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imovie won't load project file after crash

2030 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Aug 21, 2013 12:48 AM by sacofat RSS
d3bing Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Feb 19, 2013 7:18 PM

Hi All,


I was almost done with an iMovie project, and while I watching the preview, iMovie crashed.

After I opened iMovie again, the project was there anymore. I can see all other projects but the project I want, the one I was working on when it crashed.


I checked the forum for similar problems but no solution worked so far. The file is in the Projects Folder, I can even see the preview a thumbnail of the project.

Here is what I tried so far:




Moving file to a different location

Renaming the file

clicking twice on the file to open

Transfered the file to another Mac (with event files)

Deleted iMovie and reinstalled from AppStore

rebooted many times


None of this worked so far. The file is there, 13MB, but nothing seems to recognize the file into iMovie.


Mountain Lion latest version. iMovie 11 latest version.


Please help, a load of work was put into this and I need to finish the movie by Thursday.

All help appreciate it.

iMovie '11, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • John Cogdell Level 5 Level 5 (4,595 points)
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    Feb 19, 2013 10:34 PM (in response to d3bing)

    There are a number of others here having the same problem (including me), where the project appears in Finder in the iMovie Projects folder but is not listed in the Project Library in iMovie. The project just seems to disappear from the Library.


    Here is a link to a recent topic. It includes a post by me where I've provided links to other topics regarding this issue.



    You've given an excellent summary of things you've tried. I've also tried most of those, but haven't as yet reinstalled iMovie. As I have Final Cut Pro X, I also attempted to open the project file in that app with no success. FCP X crashed just after loading, after I had selected from the menu - File > Import > iMovie Project.


    You can submit feedback to Apple - from iMovie's Menu select iMovie > Provide iMovie Feedback.


    Sorry I can't help you solve this.



    MacBook Pro (15-inch Late 2008), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), Sony HDR-SR7 & DCR-TRV20E
  • GasbagJ Calculating status...
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    Apr 20, 2013 9:26 AM (in response to d3bing)

    Help! This has just happened to me too!  What is going on Apple???  We even have a copy on a memory stick but it still won't open in iMovie.  If anyone has found a solution to this I would be very very grateful for the help I have a very upset teenager here who has lost her school project.



  • sacofat Calculating status...
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    Aug 21, 2013 12:48 AM (in response to d3bing)

    Same problem here..

    I have tried all of the above and also restored iMovie and the project folder to states prior to the malfunction using Time Machine and none of that worked.


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