10 Replies Latest reply: Feb 19, 2006 4:57 AM by SDIllini
Daniel Reilly Level 2 Level 2 (260 points)
My themes will not show up in the program after the upgrade to 6.01. The themes are still sitting in the folders but won't show in the program. Any ideas? Is there a plist I should kill maybe?

Thanks in advance...

Dan Reilly
Sarasota, FL

20" iMac 2.1 G5 (iSight), 1.5 gigs, 12" iBook, iPod Nano (Black), iPod Suffle, Mac OS X (10.4.4)
  • 1. Re: Themes missing after upgrade to 6.01
    JRJ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Same exact issue here.

    I was excited to see the update-- I haven't been able to use themes at all ever since I installed iLife 6 (on a fresh install of OSX, I might add.) I would drop them into the movie, and they would render as all white.

    Now, there are no themes at all. Bummer.

    Hopefully, another fix will be available at some point. Funny... I didn't notice any notification letting me know this was a beta product when I paid for it.
  • 2. Re: Themes missing after upgrade to 6.01
    Adam Coates Level 4 Level 4 (1,855 points)

    I was hoping 6.0.1 was going to at least be a pre-release version - it's just a later beta!


    I do have themes - but when I drag the clips I want to the drop zones and then render them, iMovie 6.0.1 uses the very beginning of these three clips (which because of non-destructive editing and the fact that I started with one 60 minute long mp4 clip, which I've since cut up, means I get three identical boxes which are mostly black/noisy/first few frames from the original camcorder footage. These beautifully jerk around the screen!

    Essentially themes are now totally gone. On the plus side the text does look marginally better - but there is still some quantization noise visible (at least in iMovie - i've not exported yet). I'm going to try to go back to iMovie 5 now but keep iMovie 6 available and monitor the improvements.


    Hopefully I can take my project with me. (It's my wedding video and I'm fed up of making excuses about Apple's gear to my wife - who's not really a Mac convert and this doesn't help)


  • 3. Re: Themes missing after upgrade to 6.01
    budanski Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm running into the same issues as well... http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=365787&tstart=15

    PowerMac G5 2.3GHz Dual Core   Mac OS X (10.4.4)   2.5G DDR2, 23" HD Cinema Display
  • 4. Re: Themes missing after upgrade to 6.01
    Mathew Griffin Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    Same here "No themes found" in the theme dropdown - this ***** Apple
  • 5. Re: Themes missing after upgrade to 6.01
    Brian Conner4 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Mine were gone also. Looked in /Library/ApplicationSupport/iMovie......no Themes folder at all.
    I copied one in there off my system backup drive...works fine.
    Still have problems with rendering cleanly though.
    Striped/interlaced look on stills.
  • 6. Re: Themes missing after upgrade to 6.01
    Karl Petersen Level 6 Level 6 (15,170 points)
    Adam, I'm disappointed too that a Theme starts playing a video clip from the start of its source file. Seems unnecessarily simple-minded.

    It shouldn't be hard to avoid this behavior, however. The trick is to force the clip to be rendered as a separate Media file. Then it will behave as you want.

    One way to force "separating" the clip from its source file is to add a title to the clip. (The title can contain no text, so it looks the same as before.) Adding a title causes iMovie to create a new Media file containing just that clip. Drag that "titled" clip into the Drop Zone and everything will work as you want.

    Another way is to apply a Slo-Mo effect to the clip, with no change in speed.

    The modified clips they can be discarded once the Theme has been rendered.

    I don't believe this problem has anything to do with iMovie's non-destructive editing, BTW. There's no reason the Theme can't be rendered using the frame pointers of the clip dropped in the Drop Zone. The Theme can grab any part of the Media file it wants. It's just written kinda brain dead.

  • 7. Re: Themes missing after upgrade to 6.01
    Hoser Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    Hmm, are the themes there? Spotlight search 'Travel.bundle', and post what you see. Where is it? Did you do an easy install of iLife 06, or a custom install?

    You could revert to 6.0 - use Spotlight to find all of iMovie's files, remove them, do a custom install from the iLife 06 DVD and just install iMovie.

    <rustling noises> OK, the iMovie app file, com.apple.imovie.plist in /Library/Preferences, imovie.pkg in /Library/Receipts, that's not everything, but that ought to do it.

    Then run the updater again and see how it goes.

    1.5Ghz 12" AlBook   Mac OS X (10.4.4)  
  • 8. Re: Themes missing after upgrade to 6.01
    Scott Eaton Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)
    Were the Themes originally custom installed (custom location, that is, other than default)?

    Look for this file:


    You can open this from within TextEdit if you have to. This file tells iMovie HD 6 where the Themes files were custom installed and if they weren't custom installed, then it should say the default location.

    Also a silly question, but have you moved the Themes folder manually? It doesn't autofind them.
  • 9. Re: Themes missing after upgrade to 6.01
    Rodger Graham-Wilson Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    I too had the same issue. I followed instructions at:


    which were provided at:


    I just replaced the "Go to /Library/Receipts/ and drag iDVDThemes.pkg to the Trash." with "Go to /Library/Receipts/ and drag iMovieThemes_Tiger.pkg to the Trash." Then, "Empty the Trash and Insert the iLife ’06 DVD and launch the iLife ’06 installer. Custom install iMovie 6 from the iLife ’06 installer."

    Well, low and behold it worked, keeping iMovie 6.0.1 as the main application and not installing a second iMovie (v6.0.0) in the applications folder!! I hope this works for you!

    Rodger Graham-Wilson.

    P.S. I think I will now check my iDVD themes. (Maybe we all should!!)
  • 10. Re: Themes missing after upgrade to 6.01
    SDIllini Level 6 Level 6 (16,670 points)
    Hi Rodger:

    Glad my post helped!