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Can't see iPhoto movies from the iMovie Event Browser

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Wayne Henderson Level 3 Level 3 (580 points)
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Sep 26, 2009 1:37 PM
Has anyone figured this out yet? In iMovie (iLife 09), clicking on "iPhoto Videos" in the event browser gives me the "No matching video" message. All my video clips in iPhoto are .avi files from digital cameras.

The iMovie documentation says that it may not see movie file formats unless they are compatible, and does not list avi as a compatible format.

Can anyone please confirm that iMovie does or does not "see" avi clips from iPhoto? Do I need to convert all the avi clips to .mov files to get iMovie to see them properly?
Dual G5 2GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • AndyGump Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I too have this issue with iMovie and iPhoto not cooperating like they once did. I don't think that it is an issue with format but rather something with the interface between the two applications. I can import my videos from iPhoto into iMovie by other means and the videos work fine, it is just that I can't do the same by clicking the iPhoto Video icon in the Event Library of iMovie. I first notice this in the spring or early summer of '09. I tried format conversion and had no luck. My Apple Care expired so I don't have them to call on for help.

    iMac4,1, Mac OS X (10.6.1), 2 GB DDR2 SDRAM, otherwise standard machine
  • AndyGump Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, this was the solution for me as well. Get rid of the music or eliminate the slideshows and the connection works as described, the thumbnails get rebuilt and the iPhoto videos reappear.

    iMac4,1, Mac OS X (10.6.1), 2 GB DDR2 SDRAM, otherwise standard machine
  • lovelight Calculating status...
    How do you turn off the music to get this to work? Is it in iphoto itself or is it in imovie? I am having the most frustrating time doing this... Please help!! THANKS!
    mac os x, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • lovelight Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    10.5.8 please
    mac os x, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • lovelight Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    i have the videos in the iphoto that are labeled as "MOV0123"
    mac os x, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • asheri Calculating status...
    I spend a few hours on the phone with apple today. I worked my way up to an expert who was a wizard. A few things: 1) he knew about the work-around (turning off the sound in your slideshows), however it does not seem to work for everybody. 2) I had the same problem as reported on this original post, but my problem worsened and iMovie was unable to completely start up. I wont explain all the details here, but there is a known limitation with the conduit between iPhoto and iMovie 09: if you have a great number of movie files in iPhoto, when you try to pull these movies up in iMovie from the Event Library, there is a major bottle neck. iMovie tries to source these files via iPhoto and if you have too many movies in iPhoto (I had 1,595) or the individual movie files are very large, iMovie will stall, unexpectedly quit, or as in my case, completely fail to start. The remedy: export all your movie out of iPhoto to a folder on your desktop and then import them directly into iMovie. (as stated a few other times above). Yes, this is a limitation, however, it's actually faster and you will be less likely to have a issue of a broken video link in the future. Good Luck.
    2.4 iMac, 4 GHz Ram, 750 GB Internal, Mac OS X (10.6.2), 4 TB Drobo, 20" Apple Cinema Display, Apple TV
  • dowdellea Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Folks, this is NOT answered. There is a workaround, OK, but it's not answered. Having 1500 or so videos in iPhoto is not an unreasonable amount for the iMovie/iPhoto conduit to deal with. Come on, let's not give up so easily. Apple, can you please fix this bug? Just do a google for "imovie 09 iphoto videos quits" and see just how many people are having this issue.

    Any real fixes, keep them coming....

    iMac 24"
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