2 Replies Latest reply: Jan 21, 2013 9:03 AM by gardenview
madjdesigns Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Since upgrading to iMovie 11 the software wont show up any images that I place into the timeline. So far I have tried the following:


  • Drag and drop both PNG and JPG files into the timeline
  • Resaved the images and then pulled across
  • Placed them in iPhoto and then choosen them from within iMovie


Each time they always show up in the iMovie timeline but when I run the movie all I get is a blank screen for the duration of the still. I've checked in the inspector and the strange thing is that it shows that there is no levels for the image, which I presume means that there isn't anything that it is seeing.


This driving me mad, can anyone help? On my older projects the stills work perfectly.



Lion OSX, Mac OS X (10.7)
  • 1. Re: iMovie won't show still pictures
    laceyfromglasgow Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I had the same issue, but it's now working great!  I closed iMovie & then made copies of the photos I needed to the desktop & deleted them from the iPhoto Library.  I then resaved them as jpegs back to iPhoto.  Once I replaced the old ones from my timeline with the new jpeg versions, everything has worked seemlessly.  Hope this helps!

  • 2. Re: iMovie won't show still pictures
    gardenview Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I also had this problem. Simplest workaround I've discovered (if photos show but don't run on playback) is to drop the photos into the very start of your imovie project - before any other movies in the timeline. When I did this the photos appeared when the project was played. Once the photos are in this first position of the timeline they can then be dragged (or cut and pasted) to your preferred location in the timeline. I was able to leave the photos in jpg form.


    Previously I could drop the photos into the preferred position on the timeline from the desktop but they would not appear when project was played.

    Happy movie making.