9 Replies Latest reply: Nov 11, 2012 8:53 AM by betaneptune
csims473 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have been searching the forums for an answer to this issue, but nothing seems to be working.  I have a 24 minute long project which consists of still photos, video clips, music from itunes and sound effects.  Many transitions and titles as well.  When I try to export using Media Browser, I get an error saying there is not enough room in heap zone (whatever that is!).  When I try to export using QuickTime, I get an error saying there is an error in the parameter list.  Please help!!


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • 1. Re: Cannot finalize or export project in iMovie!
    Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (19,160 points)

    Hi

     

    Error -108 memFullErr  Ran out of memory [not enough room in heap zone]

     

    Turn off - TimeMachine usually works - re-try.

    (the Application down in the Dock - not the Device)

     

    But this can mean many thing's - My first thought is

    • Free Space on Start-Up hard disk. How much ? (other disks do not count)

    Yours Bengt W

  • 2. Re: Cannot finalize or export project in iMovie!
    csims473 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Turning off Time Machine was one of the first things I tried.  No luck.  This is probably a stupid question, but how do I free up space on my startup disk?  The project is not that large, and this is a fairly new computer (9 months).  I really don't think it is a space issue...

  • 3. Re: Cannot finalize or export project in iMovie!
    Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (19,160 points)

    Free Space on Start-Up hard disk. How much ?

     

    Most probably You got lot's of it - But it's not hard to fill this with movie material - My minimums are

    • for SD-Video works - minimum is 25Gb free space

    • for HD-Material used - then I keep at least 100-150Gb free space (when all is imported and edited - so one might have to start from/with 200-300Gb free space)

     

    To free up space I do

    • Use an external hard disk

    • Must Be - Mac OS Extended formatted (mine are journaled) - UNIX/DOS/FAT32/Mac OS Exchange will not do for VIDEO Works (- iMovie, iDVD or FinalCut no matter)

    • Move iMovie Event's and iMovieProject's - WITHIN iMovie Application - NOT Move or alter any folders named like that on DeskTop/Finder as connection to iMovie WILL BREAK !

    • FireWire or Thunderbolt - As USB/USB2 performs badly to me - especially when disk is filling up and IF HD-Material is used !

     

    Yours Bengt W

  • 4. Re: Cannot finalize or export project in iMovie!
    csims473 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Bengt,

    Well, as it turns out, I think you were right and it was a space issue.  I had about 250 GB free space, but when I tried to make a 1080p HD video, it never would work.  I deleted some things, and tried HD 720p video and it worked fine.  Another thing I did was delete all still frames from video that I had inserted.  They seemed to make iMovie act very strange and crash on me.

     

    One question: I use my external hard drive for backups only, and really don't want to trust one to hold important projects (I have had two fail on me).  Once I share a project with Media Browser, and make a DVD project with iDVD, can I then delete the project and all related video from iMovie?  If so, that would free up a lot of space...

     

    I am still new to this program, and am not sure if everything in iMovie is a duplicate of what is in iPhoto (stills and video) and iTunes, or if it just links to those programs.

  • 5. Re: Cannot finalize or export project in iMovie!
    rickfromcourtenay Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I also am having crashing problems with iMovie'11 whenever I try exporting a completed Project to Quicktime. Tried everything on the internet so far. My techies even tried my Project on their new iMac and it crashed as well. I"m currently rebuilding my iPhoto Library as suggested by ilikness. My techies believe it's not a hardware problem or memory either, but corrupted files. Problem is, Projects I completed months ago and successfully exported now cause iMovie to crash.

     

    BTW, iMovie does not duplicate image or music files, it just creates links to them. That's why you need to export a completed Project to, say, Quicktime to convert it into a single .mov file for sharing, uploading etc.

  • 6. Re: Cannot finalize or export project in iMovie!
    betaneptune Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have reogranized my project folders in Finder several times without a problem. Just keep them in the iMovie Projects folder tree and you'll be all right. I find it much easier to reorganize them than dragging and finding just the right spot to make the projects scroll in the project browser. I would NOT move event files though. That WILL break things, though if you put them back the way there were, all will be well again.

     

    Move projects files in Finder? OK. Just keep them in the iMovie Projects folder tree, and restart iMovie when done. (Tested with iMovie 9.0.4.)

     

    Move event files in Finder? NO.

     

    Works for me.

     

    AEF

  • 7. Re: Cannot finalize or export project in iMovie!
    betaneptune Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Oh, you can move folders, too. Again, just keep everything in the iMovie Projects folder, restart iMovie, and all will be fine.

     

    AEF

  • 8. Re: Cannot finalize or export project in iMovie!
    rickfromcourtenay Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I have found a solution to my iMovie '11 crashing when exporting a completed Project to Quicktime .mov file: I upgraded from Lion to Mountain Lion. After trying every solution found on the internet to no avail, I suspected Lion had some incompatibility problems and I was right. Yippee!

  • 9. Re: Cannot finalize or export project in iMovie!
    betaneptune Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    A good friend of mine told me Mountain Lion was much better than Lion, so I'm not surprised. This is also a good example of why not to rush to version .0 of anything. I was burned going to ios5. It made it almost impossible forme to use the video scrubber. Everytime I tried I either missed or activated the Notifications pull-down curtain. Finally Apple issued a new version that fixed that. Myself I'm actually still using Snow Leopard. I see no compelling reason to upgrade, unless someone can tell me the fixes and bugs introced in iMovie 9.0.8 compared to 9.0.4 (the latest version that runs on Snow Leopard). Would the world come to an end if software companies would list bug fixes and the like with upgrades? This is something that DEC (Digital Equipment Coroporation) was very good at, at least for its VMS operating system. --AEF