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Using iPhoto in iMovie HD 6

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I have a problem which I have seen others post but so far I haven't seen an answer. I am using iMovie HD 6 and iPhoto 6. When I use the media section of iMovie the audio section showns Garage Band and iTunes files but when I select the photos the list is empty and says that I need to start iPhoto. iPhoto has been started and has photos in it's library but they don't show up in iMovie.

Does anybody know how to correct this?

Thanks

iBook G4   Mac OS X (10.4.5)  
  • Karl Petersen Calculating status...
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    Apr 1, 2006 7:21 AM (in response to alanhbower)
    What EXACTLY does the error message say?

    If it is "Launch iTunes 3 or later to populate this list" then try trashing the iMovie preference file. That fixes the problem here.

    The name is "com.apple.iMovie.plist", in the YourUserName/Library/Preferences folder.

    Be sure to quit iMovie before trashing the file.

    Karl
    Dual 1 GHz G4, Mac OS X (10.4.5), Sony TRV 900, HDTV, Cinema Display
  • Karl Petersen Level 6 Level 6 (15,170 points)
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    Apr 1, 2006 9:27 AM (in response to alanhbower)
    The error message says "Launch iPhoto 2 or later to
    populate this list"


    Hmmm. Something is preventing iMovie from "talking" to iPhoto.

    (Everything that follows is grasping at straws, so if someone knows the solution to that particular error message, please speak up.)

    Can you think of anything that might cause that? Have you changed the name of the iPhoto app, for example? Are the photos stored in an unusual place? On a disk with a strange name, perhaps a name containing punctuation characters?

    You might try activating iPhoto and making a change to an Album — add a photo or something. Then click on a different Album. Does anything change in iMovie?

    Interestingly, iMovie 6 Help says it requires iPhoto 4, not iPhoto 2. (An error message may need updating, of course.)

    Here's what Help says:

    "I don't see any photos in the Photos pane.

    You must have iPhoto version 4 or later to see photos in the Photos pane of iMovie HD. You must have also opened iPhoto at least one time on your computer to be able to access your iPhoto library from iMovie HD."

    [End of quote.]

    There might be a Library problem in iPhoto. For information about that, search iPhoto Help for "Library". One topic says this about switching between libraries. Switching — or re-choosing the current library — might help:

    "To switch between photo libraries:
    Quit iPhoto.
    Rename your current iPhoto Library folder in the Finder or move it to a new location on your hard disk, and then open iPhoto.
    Tip: If you don't want to rename or move your current iPhoto Library folder, hold down the Option key while opening iPhoto.

    Click Choose Library.
    Choose the library you want to display.
    Click Open.
    The library appears in the Source list. Any photos you import will be added to this library."

    Karl
    Dual 1 GHz G4, Mac OS X (10.4.5), Sony TRV 900, HDTV, Cinema Display
  • Karl Petersen Level 6 Level 6 (15,170 points)
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    Apr 2, 2006 11:15 AM (in response to alanhbower)
    I'm stumped, Alan.

    The only thing I can suggest until this problem resolves itself is to import photos to iMovie some other way. One I like is to drag the photos from the iPhoto window into the iMovie timeline. (First use the Photo Settings window to configure the import settings.)

    I prefer that method anyway, for the small photos list in iMovie is too small for my taste.

    The only other thing I can think of to try is to create a new user, add photos to that user's iPhoto library, and try iMovie with that. If it works, at least that tells you it CAN work. Perhaps you can transfer that iMovie prefs file to YOUR Preferences folder.

    Karl
    Dual 1 GHz G4, Mac OS X (10.4.5), Sony TRV 900, HDTV, Cinema Display
  • Karl Petersen Level 6 Level 6 (15,170 points)
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    Apr 2, 2006 5:57 PM (in response to alanhbower)
    Also my iMovie project is on an external firewire drive but when I add themes
    clips it doesn't save them properly.


    Aha! If the drive is formatted Mac OS Extended but iMovie still isn't saving correctly, try changing user permissions on the drive. Open the Finder's Get Info window on the drive and set it to ignore permissions. Then open the project and try it again.

    Also, of course, make sure there aren't third-party iMovie plug-ins or QuickTime plug-ins that may be causing problems for iMovie.
    http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=1852869#1852869

    Someone else had a similar problem. She reformatted with Journaling ON and everything started working. (Perhaps reformatting the drive solved the problem, not the Journaling itself.)

    If all else fails, I'd consider reformatting the drive. That erases everything, so make backups first.

    Karl
    Dual 1 GHz G4, Mac OS X (10.4.5), Sony TRV 900, HDTV, Cinema Display
  • Karl Petersen Level 6 Level 6 (15,170 points)
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    Apr 4, 2006 8:55 AM (in response to alanhbower)
    The mystery remains as to why iPhoto doesn't show up in the media panel of iMovie or iDVD.


    Now that Divx plug-in has been removed, you might try trashing your iMovie preferences file again. Maybe everything will start working. (Be sure to first quit iMovie.)

    Karl
    Dual 1 GHz G4, Mac OS X (10.4.5), Sony TRV 900, HDTV, Cinema Display

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