Is there a way to find all videos above a certain size using the new Photos app so that they can be selected for Export or put in an album?

I'd like to move large videos off to an external drive, but I can't find a way to select them (or indeed, to find them at all).

  • what is wrong with Finder all files sorted by type
    – Ruskes
    Commented May 25, 2015 at 18:51
  • @Buscar웃SD I only have 41 movies in Finder and 320 in Photos.app, apparently Finder does not show files from Photos.app Commented May 25, 2015 at 18:55
  • use "All my Files" and it should show them.
    – Ruskes
    Commented May 25, 2015 at 18:57
  • Looking at All My Files, I am baffled about how to make it show videos or, indeed, any large files at all. It bears no resemblance to what I know is on the disk.
    – Bill Lipa
    Commented May 27, 2015 at 23:33

2 Answers 2

  1. Navigate to Pictures folder
  2. Right click on Photos Librar and Show Package Contents
  3. Open the originals folder (prior to macOS 10.15 / Catalina, the 'originals' folder was named 'Masters')
  4. In search bar, type mov, then choose Type 'Movie'
  5. Make sure 'Masters' is still the search target
  6. Right click the column headings and tick 'Size'
  7. Click Size column header to sort

Do not change anything in Finder. Just use it to identify the videos, then go back to Photos to make changes.


This can be done via the free version of PowerPhotos (brew cask install powerphotos)

  1. Open your Photos library in PowerPhotos
  2. In the menu bar View section, select As List and Show Columns → Size
  3. Click the size column to sort by file size
  4. You now have a list with where the biggest files are easy to spot
  • 1
    I can't recommend PowerPhotos more. WELL worth the reasonable price... and really adds features that Photos SHOULD have in the first place. Commented Dec 23, 2020 at 18:31

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