2 Replies Latest reply: Mar 18, 2010 6:44 PM by Brooklyn Lion
Brooklyn Lion Level 1 (0 points)
While editing imovie, the program occasionally freezes and then quits with message stating that imovie has quitted unexpectedly. I have to relaunch the program to continue working. Any ideas as to the cause and any solutions are appreciated.

iMac Desktop, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 (19,450 points)

    May be my old list can be of help.

    *Not knowing the origin to Your problem - General approach when in trouble is as follows.*

    • Free space on internal (start-up) hard disk if it is less than 10Gb should rather have 25Gb

    • Delete iMovie pref file - or rather start a new user/account - log into this and re-try

    iMovie pref file resides.

    Mac Hard Disk (start-up HD)/Users/"Your account"/Library/Preferences

    and is named. *com.apple.iMovie.plist *

    While iMovie is NOT RUNNING - move this file out to desk-top.
    Now restart iMovie.

    • Hard disk is untidy. Repair Permissions, Repair Hard disk (Apple Disc Util tool)

    • Garageband-fix. Start it, Play a note and Close it. Re-try (Corrects an audio problem that hinders iMovie)

    • Screen must be set to Million-colors

    • Third party plug-ins that doesn't work OK (not relevant for iMovie’08 or 09)

    iMovie updated ?
    QuickTime updated ?
    Mac OS version ?

    • Program miss-match. iMovie 5.0.2, up to Mac OS X.4.11 AND QuickTime 7.4.1 - is OK
    • Program miss-match. iMovie 6.0.3 or 6.0.4, Mac OS X.4.11 AND QuickTime 7.4.1 - is OK (might work under Leopard)
    • Program miss-match. iMovie’08 v. 7.0.1, Mac OS X.4.11 AND QuickTime 7.4.1 - is OK (might work under Leopard)

    From LKN 1935. (in this case = iMovie HD (5), I tried it all, but nothing worked.
    Your answer (above) has been helpfull insofar as all the different trials led to the conclusion that
    there was something wrong with my iMovie software. I therefore threw everything away and reinstalled
    iMovie from the HD. After that the exportation of DV videos (there has not been any problem with HDV videos)
    to my Sony camcorders worked properly as it did before.

    Lennart Thelander
    I run "Cache Out X", clear out all caches and restarts the Mac.

    Yours Bengt W
  • Brooklyn Lion Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for your suggestions. I'll give it a try.