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iMovie Generating Thumbnails Forever

24477 Views 19 Replies Latest reply: Aug 14, 2008 2:25 PM by David Portela RSS
  • rb12345 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 22, 2008 9:56 PM (in response to The_Mighty_Boosh)
    I feel your pain. I switched to Mac last year. With in a year I went from 2 PC's running windows, to now owning a mac book pro, iMac, and apple TV, and of course the ipod. Most all is good, but iMovie is horrible. It just doesn't work. I spent hours converting 90+ gigs of home videos to mpeg4, just so iMovie could read the files. I then started working with my new video files, which are 5.1 surround and captured in mpeg2 on my sony dvd cam. I'm getting closer to figuring out how to get the vido into iMovie, but I'm having to jump through countless hoops. And to think this is one of the main reason I went to Mac. Thank goodness this is my main problem. I won't, however, recommend apple to anyone until this iMovie issue is resolved. From the iMovie standpoint, I feel ripped off. I left Microsoft in hopes of a better experience. Apple better get this fixed soon. I already convinced 3 different individuals to stay away from getting a mac until iMovie issue is resolved. All three of them said that being able to edit their home videos was very important. I let them try and edit their videos on my mac book pro. After their experience, every single one of them decided to stay away for now. Two of them are now with Vista.
    Mac Book Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • RandyKB Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 29, 2008 10:16 AM (in response to gtxp)
    I had the same issue with thumbnails taking forever (1000 minutes plus) to load. I ended up solving the problem through iPhoto. Here are the steps I took:

    1) Back up iPhoto library and restart computer
    2) Repair disk permissions using Disk Utility in the Utilities folder
    3) Hold down the Option and Control keys while opening iPhoto
    4) Check all the boxes in the dialog box that pops up and start the process
    5) Wait until iPhoto does it's thing!! Be patient, don't touch anything until this is done!! It may take a few hours depending on how big your library is
    6) When it's finished and you have your iPhoto library showing again, open iMovie and the thumbnails should be there
    iMac G5, Mac OS X (10.5.3)
  • RandyKB Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 29, 2008 10:20 AM (in response to gtxp)
    I had the same issue with thumbnails taking forever (1000 minutes plus) to load. I ended up solving the problem through iPhoto. Here are the steps I took:

    1) Back up iPhoto library and restart computer
    2) Repair disk permissions using Disk Utility in the Utilities folder
    3) Hold down the Option and Control keys while opening iPhoto
    4) Check all the boxes in the dialog box that pops up and start the process
    5) Wait until iPhoto does it's thing!! Be patient, don't touch anything until this is done!! It may take a few hours depending on how big your library is
    6) When it's finished and you have your iPhoto library showing again, open iMovie and the thumbnails should be there
    iMac G5, Mac OS X (10.5.3)
  • carlosabel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 23, 2008 5:40 AM (in response to baudelaire)
    I have made an application to compress your imovie 08 thumbnails (and your movies if you want).

    This addresses the problem of the thumbnails sometimes being bigger than the movie itself when using imovie 08.

    With this simple program you will be able to reduce the size of your events library in several gigabytes.

    This application compresses all the thumbnails with only one click!

    to see it visit: http://imovie08compressor.blogspot.com/
    macbook 2.0, Mac OS X (10.5.2), 2gb ram
  • David Portela Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Aug 14, 2008 2:25 PM (in response to stickmanpar)
    I've posted a workaround with a detailed explanation of why I think this happens here:

    http://splinterinyourmind.com/2008/08/14/workaround-for-imovie-08-taking-a-long- time-forever-to-generate-thumbnails/

    Short answer: make sure you are importing the video into a new event. Importing into large existing events causes iMovie to re-generate thumbnails +for the entire event+, wasting hours of your processor power and time.
    MacBook Core 2 Duo (Black), Mac OS X (10.5.4)
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