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iMovie '11 is not always saving changes

56061 Views 114 Replies Latest reply: Dec 30, 2013 8:53 AM by Icelyn RSS
  • raccoonsofnewyork Calculating status...
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    Mar 17, 2013 12:36 PM (in response to Ennoxx)

    NO FIX FOR THIS ISSUE = NO WAY TO USE IMOVIE !!!  as of March 2013 I don't see a fix. If you are new to this discussion thread, don't waste time, go find another software.  Thousands of people wasted millions of hours on imovie because of this bug that is not fixed.

     

    END OF IMOVIE as I see it.....

  • rloro Calculating status...
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    Mar 19, 2013 5:01 AM (in response to raccoonsofnewyork)

    Same issue here. It's unbelieavable and upsetting. Apple where are you?

  • liveongreene.st. Calculating status...
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    Apr 24, 2013 7:28 AM (in response to ipilya)

    There appears still to be no fix for this issue. I have done software updates, and it's still happening. Text disappears randomly. C'mon Apple, we need a useable film editiing program here! If you're going to offer it you need to fix issues like these, or at least respond. Well, if you want your customers to be satisfied, that is.

     

    I'm bot buying Fonal Cut X, I'll find a work around for this. Maybe just not use text at all.

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    Apr 26, 2013 7:10 PM (in response to ipilya)

    Yep, I have it too.... come on Apple, this is really basic stuff!

  • Rojekj Calculating status...
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    May 5, 2013 2:57 PM (in response to petesguitar1)

    I have it as well. Just spent over 15 hours working on an Anniversary slide show and movie for my wife (over 30 minutes long) and now it appears I am losing data all over the place. What a sad ending to an otherwise great experience.

  • Icelyn Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 17, 2013 8:50 PM (in response to ipilya)

    I am experiencing no power to change the color of title fonts. Not even a temporary change before it doesn't get saved. It's like color change is not possible at all.

  • bddrhg Calculating status...
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    May 25, 2013 9:59 AM (in response to ipilya)

    I am extremely annoyed.  I have one of these magical apple computing machines.   It has iMovie 11 and edits videos pretty well.  You know, it's to be expected that applications will have bugs. It is also expected that bugs get fixed in a timely manner.  What I can't fathom is WHY HAS THIS THREAD BEEN RUNNING FOR 3+ YEARS AND NO FIX. 

     

    I am a very technical user, have done software development, more comfortable on the command line than in the gui... and have no problems with the workarounds suggested...  What is unbelievably frustrating is sacrificing hours of sleep tinkering with a project to make it perfect, closing the project trusting in the magical no-save feature (and possibly a fail-safe error message if it really didn't save), then waking up in the morning to find HOURS WASTED SINCE IMOVIE DID NOT SAVE MY CHANGES. 

     

    I thought, "relax, there is something you are not doing right, the internets will prove it...", but alas, it is a silly little bug that has been happening for years now.  Years. 

     

    Well...  I'm going through the apple bug report hoops, just needed to vent.  I'm better now but have lost some serious respect for apple.  It's unfortunate, but a fact of the software development lifecycle that at least in the short term, maintenance and bug fixes do little to impress shareholders. 

  • G-Berg Calculating status...
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    Jun 2, 2013 6:53 AM (in response to bddrhg)

    Can you confirm you were running iMovie 9.0.9?  Your post is May 25 and the update came out earlier in May but it didn't show up on my App Store updates until recently...

  • aapound Calculating status...
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    Jun 2, 2013 7:47 AM (in response to G-Berg)

    I have the latest version, and the problem persists. I've tried every recommendation on this forum and worked directly with Apple to find a solution. To my knowledge, the latest upgrade does not correct this problem.

  • BookX Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Jun 2, 2013 11:55 AM (in response to aapound)

    I found something very interesting regarding iMovie. Here is what I did to overcome this face shifting title saving problem.

