3 Replies Latest reply: Aug 22, 2010 7:01 AM by Ron Ellis
sakmee64 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi. I am writing about my MBP with snow leopard and my iMac G5 with Tiger. On both of the macs, I use iMOvie HD (06) because it works better for stop motion, has more special visual effects and came with a lot of audio sound effects. this week, I noticed the MBP did not allow me to see audio sound effects usually seen in "iLife Sounds". I went to my old iMAC G5 and tried to find them. I found them by doing a search of all .aif sounds. I then put them into a folder to import into my MBP itunes. My son went to the iMac G5 to work on his movie and said "Hey Dad, what did not you do to the sound effects? The iLife sound effects folder is empty!" From iMovie HD, the folder is empty but my going to the Library Audio Apple Loops Apple folder, I saw that all the sounds were present as .caf files. For some reason, my iMOVIE HD is not recognizing these sounds as being present. I went to my MBP and saw that the folder also is full of .caf files which my MBP does not see. Any explanations why both computers lost the ability at the same time? Any solutions besides finding the .aif files and dragging them into itunes? Thanks for your help, Andy

iMac G5 (2007 model) 1.83 Intel Chip, OSX 10.4.11, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • sakmee64 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi. I found the following tip elsewhere and it worked!!!


    followed these instructions found on a different forum:

    raz-n-co
    Posts: 4
    From: Colorado
    Registered: Jan 18, 2008

    Re: iLife Sound Effects
    Posted: Mar 19, 2008 7:53 AM in response to: Pocketed4

    Solution: Go to /Library/Audio/Apple Loops/Apple/iLife Sound Effects/
    Then drag and drop all of the audio files into a new iMovie HD project.
    It will convert them.
    Then drag and drop them out of iMovie HD into the above folder, or create a new one.
    if you created a new one then drag and drop the folder into the media section of iMovie HD onto the folder list. (this will register it with iMovie HD)
    You can select them all and then copy and paste to the folder and they will be there in both formats. Don't delete the .caf as other apps us that extension.

    You now have aiff format audio files visible to iMovie HD.
  • Ziatron Level 4 Level 4 (3,515 points)
    On both of the macs, I use iMOvie HD (06) because it works better for stop motion, has more special visual effects and came with a lot of audio sound effects. this week


    Most iLife 09 owners I know use iMovie 06 also. Glad to hear you found the problem.
  • Ron Ellis Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
    I also found that if you still have the iLife Sound Effects folder from an older OS (Tiger etc) in aif format, you can just copy & rename each of the 13 effects folders (for example, Ambiance aif), and then add them to the iLife Sound Effects folder.

    Both caf and aif folders will show up in the media sections of iMovie HD and iMovie 09. The iMovie HD will play the aif effects, and iMovie 09 will play either caf or aif.

    The only real difference is the aif files are about 5.5 times bigger - only an issue for rendering times with older Macs.