iMovie eating memory on iPad
I’m posting this because I found zero information about it and I stumbled upon a solution.
Basically, if you try and export your iMovie after you’ve finished creating it in iMovie on the iPad, it might tell you at the very end (after wasting an hour of your time btw) that there isn’t enough memory to do the export. Dood, how about telling me BEFORE I SPEND ANOTHER HOUR OF MY LIFE WAITING – SOUND LIKE A GOOD IDEA?!?!? JUST MAYBE.
At any rate, you might find yourself deleting movies, pictures, apps, music – anything to get enough memory to export your project. Then, you try again. then AGAIN it tells you STILL don’t have enough memory. You go back and look and – WTH? all the memory you’d just cleared is now magically gone – but you have nothing to show for it.
Apparently iMovie has created your masterpiece but needs to copy it to the location you specified (the camera roll) – I’m not totally sure if it’s done or not, and it’s making yet another copy for the move? or if it truly ran out of space and can’t continue, but has left a pile of mung behind. Who knows. But the fact remains that it is still taking up precious disk space without any visible way of deleting it, and you have no idea it even exists!
All you have to do is open the project in iMovie, make a simple change – then change it back, and exit back to the projects menu. Now check your memory – it magically has re-appeared. Apparently, making a change causes iMovie to cleanup after itself.
Hope that helps!