13 Replies Latest reply: May 4, 2014 2:08 PM by GeeD
Uncleants Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have just upgraded to Mavericks and then upgraded iMovie. It said it had to convert the old iMovie library but that never completed and I had to restart the iMac and now when I start iMovie all my projects have disappeared (the actual files are still on the hard disk). Help!!!


OS X Mavericks (10.9)
  • 1. Re: All projects disappeared after Mavericks upgrade
    James Cude Level 4 Level 4 (1,155 points)
    • Close iMovie
    • Delete files called "UpdatedtoiMovie10..." from the iMovie Events and iMovie Project folders.
    • Open iMovie again,
    • Click File>Update Projects and Events.
  • 2. Re: All projects disappeared after Mavericks upgrade
    F Shippey Level 7 Level 7 (21,500 points)

    This solved my problem.  Thanks.

  • 3. Re: All projects disappeared after Mavericks upgrade
    Uncleants Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I followed the advice from James Cude as follows.

     

    I closed iMovie, deleted the specified files from Events and Prohects and restarted iMovie and re-ran the update process. It seemed to start OK but came up woth the message "Some of your projects refer to media that is not available). I OK'd the message and eventually the uodate appeared to complete.

     

    What I then saw were two iMovie Libraries (1 and 2) with seemingly identical entry names. All files were empty in iMovie Library 1 (I assume this was my first update attempt) and files were apprently present in iMovie Library 2. However, my projects were strewn with missing clips.

     

    When I traced back the missing clips they were in fact stored in iPhoto. It appears that iMovie failed to import all my clips stored in iPhoto. IU should add that I had moved both my iPhoto library and original iMovie library to an external USB disk as I was running out of space on the iMac HD and this was working perfectly well with iMovie 11. I am wondering whether iMovie 10 can't cope if the iPhoto library is not on the iMac HD?

     

    In any event, is there a way to 'point' iMovie 10 to my iPhoto linrary so it can find all the mnissing clips?

     

    Thanks

     

    PS Apple - This is beyond inexcusable.

  • 4. Re: All projects disappeared after Mavericks upgrade
    Uncleants Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for this. I have posted my experiences in a reply to my original post.

  • 5. Re: All projects disappeared after Mavericks upgrade
    DAYALA Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Did as suggested but it did not update all events and projects.  ???

  • 6. Re: All projects disappeared after Mavericks upgrade
    vbel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    HELP PLEASE

     

    "Some of your projects refer to media that is not available. There are files missing from your existing iMovie projects and events that cannot be restored on update.”

     

     

    I backed up the folders with clips and pics as long with the iMovie Project created in iMovie 8 onto an external memory drive because I purchased a new Mac.

    Now, Im trying to run that project under my new Macbook pro, maverick 10.9, iMovie version 10.0.1 with no luck.

     

    I tried: deleting the files named “UpdatedToiMovie10” in the imovie folders (events / projects) and doing Files: "Update projects and events” in the new imovie version, with no luck. the message

    "Some of your projects refer to media that is not available. There are files missing from your existing iMovie projects and events that cannot be restored on update.” keeps popping.

    I also tried to import all the folders in the external drive to iPhoto. evrything, pics and clips too. No luck when Uptading

     

    PLEASE I need help, that movie is for work. Im in so much trouble. Is there any way to recover that project so I can finalise it and burn it?

     

    Thank you in advance mac-ers!

  • 7. Re: All projects disappeared after Mavericks upgrade
    Uncleants Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    In the end I gave up! I have kept my iMovie 9 (iLife '11) projects on iMovie 9 though I cannot do anything with them unless I re-import the missing clips from my iPhoto library one by one and frankly life's too short.

     

    I am creating all my new movies in iMovie 10 but will import movie clips directly into iMovie 10 rather than store them in iPhoto (they are all taken on my Canon DSLR and it was easier just to let iPhoto import the entire SIM card including movies and let iMovie link to them. Not any more!).

