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imovie quitting

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Simon2212 Calculating status...
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Jan 15, 2012 8:31 PM


My imovie is unexpectantly quitting and displaying the following report message below. I have read previous discussions about this topic and tried deleteing the pst file but that doesn't seem to be working. Does anyone know what I should do? Seems to coincide with me working on a new project. Originally only quit when I tried to play full screen but not seems to quit at all different times no matter which project I am in. thanks


Process:         iMovie [1166]

Path:            /Applications/


Version:         8.0.6 (821)

Build Info:      iMovieApp-8210000~16

Code Type:       X86 (Native)

Parent Process:  launchd [88]



Date/Time:       2012-01-16 15:22:53.562 +1100

OS Version:      Mac OS X 10.6.8 (10K549)

Report Version:  6



Interval Since Last Report:          31906 sec

Crashes Since Last Report:           11

Per-App Interval Since Last Report:  14641 sec

Per-App Crashes Since Last Report:   11

Anonymous UUID:                      1B082D06-688A-4D15-8985-1E4FC83E514E




Exception Codes: KERN_INVALID_ADDRESS at 0x00000000fffe11a0

Crashed Thread:  0  Dispatch queue:



Thread 0 Crashed:  Dispatch queue:

0   ???                                     0x2a303140 0 + 707801408



Thread 1:  Dispatch queue:

0   libSystem.B.dylib                       0x98ccc382 kevent + 10

1   libSystem.B.dylib                       0x98ccca9c _dispatch_mgr_invoke + 215

2   libSystem.B.dylib                       0x98ccbf59 _dispatch_queue_invoke + 163

3   libSystem.B.dylib                       0x98ccbcfe _dispatch_worker_thread2 + 240

4   libSystem.B.dylib                       0x98ccb781 _pthread_wqthread + 390

5   libSystem.B.dylib                       0x98ccb5c6 start_wqthread + 30

  • karenfromniagara falls Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)
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    Jan 15, 2012 8:53 PM (in response to Simon2212)

    Does iMovie work if in a new user?


    If iMovie quits all the time, as soon as you launch it, but only in your user, it sounds like something is corrupt in one of your iMovie projects.


    Do you use time machine?  If yes restore the "iMovie Projects" folder to a time when you were not having this issue


    If you don't use time machine....try the following:

    1. first delete the iMovie plist - finder / home user / library / preferences.  It will be listed as "".  Drag this to your desktop


    Doing this should hopefully allow you to at least launch iMovie.  Try to determine if it is connected to a specific project.  If you note it quits when access a specific project, or when doing a specific task, like accessing the photo browser for example, that is helpful in determining the cause of the issue.


    If it is a specific project that is causing the issue, try the following:

    - quit iMovie

    - launch finder, and select "home user / movies ".  You should see an "iMovie Projects" folder.  Drag this out to your desktop.  Do not move the "imovie events"  folder...just leave it


    - launch iMovie - you will note all your projects are gone

    - create a new project by dragging some event footage to the project area.  Doing this will re-create a new "iMovie Projects" folder in "home user / movies"


    - quit iMovie

    - launch finder, and select "home user / movies" - open the "iMovie projects" folder.  You will only see the one new test project you just created

    - now, double click the "iMovie projects' folder on your desktop, and this will open a second finder window that contains all your old projects

    - drag one project at a time, back into the new "iMovie projects" folder


    - after you drag one project over, test iMovie to see if it quits

    - if it does not, we know it is not that project that is causing the issue


    - again quit iMovie - launch finder, and select "home user / movies" -- drag a second project over to the new folder, then launch and test iMovie

    - keep repeating this process, until you find the project that is causing iMovie to quit


    - once you find it, you must delete it, or restore it from a time machine back up

  • cavman255 Calculating status...
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    Jan 17, 2012 1:48 PM (in response to Simon2212)

    I'm having exactly the same problem. iMovie 9.0.4 quits on startup, almost immediately. I've been using it extensively up until 2 weeks ago with no problems whatsoever. Then today I started it up and it immediately quit.


    I've deleted prefs, tried removing Quicktime and audio components. I've tried starting up using another account. Still quits every time before loading anything. I noticed it hasn't even got as far as recreating the preferences file. I've tried removing a few apps I've installed recently, and taken all items out of the Library/Startupitems folder.


    I've run out of ideas! Can anyone suggest anything else I can try?



  • elikness Level 4 Level 4 (2,635 points)
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    Jan 26, 2012 12:40 PM (in response to Simon2212)

    Simon2212,I will refer you to this Discussion Thread for further troubleshooting that problematic project:



    It's basically copying the project, dividing it in half and trying to export. I call it the Rule of Halves. But it's a form of regression test where you just keep tossing out half the project each time narrowing down the spot where the project is failing. You might find it's a title, transition, still image, or even a bad video clip that is causing the export to crash each time.


    Also it's often better to Share to Media Browser than to Share to iDVD, for two reasons. 1. Sometimes it crashes like you have seen so far 2. It creates a much higher quality finished DVD as it transcodes the video clips using a different path in iDVD. The video quality is as good as you can get using the Share to Media Browser instead of Share to iDVD.


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