Currently Being ModeratedJan 7, 2013 11:10 PM (in response to Mandyvan77)
Remember: we cannot see your machine. There are 9 different versions of iPhoto and they run on 8 different versions of the Operating System. The tricks and tips for dealing with issues vary depending on the version of iPhoto and the version of the OS. So to get help you need to give as much information as you can. Basic things like :
- What version of iPhoto.
- What version of the Operating System.
- Details. As full a description of the problem as you can. For instance: 'iPhoto won't export' is best explained by describing how you are trying to export, and so on.
- History: Is this going on long? Has anything been installed or deleted?
- Are there error messages?
- What steps have you tried already to solve the issue.
- Anything unusual about your set up? Or how you use iPhoto?
Anything else you can think of that might help someone understand the problem you have.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 7, 2013 11:47 PM (in response to Terence Devlin)
OK, understood and thanks for replying.
I'm on a 15 inch Macbook Pro. If I go to About This Mac, it says Software: Mac OS X Lion 10.7.5 (11G63).
It's iPhoto '11, 9.4.2 (710.42).
I've never actually tried to delete a video from iPhoto as far as I remember. It's certainly the first time I've ever encountered the problem.
There are no error messages. It just emits that beep that tells you that's not a permissible manoeuvre.
So far I've tried the three usual ways to delete a photo (I can still delete photos, just not videos) and then scoured the forums for alternatives, with no luck. Actually everywhere I looked I found your name and was wondering if you'd end up replying to mine - you're kind of famous it seems;)
I didn't provide any more details earlier as it's a long and complicated story. Here is my attempt at a very abridged version:
Basically my husband and I have been traveling for the last eight years and have collected photos and videos on a variety of different devices, resulting in many different file formats and have attempted absolutely zero organisation (it got too hard too quickly). Some of them came from an old PC (taken on an old Nokia and an old Sony phone), many from our iPhones and some from a Sony handycam, a Sony SLR and an Olympus waterproof camera. They have also been split across our two Macbooks, and to top it off I have also killed one Macbook, which meant I had to rescue everything from that hard drive and stick it somewhere too.
While we have been terrible organisers, we have backed up everything, multiple times in multiple places (including a Time Machine, which is current right now), which has pretty much made everything worse - but at least not lost anything!
I have two weeks with no other obligations, so I want to get it all sorted out. With no clue idea where to start, I decided to start with the computer with the most on (the one I'm talking about here). I used Spotlight to find all videos on the computer via the extensions (we have .mov, .AVI, .mpg, .mp4 and .mts files. I think that's it - I had to research video file extensions before I did this), group them by file type in one place and then figure out what to do with them. If I ever sort this out I was thinking I'd do the same with photos.
Because iPhoto is the easiest from which to view everything and work on photos in general, I decided to start by putting the .mpg ones into it, knowing it would take them (and also knowing it would not take the .mts files but but thinking I would cross that bridge when I came to it). I 'figured' it would tell me if there were any duplicates (I already had quite a few videos in there to start with) when I imported them, and that I could easily start deleting and cleaning them up once I had them in iPhoto. However now I have found that I cannot delete them once in iPhoto.
I realise it's obvious by now that I am rather clueless with computers, but I had to start somewhere!
Thanks again for your help.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 8, 2013 12:32 AM (in response to Terence Devlin)
Just to be clear, first one came up with: The operation can’t be completed because the item can’t be found.
Second one (duplicate of first photo - there are twelve of this particular photo) took me to Finder.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 8, 2013 5:23 PM (in response to Terence Devlin)
I called Apple support this morning and have solved the problem. I had made a smart album with all of the videos that were contained in my iPhoto and I was trying to work from there because it was easy and logical, but iPhoto won't let you delete from there. So I had to right click, select 'show event' and delete from there. Problem solved!
Thanks for your help.