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iMovie 11 not exporting XML

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ivory567 Calculating status...
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Nov 16, 2010 10:10 AM
when I updated my iMovie to 11 I now can't export an XML file. It takes me through the motions, but it doesn't save anything. Why is that and how canI fix that?
iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • imoviebill Level 1 Level 1 (120 points)
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    Nov 16, 2010 10:15 AM (in response to ivory567)
    Hi there,

    Strange, it works fine for me. Can you specifically describe what it in your project? It could be that there is something specific causing it fail.
  • Daniel Slagle Level 7 Level 7 (22,415 points)
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    Nov 16, 2010 11:54 AM (in response to ivory567)
    I have seen people complain of this before but can't reproduce it either. Is it a regular project?

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  • Thom_Burrell Calculating status...
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    Nov 28, 2010 10:14 AM (in response to ivory567)
    Eh, I get the same thing.

    I created a project to play around with iMovie 11 (just testing the waters). As sometimes happened, the project I created I actually liked and decided to move into FC to continue working on.

    No go. Won't export as an XML.

    So, I tried creating a new project using the original unedited video, exported and it works fine.

    Okay, so next I go back to my project and remove all transitions, still no go. Remove all audio. Nope. Remove all titles. Nada. The final thing to check is to remove all effects completely, at which point I essentially have just my original video with some stills mixed in.

    I might as well start completely over in FC. And this is why I'll be advising all of my instructors against adopting iMovie 11 if they're currently working with FC and will probably require signing off before I will deploy it. I'm not going to have angry teachers from 54 schools screaming at me because their kids built projects that can't be exported for final editing in real(ish) software.

    Better they just switch off to Premiere as we push CS4 to all of our 1000 odd Macs.
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  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (104,685 points)
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    Nov 28, 2010 10:50 AM (in response to Thom_Burrell)
    That's correct. XML export handles only the basic editing information. Nothing else will transfer as it's a completely different software architecture. This is not new in iMovie '11.

    You should also be aware that many of the formats used in iMovie are not supported in Final Cut without rendering.
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  • stefws Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Nov 28, 2010 1:17 PM (in response to Thom_Burrell)
    I found the same thing - no export happened. Then I duped my project into smaller parts which all but one were exportable. I then did further binary split of the non-exportable part and in express speed final cut it down to simply just removing a freezed frame with ken-brun effect, made from one of my video event clips, made my initial hole imovie project export fine
    MacPro 2x2.66GHz, 6GB, Mac OS X (10.6.5), iMovie HD6, 8, 9 & 11, FCE 4
  • vergfromwichita Calculating status...
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    Jul 24, 2011 12:51 PM (in response to stefws)

    That worked for me also, I had three "freeze" frame effects, removing them fixed my problem.


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