Currently Being ModeratedDec 21, 2012 8:47 PM (in response to wadzee)
I know that some fixes only work for some people but I have had multiple problems with pics and iMovie 11. My work around will probably only work for those who can add pics to one project but not another. If you have a corrupted project and can't add stills then start a new project with the same settings and add all the photos you want in your other project. Keep them atleast 1 second long and in the order you want them in your other project for your own convenience. Make any adjustments here and export the movie at max quality. Then import the published Picture movie as an event. You now have all your pics formatted safely as video. Next scroll through each pic/2 finger click/select: add still to project. Each still will add to the bottom of your corrupted project and will use far less memory/heap zone erors than ever before. Publish and enjoy!
Hope it works for you!
Currently Being ModeratedDec 28, 2012 2:13 PM (in response to Daryl DuLong)
Thenk you bennynormal for the workaround! Tried and it helps. Additional tip: if you have to rename too namy pictures, just use some "mass file renaming" tool, such as R-Name.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 2, 2013 8:28 PM (in response to bko1989)
I am having the same problem. I tried the renaming of my pictures but it only worked for 2 pictures. I was able to add 2 but then when I added more it went back to displaying a previous picture. I have been working on this for the several days and recreated it 3 times now. I am so frustrated and not sure what I can do. I can't go to a apple store becasue the closest one is 2 hours away.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 3, 2013 10:22 AM (in response to zabaksmers17)
I'm glad some people are having good results, sorry if its not working for you. I still have consistently working results here and I have to use my workaround weekly with a continuously updating project. good luck!
Currently Being ModeratedJan 20, 2013 4:31 AM (in response to Nappe1)
Just ran into this problem today and managed to work around it with minimal effort. Apparently importing straight from iPhoto does not work (why should it ? They are both Apple..) so what I did was copying the images from iPhoto to e.g. Desktop and import them from there by dragging and dropping. All was fine and even the image that showed up wrong before now looks good. So, forget importing from iPhoto and use the workflow via a folder. Pita, but there you go.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 23, 2013 9:19 AM (in response to bko1989)
I fixed this for several students by deleting the Preference files...Close iMovie, GO to ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.iMovieApp.plist and .lockfile. Re-open imove and edit the project....Worked for all of them so far and easier then renaming a bunch of pics.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 26, 2013 8:56 PM (in response to cmccarville)
I can't believe this issue has been around for years! I'm a recent Mac convert and was playing around with iMovie for the first time tonight. Everything was going great until suddenly I could no longer properly add photos! I tried deleting ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.iMovieApp.plist but it didn't make any difference for me.
Apple, please fix this issue! I don't want to make a bunch of copies elsewhere as a workaround. I already have over 100GB of photos so I don't want to duplicate things! What a disappointment.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 29, 2013 3:38 PM (in response to bko1989)
Sounds like you have two issues.
First rebuild your iPhoto thumbnail database. Check apple support on how to do this. Easy.
Second problem delete your iMovie thumbnails forcing them to be recreated for all existing iMovie events. You can find these thumbnail folders in you ~/movies/iMovie related folders.
Thirdly relaunch iMovie and your projects should now work. Ta.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 22, 2014 1:39 PM (in response to bko1989)
I have been trying to figure this out for hours and was dealing with the same issue.
If you come up with a unique name for the picture and save either to your thumbs or desktop, something totally new and THEN drag it, it should take care of the problem. Worked for me!