5 Replies Latest reply: Oct 26, 2012 5:45 PM by dmg61
Brentfcp Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have been inputing video footage into imovie, usung my external hardrive as the place to store the events with the footage. The external drive was accidentally disconnected and now imovie doesn't show my internal or external drive in my events library. help!

  • 1. Re: My internal and external drives don't show in event library
    dmg61 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I started having this problem about 4 months ago.  All my hard drives disappeared from the Event Library window in iMovie 9.0.4 (including my internal drive).   I currently have two USB drives and two Western Digital FW800 drives.   I can still save video from my camera, all drives show in the selection window when saving but I usually use one of the FW800 drives.   All drives are formatted Mac OS Extended (Journaled) and were working just fine.  None of the drives are used for Time Machine.    Any guesses as to why they have all disappeared from the Event Viewer window all of a sudden?   Perhaps a corrupt file some where ?

  • 2. Re: My internal and external drives don't show in event library
    AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,340 points)

    Here are some guesses.

     

    1) Make sure VIEW/EVENTS BY DISK is selected.

    2) Make sure the iMovie Projects folder and the iMovie Events folder on the external drive are at the top level of the drive. If they are within another folder, iMovie will not see them.

    3) If you open iMovie within another user account, and everything works fine, then this is probably a corrupt preferences file. You can correct by trashing your preferences, as described here.

    https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-4061

  • 3. Re: My internal and external drives don't show in event library
    dmg61 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for your input AppleMan1958.

     

    1) Make sure VIEW/EVENTS BY DISK is selected.

     

         Check, had already tried this but nothing shows no matter what I do.

     

     

    2) Make sure the iMovie Projects folder and the iMovie Events folder on the external drive are at the top level of the drive. If they are within another folder, iMovie will not see them.

     

         Check, all 4 drives have these folders at the top level.

     

    3) If you open iMovie within another user account, and everything works fine, then this is probably a corrupt preferences file. You can correct by trashing your preferences, as described here.

    https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-4061

     

         Tried this, no difference I'm afraid.  Also, all four accounts on this computer exhibit the same behavior.  All drives and projects show in the Projects window but nothing shows in the Events window.   I even created a brand new account and it's doing the same thing.   

     

    One other little detailed I should have mentioned.   I had a hard drive "failure" just before this started but managed to coax all the information from the failing drive on to a new one before it failed completely  (interface issue on the external case and not a problem with the hard drive itself, I am now using the drive in a dock as a backup drive).   I now realize it would have been preferable to copy the movies to the new drive within iMovie but at the time was just focused on trying to save the information so did it through the OS.  As it was I had to resort to copying individual clips from the old drive to the new because copying more than a couple of Gig at a time would fail.

     

    I'm starting to consider picking up a new internal drive and re-installing everything from scratch and then manually copying over the user data files to make sure nothing corrupt gets copied over ?

  • 4. Re: My internal and external drives don't show in event library
    AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,340 points)

    One more thing to try.

     

    Find the iMovie Events folder at the top level of your external drive in the Finder. Right-click on the iMovie Events folder and select GET INFO. Look at the box that says NAME AND EXTENSION. It should say iMovie Events.localized

     

    If it dies not have the .localized extension, try adding it and restart iMovie.

  • 5. Re: My internal and external drives don't show in event library
    dmg61 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks again for the tip.

     

    All iMovie Events folders did have the .localized extension.