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Error in user parameter list when I try to export my imovie project

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gilhouse Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Feb 14, 2012 11:17 AM

Please help!  iMovie cannot export this particular movie project, which is 14 minutes and 40 seconds.  It will export for several minutes, then give the following error message:

 

Unable to prepare project for publishing.

 

The project could not be prepared for publishing because an error occurred. (Error in user parameter list)

 

What the heck?  I have iMovie 9.0.4, OSX 10.7.3

 

Thank you!!!

  • chazXstreme Calculating status...

    How is it that this issue seems to not be addressed anywhere in cyberspace? The issue itself seems fairly preveland from my searches.

     

    And how can a program list something as an error, yet when you search that very program for said error, there is nothing within the Help menu regarding it. I mean nothing.

     

    Getting frustrating. I'm completely paralyzed in my iMovie 11 usage without being able to export.

     

    Any answers out there???

     

    Thank you!

  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (18,920 points)

    Hi

     

    May be this can help ?

     

    Error -50

     

    Error -50   paramErr  Error in user parameter list

    Can there be any external hard disks - if so How are it/they formatted ? Must be Mac OS Extended (hfs) if used for Video. UNIX/DOS/FAT32/Mac OS Exchange - works for most but not for VIDEO.

     

    What this means in Your situation is above me.

    • free space on internal boot hard disk? How much ?

     

    Pictures

    • in what format ? .jpg, .bmp, .tif, else ?

     

    Audio

    • from where/what format ? iTunes, .avi, .mp3, .aiff, else ?

     

    The "com.apple.iMovie.plist" file

     

    Many users has not observed that there are TWO libraries.

    • Library - at root level

    • Library - in user/account folder - THIS IS THE ONE to look into

     

    from Luke Burns

     

    I fixed the problem.. but it was very, very strange. I had a very long section for credits and set the line spacing to 1.0.. for some reason this caused it. I removed it, and it worked fine. I put it back, and I couldn't preview or play the video.

     

    I don't know why that could cause that big of a problem, but it did..

     

    Yours Bengt W

  • chazXstreme Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    One development here- I was able to export a new, different Project using the same video footage. So it is something specific to this one Project I'm having trouble with.

     

    Details of the video in question- It's about two minutes long. All video was pulled direct from my camera and is stored on the MacHD. It's set to a single song from iTunes. There are two intro 4s slides with copy over black at the beginning. The video is edited into clips of varying altered speeds and there is some side-by-side. One fade-out transition at the end.

     

    Does that help narrow in at all? Something in there stand out as potentially causing the issues?

     

    Also- I am unable to use any of the Share options (even "exporting using quicktime").

     

    Thanks all.

  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (18,920 points)

    Best way to figure out if there is a corrupted iMovie pref. file is by - Creating a new User-account and log into this. If iMovie now behaves - then the problem is just this at 99.9%

     

    If You want to trash iMovie pref. files then You must look into the right Library to find it. That's why I made this note.

     

    • Delete iMovie pref. files - all of them !

     

    iMovie pref. file resides.

    Mac Hard Disk (start-up HD)/Users/"Your account"/Library/Preferences

    and is named. (one or more of these)

    com.apple.iMovie.plist

    com.apple.iMovie3.plist

    com.apple.iMovie7.plist

    com.apple.iMovie8.plist

    com.apple.iMovie9.plist

    com.apple.iMovieApp.plist

     

    and find

    com.apple.iApps.plist

     

    While iMovie is NOT RUNNING - move this/these file/s out on to desk-top.

    Now restart iMovie.

     

    If You run Mac OS X.7 or more - then the Library in the User-account folder is invisibly and need to be set to be viewable. IT IS NOT in the Library on Root level (when opening MacintoshHD - first window = root level)

     

    ( It can be done like this: Open Terminal, then enter: chflags nohidden ~/Library

    Press return, then restart, and it will always be visible until the next major update, when you do the same thing again. )

     

    Yours Bengt W

  • chazXstreme Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    If You want to trash iMovie pref. files then You must look into the right Library to find it. That's why I made this note.

     

    • Delete iMovie pref. files - all of them !