    I launched a new Finder window then I went to Applications folder and located iMovie icon. There, I right-clicked on iMovie and chose Show Package Contents from the pop-up. This got me to Contents folder and, in it, I located Resources folder and open it up. This folder contains sensitive files. There is a vast range of files from TIFF, audio, video and, a vast variety of Quartz Composition files in this folder. All the transitions,  titles and effects Quartz stuff required by iMovie are in this folder. Next, I made sure the files are listed by Kind in the Finder window and I started to check each and every Quartz file in the Cover Flow view, w/o opening them. In Finder Cover Flow view, the Quartz thumbs, play a couple frames and then stop. As I moved w/arrow keys from file to file, I noticed that some of them do not display correctly; they had this random puzzle like looking thumbs. So, I realized that many of those Quartz transitions and effects for iMovie, were created over the years with various versions of Quartz Composer and, their thumbnail has some trouble rendering in the Finder window. To make sure this theory is true, I had to re-save the Quartz files by changing Sharing & Permission Privilege of the Contents folder for myself to Read & Write to it. Opening each and every Quarts file, is a very time consuming process but the results are rewarding. The thumbnails are displaying correctly and finally, iMovie save it ALL.

     

    Before jumping to conclusion that this is it, please verify this method. I did this on two computers of mine and iMovie recovered in save functionality.

    Now I am exploring similar issues seen at GarageBand, iPhoto and, every application that is using Quartz.

     

    Please see the before and after screenshot of the file FarFarAwayTitle.qtz thumbnail below.

     

     

    Before

    Screen Shot 2013-06-02 at 10.17.21 AM.png

    After

    Screen Shot 2013-06-02 at 10.18.35 AM.png

     

     

    Best regards.

  • Ennoxx Calculating status...
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    Jun 12, 2013 5:32 AM (in response to Ennoxx)

    The latest update still doesn't fix this title problem. After spending 4 hours rmaking final adjustments mainly on titles within a project and they were erased. It's frustrating because I've updated these titles 3-4 times already. I'm aware of the problem and never try to quit iMovie when working on a project, however it forced my hand. After completing everything I tried to export the movie. It then stated that iMovie needs more memory so to quit and restart. Therefore, I HAD to restart the app and because of this lost another 4 hours of work. My Mac mini has 16 GB of RAM and at the time had 10GB free! Shame on me for thinking Apple may have actually fixed the problem a year later. This is the reason I took a year off from iMovie. What a dissappointment.

  • stilmant Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 12, 2013 10:53 AM (in response to Ennoxx)

    Same issue here! Title edit not aways saved. Almost a 3 years old issue... 40000 Views 100 Replies

    Is it a way to intensive raise that issue?

     

    That one of more critical issues ever happening in a work environment: Lost of work / user time!!

     

    Please if you don't know solution at least rease it where you can rease that...

  • gualo Calculating status...
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    Jun 12, 2013 11:25 AM (in response to stilmant)

    I don't know if this will work for others but here is my "solution" to this problem.

    I work on small to medium sized video projects so before closing the program I can afford to duplicate the project I'm working on. For some bizarre reason this causes iMovie to _identify_ and [forcibly?] save all unsaved changes, including titles, before it makes the copy, leaving me with a fully saved project as well as with a numbered copy that serves me as a fast versioning system. You could simply delete the duplicate if you're not interested in keeping it.

     

    Giving up hope on Apple on this I hope this works for and helps others

  • stilmant Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 12, 2013 2:36 PM (in response to gualo)

    Thanks gualo,

     

    I've seen that workaround and use it now, will see if it will working for me. (I'm working on a video project of 3 hours SD based on a footage of 8 hours.)

     

    But I maintain that the current situation is the presence of a dramatic bug (3 years old) in the product that needs correction from Apple.

     

    I don't knwo how to excalade it outside this forum? So if someone can do it... thanks

     

    Regards,

  • stilmant Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 15, 2013 12:19 AM (in response to stilmant)

    Just to let know that the solution "before closing the program duplicate the project" is not working. (was also doing the mystic trick to select the updated text and press done when correction on text was made)

    Some Title Text updates are not saved. Nor in the Original or in duplicate....

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