     

    FWIW I think it was crazy that Movie 10 now stores projects in an events folder as it assumes vevery project only uses clips from that event. Although you can use clips from other events in any project, I would still prefer to have a separate folder for projects especially those that use clips from mulitple events and are therefore not directly associated with any particular event.

  • 8. Re: All projects disappeared after Mavericks upgrade
    GeeD Level 4 Level 4 (2,565 points)

    Yes, moving your iPhoto library has broken the links to it in your events folder.  If you can temporarily move iPhoto, Projects and Events folders back to where they were, you will probably find that all the links work again (I can't guarantee this but its worth a try).

     

    Before moving back to the new locactions you need to run iMovie 9 and consolidate your media  (File - Consolidate Media).  This will copy all the linked files into the events folder so it can be moved safely and will no longer be dependent on the iPhoto folder.

     

    If you find iMovie 9 won't start anymore see my 3rd post in:  https://discussions.apple.com/thread/5636832?tstart=0

     

    I hope this helps.

  • 9. Re: All projects disappeared after Mavericks upgrade
    Marble Rye Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Uncleants wrote:

     

    PS Apple - This is beyond inexcusable.

    Cannot say this enough. Have had my son's home videos in iMovie since he was born 5 years ago. Now they're gone. All of them. I can see the project's titles but there is no content whatsoever. No clips or anything. And the deletion of the "UpdatedtoiMovie10" files didn't work either.

     

    This is not new when it comes to Apple over the past few years. Every time there's an upgrade something really huge gets nixed or otherwise screwed up. Calendar snoozes from a few years ago, to recently them taking away hardwire syncing between iTunes and our iPhones and iPad, and now this. Getting very tired of jumping through hoops only to find that none of the recommended Band-Aids do not work. Apple, get back to your roots and cater to the more sophisticated computer user who needs simplicity and ease and not to the ear-budded, oblivious hipster.

     

    All the problems I've had to deal with, I'm entitled to some rage if no reasonable or sensible solution (to wit: no hoops or band-aids) is presented.

  • 10. Re: All projects disappeared after Mavericks upgrade
    GeeD Level 4 Level 4 (2,565 points)

    Don't forget that this is only a user's forum - we are just users like you, not Apple reps.

     

    Apple has indeed made enormous changes in iMovie 10 and dropped a lot of stuff it considers as obsolescent. Its a pity it didn't make this clear though and as a result a lot of people, expecting behaviour like iMovie 9, have got into a mess with the upgrade.   Nevertheless I updated to iMovie 10 without any problem and I prefer it.  Final Cut Pro 10.1 is the application to use if you really want powerful capabilities though and I have now switched to that.

     

    Geoff.

  • 11. Re: All projects disappeared after Mavericks upgrade
    danidanz08 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    HI James,

    I can't even find where I go to deleted Upgraded imovie 10 files.  If I close I imovie I can't access event.

    Help. Having a melt down

     

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  • 12. Re: All projects disappeared after Mavericks upgrade
    danidanz08 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi There, I am trying to get help. I upgraded and ALL my videos are gone. 

    I have tried doing what James suggested by searching UpdatedtoiMovie10

    and my computer can find that.

    Where the heck is that?

     

    Please someone help me  I am not a MAC guru.. and get by.

    I need all my memories back. 

     

    Thanks,

    Devastated Danielle

  • 13. Re: All projects disappeared after Mavericks upgrade
    GeeD Level 4 Level 4 (2,565 points)

    There will be a file called "UpdatedtoiMovie10" in your iMove Projects folder and also in your iMovie Events folder.  These are put there by imovie 10 to prevent updating more than once.  Since James is recommending trying updating again you have to trash these two files first.  The iMovie Projects and Events folders will be in your "Movies" folder unless you are using an external disk or different partition in which case they will be at the root level of that drive or partition.

     

    Geoff.