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iMovie text styles keep reverting to default

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Feb 22, 2013 2:24 PM

I've altered type styles in iMovie, finalized the video and exported to youtube without issue, but the next day, when I reopen the Project, some of the type styles have reverted to the default styles, and I have to restyle text. In some cases, I will copy a Project to create a variation of the video, and some of the old, default type styles will appear in the copy, even though the original is fine. There appears to be no way to manually save these changes permanently. It's causing me to delay delivery of a job. Any insights?

MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid 2010), Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (18,950 points)
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    Feb 22, 2013 11:52 PM (in response to aapound)



    Do I know - NO - BUT I've a general approache


    If iMovie used to behave in one way - then suddenly stops doing so e.g. after a Panic/Forced Halt (very common origin)


    then most probably the iMovie pref. file got corrupted


    this file contains settings as PAL or NTSC and other things that one want iMovie to keep till started next time. May be choice of font and size too.


    Trach this iMovie pref file - and it will revert to factory settings - then set it at Your liking and it most probably will remain.


    • Delete iMovie pref. file


    iMovie pref. file resides.

    Mac Hard Disk (start-up HD)/Users/"Your account"/Library/Preferences

    and is named. (one or more of these)


    and find


    While iMovie is NOT RUNNING - move this/these file/s out on to desk-top.

    Now restart iMovie.


    If You run Mac OS X.7 or more - then the Library in the User-account folder is invisibly and need to be set to be viewable. IT IS NOT in the Library on Root level (when opening MacintoshHD - first window = root level)


    ( It can be done like this: Open Terminal, then enter: chflags nohidden ~/Library

    Press return, then restart, and it will always be visible until the next major update, when you do the same thing again. )


    or - do like this. 


    On the Finder window at the top left of the screen,

    Hold down the Option key and clicked on Go

    This allowed You to see the Library folder and select it. 

    Then keep the Option button pressed down in order to see and select the Library folder. 

    Once found it, You are able to navigate to the iMovie preferences file and move it to the trash.  iMovie then start’s up fine! 


    Yours Bengt W

  • barkofdelight Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    May 29, 2013 11:54 PM (in response to aapound)

    I was having this problem and then I read another post ( which was more general ("IMovie '11 is not always saving changes").


    Anyway, to make a long story short, one person noticed that the problem was intermittent and he ended up having success by playing around with different ways of editing in the program. This led me to experiment as well.


    Note that when you edit a title it changes the appearance of the playback window to indicate that you are in edit mode:



    Notice the "Done" button in the upper right? Well, what I found was that I was often not bothering pressing that. I assumed that clicking elsewhere in the project or choosing another object to edit was an implicit "Done". So I did some experimentation and found that when I explicitly pressed the "Done" button, my changes were being saved.


    Now of course, I know this is one of those "voodoo" solutions that really hasn't been tested extensively, so take it for what it's worth—a clue as to the real problem and perhaps a helpful hint.

  • barkofdelight Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    May 30, 2013 9:22 AM (in response to aapound)

    Yes, aapound, I understand. Apple seems to have lost enthusiasm for this program. I will guess why: They intended to make a simple program for people to edit the home movies of their vacation and it quickly snowballed into a huge endeavor as the features kept creeping. (I think iWeb fell victim to a similar problem.)


    But even so, the bugs in iMovie are extensive and inexcusable. Even something as "Apple-defining" as cut-n-paste doesn't work reliably.


    But anyway, for my simple videos it's working acceptably.


    WRT file corruption, somebody on the other thread suggested using "Duplicate Project" as a way to create a new project which would (in theory) start out uncorrupted.


    So what program did you choose as an alternative?

  • sabatica Level 2 Level 2 (210 points)
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    May 30, 2013 9:38 AM (in response to aapound)

    Are you referring to fonts used returning back to the Mac OSX system default?


    If so this has little to do with iMovie.

  • sabatica Level 2 Level 2 (210 points)
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    May 30, 2013 9:48 AM (in response to aapound)

    Well if you are moving on I understand. However the issue you posed based on the info you stated does sound like Font Book is guilty to name the beginning.


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