8 Replies Latest reply: Sep 8, 2010 12:28 AM by John Cogdell
Solo Keita Level 1 (120 points)
I recently upgraded from iMovie '08 to '09 and now not all my iPhoto videos are showing up in iMovie. The only ones that are showing up are the ones that I recently added to iPhoto and then some random old ones. I still have iMovie '08 and when I open it up all the video clips from iPhoto are still in there.

Does anyone know how to transfer the rest of my videos over to iMovie '09 or re-sync iPhoto to iMovie '09?

Or does anyone know where the iMovie thumbnails are stored for the iPhoto videos that are in iMovie?

MacBook Pro Early 2008, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • John Cogdell Level 5 (4,605 points)
    Hi Solo,

    See the information in this Apple article, which I have quoted in full:

    *iMovie '09: iMovie may not load or recognize iPhoto Videos*


    If you are using Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard, iMovie ‘09 may not recognize iPhoto Videos in the iMovie Event Library. This can occur because some older video file formats need to have QuickTime Player 7 installed in order to play.


    To resolve this issue:

    Follow the steps in Installing QuickTime Player 7 on Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard.
    After you install QuickTime Player 7, choose Software Update from the Apple () menu and install any updates related to QuickTime.
    Restart your computer.

    Here is the link to the article, which provides a link to installing QuickTime Player 7:

  • John Cogdell Level 5 (4,605 points)
    In case you missed it Solo, here's the link to installing QuickTime Player 7:

  • Solo Keita Level 1 (120 points)
    Thank you that worked. I'm not home and didn't have my Snow Leopard disc so I just downloaded Quicktime 7 from here... http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/7964/apple-quicktime

    and it remembered my serial number and everything so that was cool.

    It's kind of stupid that I had to do all of this though...
  • John Cogdell Level 5 (4,605 points)
    Thanks for letting us know Solo - good to hear it's now working for you (thanks for the star)! At least Apple did the right thing by posting a fix for this issue. When I upgraded to Snow Leopard, I selected the option to include QuickTime 7 in the upgrade, so haven't experienced any problems like this.

  • BYoder in NC Level 1 (0 points)
    I have QuickTime Player 10, so why is this not working for me?
  • John Cogdell Level 5 (4,605 points)
    QuickTime Player 10 is a special release by Apple, which I think uses different technology to that used in QuickTime Player 7. QT 7 also has a Pro version which can be purchased through the Apple Store. There is no version 8 or 9.

    When first installing Snow Leopard, you are given an option to install QT 7. From memory, the installer did mention something about QT 7 being required for some applications. I chose to install it and haven't had any problems with running any of my applications. I have the Pro version, but my understanding is that you don't need this for the iPhoto/iMovie issue raised in this thread.

    Note that you can have both QT 7 and QT 10 (X) on your Mac. When playing videos etc you can choose either one. The default player is usually version 10.


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  • cwolfpack3 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have the same problem ... can import video from my cell phone to my video folder or to iPhoto and they play fine in Quicktime (player), but iMovie doesn't "see" them in either location. I am using Q-T Player 7.6.6 and the files are in the .3g2 format. I would love to be able to edit them and make short movies to share/export/burn, but cannot pull them into iMovie.

    Thanks for any help you can give!
  • John Cogdell Level 5 (4,605 points)
    Usually any videos in iPhoto appear in iMovie '09 in the item "iPhoto Videos" at the top of the listing in the iMovie Events browser. Clicking on this item (heading) reveals the video thumbnails to the right of the Events listing. However, I've noticed that my old 3gp videos from an earlier mobile phone don't show up in the Events, whereas some other formats do (for example, avi).

    MPEG Streamclip will convert 3gp files to a suitable format for import to iMovie. I'm not sure if it will handle 3g2. In MPEG Streamclip, navigate to your movie and open it, or simply drag it into the workspace. Now export it as a QuickTime movie (.mov) in the format AIC (Apple Intermediate Codec) or H.264. The default settings for these formats should be OK. Both these formats work well with iMovie. I just tested a 3gp movie, exported from MPEG Streamclip as AIC - this worked perfectly with iMovie.

    To import in iMovie go to File>Import - Movies, then navigate to your movie.

    You can download the free MPEG Streamclip here:

    PS After posting this, I realised that you can also export as AIC or H.264 from QuickTime 7.6.6 (although I do have the pro version - not sure if you need that). In QT go to File>Export and select Movie to QuickTime Movie then choose Options and select the format.


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