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iphoto crashes when exporting large images

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I recently imported 136 photos from my Nikon camera.  The images range in size from 9mb to 36mb.  After editing them, I attempted to export them using medium quality and large size (jpegs).  iPhoto crashed.  I then reduced the number of images i exported from all 136 to 20 at a time.  iPhoto crashed again.  When I reduced the number to 5 at a time, i was able to successfully export all the images.  Sometimes, depending on the individual size of images, I could export 10 at a time.  I did an additional experiment by taking 20 images that crashed iPhoto when attempting to export.  I changed the export options to low quality and small size and the export succeeded.  I have also completely rebuilt the database to ensure corruption was not the problem.

 

I am hoping there will be a fix so I don't have to export 5 images at a time.  Any other help would be greatly appreciated.

iPhoto '11, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3)
  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,810 points)
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    May 13, 2013 4:36 PM (in response to cbmcn)

    How much RAM do you have and how much free disk?

     

    LN

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (112,980 points)
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    May 13, 2013 5:53 PM (in response to cbmcn)

    Post the first 50 lines of the crash report.

     

    OT

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,810 points)
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    May 14, 2013 8:46 AM (in response to cbmcn)

    - not the cause  - as OT suggests post the crash log - it may have a clue

     

    LN

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    Sep 21, 2013 12:01 PM (in response to cbmcn)

    HI, I got the same issue. the workaround is to copy the photos to your desktop only then move those to a folder or external sd card/drive. That seems to work. If I try to export or drag and drop the photos to a new folder or sdcard it crashes after 5 photos.

     

    I got a similar error log as above.

     

    Maybe the library is corrupted?? I didn't get the error before but recently I've been trying to export the photos out of the library to an sd card .. then it asked me to recreate the thumbnail images.. then the crash started to occur.

     

    Any suggestions,

     

    -Wil

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,630 points)
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    Sep 21, 2013 12:15 PM (in response to wilpowr2k)

    That original post makes no mention of SD cards or the location exported to. In your case the problem is most likely related to the format of the card you were exporting to. Given that iPhoto can export to a folder on the desktop, that's the obvious suspicion. Most of these devices are formatted one of the MS-DOS FAT formats and these have a strict limit on the number of items that can be on the top level of the volume. Putting the files into a folder sidesteps this.

  • wilpowr2k Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 21, 2013 12:32 PM (in response to cbmcn)

    Hi Terence,

     

    The SD card is from my camera, it worked before until I got a message from iPhoto to regenerate my library thumbnails. After that it didn't work so well. I still have problem exporting to folders on my desktop, sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,630 points)
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    Sep 21, 2013 12:46 PM (in response to wilpowr2k)

    Then that card is certainly formatted as FAT.

     

    What export settings are you using?

  • wilpowr2k Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 21, 2013 4:55 PM (in response to cbmcn)

    Hi Terrence,

     

    I just did a test.

     

    I export to the desktop by dragging the file from iPhoto to a folder on the desktop.

    Then I move those files to the SD card.

     

    It seems to be more consistent now and works. I guess you're right, it doesn't seem to work as well when I go directly to the SD card. However, it does take a while for it to export. I guess the files are in RAW and it has to convert them to JPEG.

     

    Thanks for your input nevertheless.

     

     

    Is there a way to tell it to export RAW (original files ) rather then converting them to JPEG?

     

    Thanks,

     

    -Wil

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,810 points)
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    Sep 21, 2013 5:18 PM (in response to wilpowr2k)

    Sure - export with kind = original  --  see the user tip on exporting for details of the export options

     

    LN

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,630 points)
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    Sep 21, 2013 10:46 PM (in response to wilpowr2k)

    I export to the desktop by dragging the file from iPhoto to a folder on the desktop.

    Then I move those files to the SD card.

     

    Drag and drop just gets the iPhoto Previews.

     

    The File -> Export command gets you a lot more options.

  • wilpowr2k Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 22, 2013 2:06 AM (in response to cbmcn)

    Hi Terrence and Larry,

     

    Yes, the export does allow more options.

     

    On a side note, I wonder if you guys can point me to a thread or know the answer to another dilema of mine.

     

    I'm having trouble with getting audio with Adobe Flash content web courses running in Safari.

    I tried changing the MIDI settings to 44100 khz at 16 bit channels. but doesn't seem to work. My

    Flash is up todate. The video shows up but just no sound. I'm able to view flash content from youtube.com

    ok.

     

    Don't know why the flash content from online course won't work.

     

    I also try the same site on firefox, IE, and Google Chrome.. doesn't seem to resolve the audio issue.

    I'm guessing there's some setting in the web content that controls the audio I should look into??

     

    Thanks,

     

    -Wil

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,630 points)
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    Sep 22, 2013 4:02 AM (in response to wilpowr2k)

    Sorry but I wouldn't have a clue. I'd ask that on the Using Mac OS X forum for your version of the OS

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