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Pictures inserted into iMovie wrong or blank

591 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Oct 29, 2012 9:02 AM by Markcw98a RSS
Markcw98a Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Oct 24, 2012 2:47 PM

My apologies up front as I know this has been flagged by others.   But, no one seems to have found a solution for this yet and my situation may be a little different.  I have a 2009 imac running Lion (10.7.5).   I did install the iPhoto and  iMovie '11 updates.    I was editing a project in iMovie- adding pictures from iPhoto from within the iMovie application.   Then I got an error message saying I had to restart my Mac.   That happened and then iPhoto would not open.   I had to rebuild the database for iPhoto (using opt+cmd) per another thread.   That worked and then I went back to iMovie and noticed that all the pictures that I had added to the project I was working on were playing as a black screen.   The thumbnails were there- just no picture played.   I also noticed that iMovie was less responsive, getting the spinning pinwheel a lot.   I tried deleting all the pictures I had inserted (all the video segments played fine) thinking that somehow the pictures were corrupted after the database rebuild.   When I tried adding pictures back in, a picture different from the thumbnail played- or it was black screen again. 


I also tried opening a new project and inserting still pictures- they played as they should.   I am guessing that my original project file is corrupted.   Is there a way to recover it so I can add still pictures?   Again- the video segments play fine.   


I did see a suggestion to delete some cache files- but I could not find them.   I also read that others tried this and still had the issue.   I would appreciate directions on how to find the files I need to delete- if that is a solution.   Or- any other ideas.    Thanks. 



iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.4), Also iPad2 and legacy iPhone.
  • John Cogdell Level 5 Level 5 (4,595 points)
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    Oct 28, 2012 5:20 AM (in response to Markcw98a)

    Hi Mark,


    Trashing iMovie's preference file will often fix problems, but may not help with your situation (but worth trying).


    Go to your User (Home) folder Library/Preferences (not the Library folder at the top level in Macintosh HD). Similar to Mountain Lion, on Lion the User Library folder will be hidden (unlike pre-Lion OS X versions). To access it, click on Go in the Finder menu bar, then press and hold down the Option key - the Library folder will appear in the drop down list, enabling access to it.


    In the Preferences folder, locate a file named "". With iMovie closed, drag this file to the Desktop. When next opened, iMovie will create a fresh preference file with the default settings (you can change these settings in the menu item "IMovie>Preferences" if desired). If iMovie is now running smoothly, it's OK to drag the old preference file to the Trash. Trashing the file will not harm your existing Events or Projects.



    MacBook Pro (15-inch Late 2008), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), Sony HDR-SR7 & DCR-TRV20E


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