     

    iMovie pref. file resides.

    Mac Hard Disk (start-up HD)/Users/"Your account"/Library/Preferences

    and is named. (one or more of these)

    com.apple.iMovie.plist

    com.apple.iMovie3.plist

    com.apple.iMovie7.plist

    com.apple.iMovie8.plist

    com.apple.iMovie9.plist

    com.apple.iMovieApp.plist

    I REMOVED ALL THESE FILES & PROBLEM STILL EXISTS. IF I HAD ORIGINALLY DELETED THESE FILES FROM ROOT LEVEL FOLDER, SHOULD I REPLACE THEM?

     

    and find

    com.apple.iApps.plist

    WHEN I REMOVED THIS FILE, THE ENTIRE LIST OF OPTIONS UNDER "SHARE" MENU GREY OUT. CAN'T EVEN SELECT THEM. IT SPECIFICALLY HAPPENED AFTER I REMOVED THIS FILE FROM MY USER/LIBRARY/PREF FOLDER. THERE ARE ADDITIONAL FILES THAT CONTAIN "com.apple.iApps.plist" SHOULD I REMOVE THEM ALL LIKE WITH THE FILES ABOVE?

     

    While iMovie is NOT RUNNING - move this/these file/s out on to desk-top.

    Now restart iMovie.

     

    If You run Mac OS X.7 or more - then the Library in the User-account folder is invisibly and need to be set to be viewable. IT IS NOT in the Library on Root level (when opening MacintoshHD - first window = root level)

    THANK YOU FOR POINTING THIS OUT. YOU ARE THE FIRST PERSON TO MENTION THAT. I WAS HAVING DIFFICULTY UNDERSTANDING WHERE THIS FOLDER WAS UNTIL YOU PUT THESE INSTRUCTIONS IN.

     

    THANK YOU!

     

    Chris.

  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (18,920 points)

    Please read carefully !

     

    NOT THE ROOT LIBRARY ! ! BUT

     

    Mac Hard Disk (start-up HD)/Users/"Your account"/Library/Preferences

     

    Else - I think You need to re-install iLife - (Me wildly Guessing - hopefully WRONG - Anyone Please HELP ! ). I haven't the faintest idea how to repair - if content in ROOT LIBRARY - been deleted.

     

    That's why I use to recomend.

     

    Best way to figure out if there is a corrupted iMovie pref. file is by - Creating a new User-account and log into this. If iMovie now behaves - then the problem is just this at 99.9%

     

    And staying in this new account is safe.

     

    Yours - Very Sorry - Bengt W

  • chazXstreme Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    UPDATE ON THIS ISSUE: I recreated the entire video in a new Project. When selecting Share --> iTunes, it started up all systems go like there was no issue with regards to the: "The project could not be prepared for publishing because an error occurred. (Error in user parameter list)" message.

     

    It started to process but then prompted: "Could not complete. Not enough memory. May have to close iMovie and restart." (or something like that).

     

    So I went to close & restart iTunes, but before doing so I deleted the original Project I created that was giving me the initial problem. I figured I didn't need it any more and perhaps it was taking up space.

     

    I closed iTunes & relaunched. Upon trying to Share the newly created Project, I received the original: "Error in user parameter list" message and am now right back where I started.

     

    With regards to the new user angle. I logged in with my wife's account, created an iMovie Project and was able to successfully share it. So what does that tell us regarding my account? Can that be fixed? Or do I have to always log in as a different user to use iMovie?

     

    Thank you.

  • hitchner Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    gilhouse,

     

    I experienced the same error as you and got the cryptic message about "Error in user parameter list."

     

    After exploring and trying a few things mentioned by others in this thread, I discovered I did not have the latest version of iMovie '11 installed. After I updated my iMovie app from the App Store to version 9.0.4, my problem was solved, and I was able to publish my movie in all format sizes with no more errors.

     

    Unfortunately, I guess that won't help you because I see in your crash repoty that you already have version 9.0.4 installed. But, maybe some of the others have old versions and installing the latest will solve their problems.

  • Saitaku Calculating status...

    I found that all it took for me was a simple restart of the system. After the restart the issue completely disappeared.

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