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iMovie crashes repeatedly when attempting to export movie (20 minutes)

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I have created an iMovie with mostly still photos and a few video clips.  The entire movie runs 20 mintues.  iMovie crashed 2x while creating the movie.  Now that it is finally complete, iMovie crashes consistently when trying to export in large format to Apple TV, to Facebook and to iDVD.  I am on an iMac 2.8 GHx Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB 1067 MHz DDR3 memory.  OS X 10.8.2.  Am I memory constained>  If so, can I add memory? 


Any help?

iMovie '11, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Lady Engineer Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    when using imovie, start it from a fresh boot. no other apps running. see if that helps.

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)

    It is probably not due to memory. 8GB should be enough.


    It could be several things. It could be that you have something else installed on your Mac that is causing a conflict. It could me that OSX was not installed correctly. It could be that iMovie should be reinstalled.

    The easiest thing to try is to trash the iMovie Preferences file and see if that helps.


    Here are instructions.

  • Lady Engineer Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    Do you have Roxio Toast installed. The Spin Doctor plugin causes problems. I removed the plugin and now can do very long video work. Also my system stability improved.

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)

    You would open Time Machine and navigate to the Movies/iMovie Projects folder. There you would find your project. You can go back in time using the arrows. Then click restore when you find an old version that you want to try.

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)

    There is one more thing to try.


    Go to the Project Linrary view.

    Select your project named Test.

    Click FILE/DUPLICATE PROJECT and name the new project Test - 1st half.

    Click FILE/DUPLICATE PROJECT again and name the new project TEST - 2nd half.


    Now open the project called Test - 1st half. Delete the second half of the movie, and try to Share the movie. If it shares, you know the corrupt clip is in the 2nd half. If it doesn't you can keep looking in the first half. Once again, make 2 duplicates and split it again. See if these will share.


    Do the same thing with the project called Test - 2nd half. Delete the first half of the movie and see if it will Share.


    Continue this duplication, deletion, and sharing until you narrow it down to the problem clip or clips.


    Go back to your original and delete the problem clips from the project. Then replace it with a clean copy of this clip from your event. Then try to Share again.


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