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7136 Views 18 Replies Latest reply: Mar 13, 2008 7:40 AM by macyakayak
Good news. Called APL-CARE last night. They were great, by the way, only 20 minutes on hold, which is amazing just a few days after a major OS release. They suggested the following:
-Be sure to run the iLife 8.1.1 Update and the iMovie 7.1 Update.
-From folder: Home / "Library", drag out the "Cache" folder to the desktop (don't trash it just yet).
-From folder: Home / Library / "Preferences", drag out the "com.apple.iMovie7.plist" file to the desktop (don't trash it just yet).
-This resolved some of my issues, but not all; if not - continue:
-From the Movies folder, COPY your iMovie Events and iMovie Projects and paste them into Users / "Shared".
-If you used iPhoto images or iTunes music in any of your projects, copy your iPhoto Library and your iTunes folder and paste them into Users / "Shared".
-In the System Preferences panel, click on Accounts and set up a new User Account (call it iMovie Salvation, perhaps?).
-Log On to the new user account.
-From the Users / "Shared" folder, copy the iMovie Events and iMovie Projects that transferred from the main account and paste them into the "Movies" folder. If needed, copy the iPhoto Library into the "Pictures" folder and the iTunes folder into the "Music" folder.
-Launch iMovie in this new environment. Everything should work fine. Your Events and Projects, as well as iPhoto and iTunes libraries should all be accessible. Your filmstrips should be fine. Confirm that everything is OK; all my stuff was perfect in my case. You're almost there. Quit iMovie.
-From the Applications folder, COPY the "iMovie" application and paste it into Users / "Shared".
-Log back into your main user account.
-From the Users / "Shared" folder, copy the "iMovie" application that transferred from the new user account and paste it into the Applications folder, overwriting the existing iMovie app.
-This made the salvaged iMovie application completely normal within my main user account. Everything was preserved with a few minor exceptions:
-The fonts changed in my titles.
-Some songs that I renamed in iTunes somewhere along the way were no longer audible within the project; I had to reimport those from iTunes and place them again.
-Once you are convinced all is well, delete the new user account you created so you don't have multiple versions of your Projects floating around, unless you want to keep these.
The AppleCare technicians were fantastic; they got me started with some of these procedures, I figured out some on my own. They also referred my case to the programmers in the iLife area and I was told if they come up with any more ideas or tips they would let me know.
Hope this helps!iMac 20in 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 1GB Ram, 250GB HD, Mac OS X (10.5)
My fix is alot easier than apples. In the Library/quicktime folder you need to look at each DivX file and check it using "get info" or "more info". Under Kind, you keep the one that says (Universal). The older DivX files go to the trash. After I did that, everything worked perfectly.
ShermMacBook Pro Intel, Mac OS X (10.5)
Does not work for me. If I open a new user account iMovie 7.1 starts perfectly in the new environment. Followed your steps but iMovie hangs again.MacBook Pro 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.5)
Have a similar issue to CCJE. I have a new Mac Book Pro, Leopard 10.5 and the new iMovie 08. When I open iMovie and try to import a .mov file or a .mp4 file they are greyed out and I am unable to proceed. I have downloaded and installed iLife Support 8.11. When I revert back to iMovie 06, the movies import just fine. This is killing me because I am doing this for work and am under deadline.Mac Book Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.1), 3 gigs of memory
I had the same issue and re-installed iLife '08, then updated to the latest version and it looks OK now. Looks like I probably just didn't have the latest version of iMovie.
ThanksMacbook Pro, Macbook, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
I did what Race86 did and it finally worked. Just delete everything in the library/quicktime folder that isn't in the shape of a lego. After a long time monkeying with this, this fix is a great relief.MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
I too tried what Race86 said and it worked. I spent just shy of 45 min. on the phone with apple and they said to re-install when I back home where my disks are. That did pretty much nothing. As far as I can tell this is what apple needs to advise people to do.2.0 Ghz white Macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
I did everything you said, except I dont have the file titled "com.apple.iMovie7.plist"!!!! It doesnt even exist in my computer. I also tried downloading the iMovie update from apple, and when I tried installing it... it said a valid iMovie application could not be found in the Applications folder...but when I checked, there it was.
Still does not work! When I try to open iMovie, the icon bounces around for about 20 seconds and then the message appears: "The application has suddenly quit" or whatever it said.Mac OS X (10.5.1)