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Imovie 11 export problem. Not enough room in Heap Zone. I have 32GB of RAM!

98208 Views 85 Replies Latest reply: Nov 8, 2013 12:32 PM by gilhouse RSS
  • TSTECH Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I am having the exact same issue!! I have a Macbook Pro 13" with 10.8.2, 4gb memory and 500 gb hard. I only have imovie open, I have restarted and cleaned out alot of files and emptied the trash can. This is rediculous!

  • cruz21105 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I only have this problem on my MAC Laptop........I do not have an issue when I do a project on my iMac 27 inch with 16GB of mem.

    My laptop had 8 GB of mem.

  • Gary92373 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I know its been two years since your post on heap zone error, but your solution worked.  After much research and frustration your solution worked...Thanks

  • muddy_mike Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Oh Brian, I had such high hopes from others' responses that your Apple Intermediate Codec technique would solve the problem... alas, I get about 4 min into the export and then I get heap zoned yet again.  I've rebooted about 20 times, exported using every method and size, renamed the project, freed up every bit of memory I possibly can, and I still get heap zoned...I guess I'll never get to show anyone this 6 min long video.

     

    Apple, I agree with the previous complaints about the need for an iMovie update or something to solve this.  The fact that this issue has lasted for so long is pretty disgraceful.  But I don't know why I even mention Apple, it's not like anyone from Apple will ever read this.

     

    My only solution-- try to convince my company to purchase FinalCut.

  • samosrules Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I HAVE THE SOLUTION! "heap zone error"

     

     

    AFTER YOU HAVE TRIED ALL OF THE SO CALLED "EXPERTS" IDEAS, AND NONE OF THEM WORK SIMPLY DO THESE STEPS, I JUST DID IT AND IT WORKED FOR ME!

     

     

    Go to imovie>your project>you must delete all your effects that you have put on your videos

     

     

     

     

    im sorry you must delete all the effects that you have varied across your videos but here is a step to get them back!

     

     

    after you delete all the effects, simply export your effectless project to your documents, than after its exported, create a new project in iMovie, create a new event as well, upload the exported project from your documents into that new event, than copy and paste different sections from your exported effectless project into the new storyboard than add your effects again to the parts you want, than it should be exportable!

     

     

    THIS WORKED FOR ME!

  • samosrules Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I HAVE THE SOLUTION! "heap zone error"

     

     

    AFTER YOU HAVE TRIED ALL OF THE SO CALLED "EXPERTS" IDEAS, AND NONE OF THEM WORK SIMPLY DO THESE STEPS, I JUST DID IT AND IT WORKED FOR ME!

     

     

    Go to imovie>your project>you must delete all your effects that you have put on your videos

     

     

     

     

    im sorry you must delete all the effects that you have varied across your videos but here is a step to get them back!

     

     

    after you delete all the effects, simply export your effectless project to your documents, than after its exported, create a new project in iMovie, create a new event as well, upload the exported project from your documents into that new event, than copy and paste different sections from your exported effectless project into the new storyboard than add your effects again to the parts you want, than it should be exportable!

     

     

    THIS WORKED FOR ME!

  • joeke Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Brian Flaherty, THANKS! It worked for me and the baccalaureate and graduation festivities owe you. The frustrations caused more gray but not to the point of pulling out my hair thanks to you...

  • SpyderGlider Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    The first hint that worked for me!!! Thank you so much!!!

  • jiming Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Just got my 21 inch iMac with latest Intel i7 Haswell (4th generation) CPU, 16GB RAM, 1TB of HDD (plenty of available space since it is still new).  Now, I am having the same "Not Enough Memory" problem when I am trying to export a movie I have just made.  I had this problem with my previous 2008 iMac, which had only 4GB of RAM.  I thought memory size was the problem, but I have now proven that it is not a DRAM size problem.  And, since I have not installed or run too many applications in the background.  I have concluded that iMovie does have a memory management issue.

     

    Com'on, Apple, fix it.

  • bill2975 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Try Brian's workaround from an earlier post.

     

    I had the "heap" error and finally tried this workaround:

     

    1. Use iMovie to "Export using Quicktime",
    2. Video Settings:  Compression Type = Apple Intermediate Codec;   Preset = HDV 1080p;  Size (in my case) = 1920 x 1080.
    3. Audio Settings:  Apple Lossless
    4. Export =  Movie to Quicktime Movie  (the exported file was 33.64GB!)
    5. Open the newly published movie in Quicktime Player, and then Export it (I used the "PC and Mac" setting).  The exported file became 2.36GB, if you can believe it.
    6. In iTunes, "Add to Library" the exported movie.
    7. The export worked, and the file is H.264 1080.  It played perfectly on my Apple TV ver 3 at 1080p.
  • gilhouse Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Did not help me.

    But then again, I have the parm error, not the heap error.

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