snapshots during your editing lets you restore to key steps in your process—finished a rough cut, finished adding titles, ready to export. A description added to a snapshot, describing why you made it is very handy!

• Lets you restore everything from a given snapshot or selected libraries, events or projects.

• Ignores iMovie’s sometimes very large work files. (These are automatically recreated.)

• Extensive logging. You can delete old snapshots.

• “Safe” snapshots. Only completed snapshots are retained. Available disk space is checked before the backup begins.

• “Safe” restores. If to a local drive, replaced files are placed in the Trash—they are never deleted.

• Continually adding new features.

What’s New

Version 1.0.2

• For improved support, Backups for iMovie is now being maintained directly by the developer. Expect to see new releases in the future.
• Now support Dark Mode in Mohave.
• Filter tab not properly showing event and project counts.
• Fixed drive mounting problem w/El Capitan onwards.
• 'Restore' button added to Snapshot list entries.
• Ask user if they really want to quit if they have automatic backups.
• Shows information about the last snapshot in the main window.
• Fixed Restore items not showing on High Sierra, onwards.

Ratings and Reviews

Rationalist/Pragmatist ,

Must Have App for iMovie

Just purchased Backups for iMovie and I’m very impressed! As the title implies, it creates a backup of your iMovie project and continuously updates it as you work. I selected the option to backup everything - media files, events, etc. even though I’m using Time Machine and CrashPlan. The work I put into an iMovie project is invaluable and anything that helps me get it all back in one piece is much appreciated.

I opted to use an external hard drive to store the backups as I’m running out of disk space on my iMac. The application will find your iMovie Libraries and recommends you store the backups in a different location. I currently have 3 iMovie Libraries in the Movies folder in the Finder.

I use iMovie to create videos after traveling abroad and for special events like hiking trips, canoeing, etc. My projects contain both photos and video and can be quite large. While iMovie 10 is more stable than past versions, I still worry about something going very wrong and losing hours and hours of detailed work. Backups for iMovie provides me a safety net and the ability to restore a project from any point in time.

This application has been available for awhile for Final Cut Pro X so it’s nice to see the developer branching out to help those of us who rely on iMovie. In the FAQ, the developer mentions that a future iteration will include the ability to “Archive” iMovie project. I’m looking forward to that feature! I currently archive using the iMovie method, but it has been hit and miss when trying to restore one of these projects to fine tune it. “Missing Media” and other problems often occur. I’m betting Backups for iMovie will provide a more failsafe method.

Kudos to the developer for helping the iMovie user community! If you’ve ever watched the spinning beach ball go on and on while working on an iMovie project and hoped the file wasn’t corrupted, then this app is worth taking a look at.


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6.7 MB
OS X 10.6 or later, 64-bit processor
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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