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Can't iMove '11 project file and Events to another Mac

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Driggs Calculating status...
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Apr 24, 2012 3:29 AM

Hello all.


I have been working on an iMovie '11 project for weeks on a Macbook Pro and, after filling up my HDD, want to move to a, newer larger Macbook Pro.  All the source material of the project have been from my video/photographic camera why I first import as Events in iPhoto (so I see the "iPhoto Videos" Event Library in iMovie and work that way).


Problem is, when I attach an external HDD (properly formatted) to my older Macbook and then try to copy or move the project file to it, it only copies the project file - it does NOT come up with the prompt asking whether I wish to copy the project file alone or the associated Events also!!  This is baffling - I have tried everything from restarting, ensuring the HDD is formatted to Mac OS Extended (Journaled), etc.  The only possible "hurdle" I can see is that I only have 10G free on my Macbook HDD from (from which I want to copy) but this does not explain why the prompt does not appear.


The target external HDD is empty so that is not an issue either.


Any ideas?

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



    Any ideas?


    Yes - it's not done that way ! !


    Do not move or alter any folder named

    • iMovie Event's - or -

    • iMovie Project's

    As this results in that the link to iMovie break - and this can be from hard to impossibly to mend.


    All movings of Event's and Project's are supposed to be done WITHIN iMovie Application. And easiest way to get it done is to connect Your LapTop via FireWire (must be FireWire) and LapTop set into Target mode (Keep T down during up-Start). Now it will act as an external hard disk and You'll see it in iMovie Event/Project windows and can here drag and drop Events/Projects at Your liking.


    Yours Bengt W

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

    Then the problem is more severe and as I see it in one of two places


    • the external Hard Disk - formatted wrongly or in need of test - I would much more want to test with MacBook connected via FW and in Target-mode and see if this helps


    • or with the iMovie application - I would

    Trash iMovie pref file in Library IN USER Folder (not the one on first level on the Start-Up hard disk)

    Trash iMovie Cache files as well

    Run Repair Permissions


    Usually this helps - if not Please return


    Yours Bengt W

  • Russ New Boy Calculating status...



    I had problems finding the imovie plist files.  If you open Finder, select Go from the dropdown down menu and then press the Alt key you will see Library added to the list of items.  If you select this Library folder and then open the Preferences folder, the iMovie plist files will be there - this is the library folder Bengt is referring to above I believe.



  • Russ New Boy Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    You'll find the iMovie cache folder in this Library also.

  • Russ New Boy Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)



    I have never shared files from iPhoto, I have always exported the files from iPhoto and re-imported them into iMovie.


    However, I would suggest dragging the project from one mac to another. Then open the project in the destination Mac and select file/consolidate media. That should copy the files across.



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

    I can not see any Easy Quick fix but I would try


    • in iMovie Copy Project's incl Event's over to an external hard disk (or Mac in Target-mode)

    • Copy iPhoto Library over via DeskTop/Finder to same device

    • Put iPhoto Copy in Picture folder on Target Mac

    • Start iPhoto on Target Mac - BUT KEEP alt-key down - select the moved iPhoto Library

    • Close iPhoto and open iMovie on this Mac



    • Event's - should have copied over

    • Project's - should have also copied over OK

    • and at the top of Event's window You should find iPhoto Movies


    And - Your Project should also find all parts to be able to run


    If You used Audio from

    • Audio-CD - insert it - as iMovie don't do any copy but will look for it (the CD)

    • Audio from GarageBand & iTunes - Have to be moved too to their proper relative places


    BUT - this is just a teorethical suggestion - And it's about the same as I do with FinalCut material.


    Yours Bengt W

  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (18,920 points)
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    Apr 25, 2012 11:11 PM (in response to Driggs)

    Then iMovie is ill behaving - and I would do

    • trash iMovie pref files

    • trash iMovie Cache file

    • repair permissions

    • repair hard disk (still Disk Util tool - but You need to start Your Mac from DVD or other external hard disk - can not do brain surgery on one self)


    Yours Bengt W

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