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My understanding of GB and iMovie is this. My problems occur when iDVD renders my iMovie ie. when iMovie shares to iDVD.
But if I get the iMovie into GB then GB shares to iDVD, I can get iDVD to render a GB file; not an iMovie file! Wow, did that make sense?
Idvd seems to screw up the sound from iMovie if it is too complex, but is fine with the sound from GB.
Hi F. Farmer,
In case I've missed this in the thread, could I ask - is the 300MB Maxtor drive (on which your project resides) formatted as Mac OS Extended (HFS Plus)?
My understanding is that iMovie requires this formatting, as distinct from a Windows type format (FAT32 or similar). I've read in other posts that iMovie performs erratically if the project is stored on an incorrectly formatted disk.
Just thought this was worth a try!
To check the format - open Finder, control click on the Disk, then click on Get Info. The box that appears will show the format of the disk (you probably know all this).
All I know is that I solved similar problems with:
enough free space on my (ext/int) HD
put the processor of my Mac on maximum capacity
choosing the right configuration of my ext. HD
select in iMovie preferences -->playback-->the right playback option (experiment I think I did put it on lower picture qaulity/fluent)
John makes a very good point.
Even if the drive has the Mac OS Extended disk format, it may be worth copying the project to a freshly reformatted external drive. If that doesn't help, try setting the drive to ignore permissions. (In the drive's Get Info window.)
We've seen evidence in the past that iMovie gets confused about permissions, and that certain drives are improved by reformatting. There might be a connection.
I'm trying this now,curious if this helps.
In the meantime I have another problem.
Importing into iM from my Canon MV 700 was also a problem with the 400Gb LaCie external hd.When connected with firewire I couldn't import at all,iM kept telling me that there was no camera connected.When I connected the hd with USB2 iM did see the camera,but I could only import 1 or 2 seconds and then it quit.As soon as the hd was disconnected there was no problem.
I've just purchased en new Freecom 400gb hd,and that gives the same problem.
I've also a LaCie 80Gb hd and that gives no problems.
The drive already ignores Permissions.
I've had the same iMovie problem on brand new formatted external drives, FW400 & 800. (I thought the problem was because they were external but now I feel it's just an iMovie problem -- external FW800 or FW400 should work fine with iMovie). I had another thread going, in this forum, on this issue a few months ago. Afterwards, I decided to just concentrate on using an internal drive for iMovie projects. Sadly, the problem continues!
The internal 300G drive where my project (36G) is, has 145G of free space, which should be more than adequate. It used to have 180G of free space and I was still having the stuttering problem. It's not the drive, because the problem went away when I deleted several extracted audio clips, and returned when I re-imported them.
Mac processor at maximum capacity..... I'm not sure what you mean by this. I have 1G of RAM, and I don't run any other applications while using iMovie. I also always relaunch Finder before launching iMovie.
Right config of external drive.....? I'm not using an external drive. I have five of them, but they've been all shut OFF while I'm working on this project. The externals are for backup and I only turn them on when I'm ready to create a backup. So while on this project, I'm using only two INTERNAL drives, one 80G (only half full) for OSX & applications, the other 300G (about half full) for the project files. Both drives are Mac OS Extended.
My iMovie preferences are set for playback at the lowest quality. Made no difference to the problem.
Thanks for your thoughts. Keep 'em coming!! I'm open to all suggestions!
I'm beginning to wonder if re-installing iMovie would help. What do you think?____
Free space and configuration HD is in your case of course not apllicable (I was answering somebody else I thougt (-:
I managed to improve playback performance by putting the processor on maximum performance. You can do this with systempreferences.
Hopefully you can solve your problem I am "out of ammunition".
Thanks for your tip. I have some overlapping audio clips. I'll change them so they don't overlap. Sounds promising! (But I do like overlapped audio sometimes -- especially when one scene is dissolving into another; I don't like the way the dissolve transition handles audio). I also overlap a music soundtrack when I want to extend (make it longer).
I'll let you know what happens.....
You're the man! (person!)....
I downloaded QT 7.1.1 following your tip, and at first pass, looks like iMovie is now working OK. I just tested a few minutes of playback and it was fine. Gotta run now, so I'll do more testing later.
Thanks for sharing your finding. This should make a lot of people happy.
P.S. I haven't yet changed my overlapping audio clips as suggested in another message in this forum. Hopefully, I won't have to.
A few hours later, I'm back testing the results of updating to QT 7.1.1.
Sad to report the stutter has returned. It seemed fine for a while, but it has reared its ugly head again. I noted that the update info for QT 7.1.1 made no mention of fixing this particular problem, but then I thought maybe Apple didn't want to admit this problem existed. Hmmmmmmm.... I'm looking forward to an update for iMovie.
Hang in there. We'll beat this thing yet.