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Why does iMovie '11 fail to save sometimes? What can I do so this won't happen?

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dgbmunger Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jan 16, 2013 1:43 PM

Why does iMovie '11 fail to save sometimes? What can I do so this won't happen? My movie is currently 50 minutes long. I am using Super8 digitized video, kodacolor photos, scrolling text in titles.

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • KarenSelena Level 4 Level 4 (1,905 points)

    What do you mean, it fails to save??  Do you mean, you created a project out of some event footage, then editted the project, however when you quit iMovie and then re-launch it, it did not save your changes?

     

    Is your OS 10.6.8  ?

    Is your version of iMovie, iMovie 11 version 9.0.4  ?

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,810 points)

    This is the iPhoto forum - you will get better iMovie results in the iMovie forum

     

    LN

  • KarenSelena Level 4 Level 4 (1,905 points)

    iMovie builds it's cache files very quickly, so one of the first troubleshooting steps I would advise, is quitting iMovie, and restarting the computer.   This refreshes your computer cache files, as well as iMovie cache files.  If the issue persists, do the following:

     

    Start by repairing your disk permissions.  To do this, select "Go" in the top menu bar, then Utilities, then disk utility.  When the window opens, select the "Mac HD" in the left column.  Ensure that the tab in the middle of the screen has "first aid" selected, then, click once on the button that says "repair disk permissions".  Wait for this to finish.

     

    - quit iMovie

    - click finder in the dock, so the word finder appears beside the apple.  Also note in the top menu, is the word "Go", click the go menu and then hold down your option key on your keyboard.  This will make a "library" appear under your home in the Go drop down.   Select the library, then go to your preferences folder. 

     

    There, look for the following files, and drag them out to your desktop:

         - com.apple.iApps.plist

         - com.apple.iMovieAPP.plist

     

    Go back one screen by clicking the backward arrow and select the "Caches folder", or go back to "Go" hold down your option key on your keyboard, and select the library, the folder entitled "Caches"

     

    There, look for the following files, and drag them out to your desktop:

         - com.apple.iMovieAPP

     

    Launch iMovie and test it. 

     

    If the issue persists, it may be project related.

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