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iMovie 11 does not see iPhoto videos

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  • XofDyer Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 15, 2011 12:11 PM (in response to nevillev)

    Convert the file to PC or Mac (H.264).

  • patrickfromnanaimo Calculating status...
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    Jun 13, 2011 10:41 AM (in response to nevillev)

    I (a computer idiot) managed do fix the problem in iPhoto Preferences, Sharing, Allow Sharing, then I closed all programs and restarted.  My iPhoto videos are once again in my iMovie Event Library.


    Bon Chance.

  • Olympus Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 13, 2011 5:55 PM (in response to nevillev)

    I think everyone is blowing this thing way out of proportion. I even jumped on this train because I had the same problem. You have to update the thumbnails in iMovie. Now the only bug I can see is that the dialog box for updating the thumbnails seems to disappear a little too soon. If you start up iMovie then look down at your phone, it could be gone by the time you look up. I have a huge library and it took my iMac a long time to update the library but when it was done, everything looked normal.

  • Little96 Calculating status...
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    Feb 12, 2012 2:05 AM (in response to nevillev)

    I've discovered that upgrading to iPhoto 11 breaks iMovie 09's ability to find iPhoto Videos.  The only solution that has worked for me is to upgrade iMovie so that I have both iMovie 11 and iPhoto 11.  Bit of a shame as iMovie 09 was sufficient for my needs, and iPhoto 09 I only upgraded to try Photo Stream which I've since abandoned.  Anyway, upgrading both seems to have solved the problem of not being able to see iPhoto Videos in iMovie.

  • br121 Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Feb 12, 2012 4:17 AM (in response to nevillev)

    I've had the same problem. It has something to do with updating the iPhoto video thumbnails. Sometimes when iMovie opens it updates it - sometimes it does not. Seems to be inconsistent.

  • Stevearoo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 3, 2012 10:29 PM (in response to nevillev)

    I had this problem out of the blue. Possibly the first time I ran iMovie after upgrading to 10.7.3, though who knows if that's related. It had always worked before - then suddently, no iPhoto videos at all.


    Today, iMovie started asking the "generate thumbnails" question again at launch. I'm not sure what I did to fix it. I repaired permissions on the disk, rebuilt the iPhoto library several times with different options. Rebooted. Nothing made any  difference. Then today, I sync'd my phone with a new video on it, launched iMovie, and it started seeing iPhoto videos again.


    I don't know what made it quit, nor what made it start again. There are several discussions about this - they all have a bunch of random suggestions. I don't think anyone has figured it out yet.

  • jclorden Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 12, 2012 6:39 PM (in response to Stevearoo)

    My iPhoto 11 and iMovie 11 worked seemlessly, then suddenly the iPhoto icon disappeared from the iMovie event library.  The timing seems to correspond to the last update of iPhoto (9.2.2) i made the other day.  I also performed a sync between my iPhone and iPhoto that pulled in a new movie.  When i went back to iMovie the iPhoto icon had reappeared in the event library.

  • madmac88 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 15, 2012 8:51 PM (in response to Stevearoo)

    Thanks for the tip. I tried downloading photos/videos from my iPhone and opened iMovie afterwards. Then when I click on the iPhoto Videos library it started generating thumbnails again!


    I will have to remember this trick...

  • Robby Berman Level 1 Level 1 (130 points)
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    Mar 17, 2012 9:55 PM (in response to madmac88)

    Empyting my iPhoto trash fixed this for me, causing a long, but effective, thumbnail rebuild next time I opened iMovie.

  • dr_click Calculating status...
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    Jun 19, 2012 3:05 PM (in response to nevillev)

    I discovered a few things:


    1. At least for me, using iMovie 11 / OSX Lion, when selecting the "File->Import->Movies..." menu option, I got a file selection dialog whose sidebar included a "Movies" option after scrolling to the bottom.


    2. Clicking on "Movies" offered options to view videos in "iMovies", "Movies", and one other place that wasn't iPhoto.


    3. It turns out that you also need to have iPhoto running. Once iPhoto is up, "iPhoto" shows up as an option.


    Just for grins, iMovie is now claiming that it will take 18 hours to transfer and optimize all of the iPhone videos I imported into iPhoto. Good times!


    Good luck,



  • mikelach2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 21, 2012 2:55 AM (in response to dr_click)

    I'd appreciate some advice here. I've had this problem off-and-on for the past few months, always using the latest versions of iMovie and iPhoto. Wth iPhoto 9.3, the database structure appears to have been rebuilt (it's now compatible with Aperature libraries, and there's a new dialogue with rebuilding options when startup with command-option is pressed).


    In my iMovie 9.0.6, there's now no iPhoto library listed in the Event Library, and no about of rebuild iPhoto/restart seems to be bringing it back. I sure do miss it!

  • dr_click Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 21, 2012 5:10 PM (in response to mikelach2)

    Unfortunately, I have no insights on that front. After importing all of the movies as described, the "iPhoto library" spontaneously reappeared in the Events sidebar. So now I have two copies of all of my pre-existing iPhone videos. That much doesn't bother me - redundant copies are good. But still, I don't understand why it should have suddenly reappeared.


    This is iMovie '11 and iPhoto '11.



  • judesromes Calculating status...
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    Jul 26, 2012 9:39 PM (in response to nevillev)

    Don't know if this will help much but appreciated the help everyone else was contributing.


    I have iMovie 11 and iPhoto 9 - could not see iPhoto videos.  Awhile ago I had realized that I had 3 iPhoto Libraries on my computer (not sure how or why - another story...)  Anyway, I used iPhoto Library Manager to merge them; then deleted all the "extra" libraries and made sure that the new library was in the Pictures part of the user folder (Users/myname/Pictures). 


    When I opened iMovie, it wasn't seeing any photos or videos (I think I confused it by moving the library).  So I closed iMovie, opened iPhoto and kept it open, then opened iMovie.  Sure enough, it started generating ALL the thumbnails.


    So maybe if you change the name or location of the iPhoto Library, have iMovie look at that and get "confused," it will sort itself out when you put the library back in place again.


    Hope that might help someone.... ;-)

  • Matt Ginzton Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 6, 2012 11:58 AM (in response to nevillev)

    I just want to say thanks to nevillev for describing this problem so well, and to Marco Laurenzano for his workaround. Good on you, Internet.


    I don't find iPhoto/iMovie usable unless I get to organize my files how I want (and leave the files visible to other apps whose name doesn't start with lowercase i, too). I don't get why Apple considers their design the only right one, and I'm very happy Marco found and shared this trick.

  • Randy Farnsworth Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
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    Aug 24, 2012 8:51 AM (in response to nevillev)

    I tried many remedies and found that the simplest remedy finally fixed it: delete the imovie preferences file and restart iMovie, which re-builds the thumbnail library.


    In finder, option-click Go, then Library, then go to the Preferences folder, then delete


    This is on OS 10.8 Mountiain Lion, with iMovie '11 and iPhoto '11


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