Currently Being ModeratedFeb 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)
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
Currently Being ModeratedMay 29, 2013 11:54 PM (in response to aapound)
I was having this problem and then I read another post (https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2644141?start=0&tstart=0) 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.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 30, 2013 7:23 AM (in response to barkofdelight)
Thanks, barkofdelight, for the solution-oriented note while many of us are just venting our frustration at this point. Unfortunately, I am aware of the "Done" button and use it consistently, and it makes no difference. I've had a number of conversations with higher-level troubleshooters at Apple, and this solution, among other things, was suggested. In the end, a rep told me that iMovie is a cheap program that can't be relied on for "advanced" function, that file corruption is causing the inability to save and there is no available fix, and that I should probably consider a more advanced editing program. I am only using the program for what Apple claims it can do.
I don't include this comment to ignite more anger, since I appreciate the rep's candor, but my impression is that Apple doesn't plan to spend money or time improving such an inexpensive program.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 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?
Currently Being ModeratedMay 30, 2013 9:30 AM (in response to barkofdelight)
I'll work with Premiere Pro CS6 for now — just because I already own it — and hope the learning curve won't be too great (I'm a print and web CD). Eventually, I'll get Final Cut Pro, since that's the standard set by people I work with. Right now, I need something I can use myself. For bigger jobs, I'll hire a pro.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 30, 2013 9:45 AM (in response to sabatica)
It's a bigger problem than that. It didn't even retain the change of one system font to another — both standard fonts used in iMovie. It didn't appear to be a matter of font management outside iMovie, although we spent much time troubleshooting that possibility. As a nod to Bill Clinton's war room sign, "It's the economy, stupid," I've had a sign for many years that reads, "It's the font, stupid," because you can almost ALWAYS trace a computer problem to the fonts. But here, I'm not convinced. Whatever the cause, iMovie is not playing nice, and I'm moving on!