Currently Being ModeratedDec 17, 2010 2:51 PM (in response to nckswtc1)Guess I have just joined the 'Searching for movie data' club too. I've tried duplicating the file to appease the search message but to no avail. Certainly very frustrating re work flow and look forward to Apple sorting out the provided cancelation button asap.iMac 2,8 GHz Intel Core i7, MacBook Pro 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
Currently Being ModeratedJan 21, 2011 9:19 PM (in response to nckswtc1)Yes I movie had real trouble . and it need to be addressed by the pros from APPLE
I have the same trouble with But i think its also to do with Quick time as Some clips from 7d come up with the same massage .
I just cannot use I Movie . i have been in Forums and Been to two mack shops and spent a hole day . and then get home and it all starts again. What the **** is it with this. This only started after up dates .
Please MAC sort it out . Im losing time and money trying to sort this problem out.
Oh AndI not when playing on another mac from external hard drive the same thing happens . We have taken out the I movie and its file , re installed and still the same. i have deleted Quick time and installed from the web , it come up ( need to down load from mac up dates ) I used the one from OSX Leopard. Come to think of it this has been going on ever since i loaded Leopard . help!mac book pro, Mac OS X (10.5.2), 4 gig ram
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 8, 2011 2:13 PM (in response to Codlin)I am also trapped in the "searching for movie in data file" loop. Doesn't matter if the movie is on my external hard drive or if it is turned off and only the mac is running. Sure hope Apple comes up with a fix.Mac OS X, Mac OS X (10.5.8), Imovie 09
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 11, 2011 6:03 AM (in response to nckswtc1)Hi all this seemed to work for me ....
Go to All movies in the finder - delete cache for movies ( I did all of mine but not sure if this is safe). Then go to the imovie.plist and delete all of these files - bing buda bing no more Searching for movie data in file on launching imovieMac mini, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 5, 2011 6:42 PM (in response to nckswtc1)I WAS having the same problem for 2 weeks, I almost gave up then... Either I got lucky, or not, but this is how my problem got solved. I openend FINDER then in the search section on the top right of my window I typed in the name it was giving me (in my case HDV_0030) I selected it to search "THIS MAC" and it found the file in the (iMovie Events/Christmas/iMovie Thumbnails/HDV_0030) folder. I know that these names are related to my computer, but it worked.
Then I opened iMovie waited till the "Searching for movie data in the file..." came up and pressed 'search' then followed the path I just mentioned, and.......ooohhh yea, IT WORKED! I hope this helps you...MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
Currently Being ModeratedAug 28, 2011 2:43 PM (in response to NicMonTrinidad)
I still have this same problem - these fixes didn't work for me.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 21, 2011 5:38 PM (in response to diveactive)
All sorted after some time and searching. Nothing easy when you start.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 15, 2013 6:52 PM (in response to ldalep)
iMovie was looking for a video file that that I could not find on my Mac (somehow deleted at some point).
This worked for me, no side effects that I can see:
Go to All movies in the finder - delete cache for movies.
This is is desapointing though, I am expecting Apple software to be me scalable than this.