I tried all the options including Marco's without success. Ultimately, I decided to try to repair the iphoto library (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2638). By holding down CTRL and OPTION while starting iPhoto, I simply reselected the same iPhoto Library. iPhoto opened just fine and when I opened iMovie, I was prompted to regenerate the thumbnails, putting the "iPhoto Videos" option back into the Event Library
Thank you for posting this solution. It solved my issue (sort of). iMovie 11 wasn't seeing any of the recent movies I had added to iPhoto 11. I tried rebuilding everything in iPhoto (holding Option + Command while launching iPhoto), but it still didn't work. Pages could see my videos in the media browser, but iMovie didn't seem to want to acknowledge their existence. I would launch iMovie and it would ask to generate high resolution thumbnails. I would click "Now" and the progress bar would appear and then vanish. No new movies.
I moved the ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.iMovieApp.plist out to my desktop as a backup and relaunched iMovie. It searched iPhoto and rebuilt its library. My new videos were in there.
As a test, I took another video with my iPhone, added it to iPhoto, and relaunched iMovie. The same issue. It asked to generate high resolution thumbnails, but failed to find my new video. Unless I can find a better solution, I'll just have to clear out that .plist file every time I need iMovie to find my videos. Frustrating, but better than before.
2+ years on, this solution worked for me. iMovie would not show any of my Aperture video clips. The message that iMovie was giving me was "no video clips match the current selection".
I think the important thing here was that my video files in Aperture, like my photos, are all referenced, ie. saved outside of the aperture library itself.
Creating the Volumes 'Symbolic Link' with the following command made iMovie see my Aperture video files on next restart. This was what I typed into Terminal:
ln -s /Volumes /Aperture\ Library/Aperture\ Library.aplibrary/Masters/Volumes
My Aperture library is stored in a folder called Aperture Library in the root of my second hard drive.
Marco Laurenzano wrote:
Here is how I fixed it: open the Terminal and type (provided that you have the iPhoto Library in its default location otherwise fix the path with what it is)
ln -s /Volumes ~/Pictures/iPhoto\ Library/Masters/Volumes
it will create a symbolic link inside the iPhoto Library bundle so that the paths that are stored in iMovie will have sense.
I doesn't seem to affect iPhoto. I haven't tried to import new pictures into iPhoto to see if that link disappears but you can always recreate it.
This is what Imovie looks like for me. No Iphoto under event library.
I have tried deleting this file (imovie does regenerate thumnails afterwards):
Did al of the repair or rebuild things and emtied trash:
Done all of onxy's things, repaired my hard drive and start up disk via disk utility. Restarted, shut down, etc.
Iphoto and Imovie are 11.
What else should I try?
I have noticed if this happens. I close everything. Shoot a 15 second bogus video clip with my camera. Slide the sd card in iMac. iPhoto opens. I import that clip. Wait until all is imported and any face detection stops. Remove sd card by ejecting. Then open iMovie. I am then asked to generate new clips. I say now.
It seems like it forces iMovie to redo everything.
If this doesn't work. Try another camera to shoot a short bogus clip and retry it.
Also. IMO. iPhoto is NOT a place to store video clips. I take mine out of iPhoto immediately and copy/store them in iMovie events. Just like iMovie is not a place to store pics.
I have a fix for this!! Just got off the phone with applesupport.
It has to do with refresing a particular file that allows iMovie to connect with iPhoto. Here's how you do it:
1. close iMovie and iPhoto
2. Hold down OPTION while clicking on iPHOTO
3. create a NEW iphoto library, and select this one
4. put any photo or video in there, then close it
5. open imovie. iphoto videos should pop back up on lower left
6. close imovie
7. hold down option again while clicking on iPhoto. Switch back to original library, open iPHOTO
8. Close iphoto
9. reopen iMovie. Await LOOOOONNNGGG refresh of iPhoto videos
Hope this fixes it for everyone!!
Had the same problem. The iPhoto library disappeared from iMovie all of a sudden. Just solved the problem.
Closed iMovie. Opened iPhoto. Connected my iPhone and downloaded one video to a new event. Closed iPhoto. Opened iMovie. The iPhoto library was there. Refreshed thumbnails. Everything back to normal.
@JeffMark your solution worked. Took a few minutes before I got iPhoto requesting to generate video thumbnails. I may have spurred that by opening the Photos panel and navigating my iPhoto library to a Smart Album of movies.
For what it's worth, I had been using iPhoto Library Manager to split my library. So I may have brought this upon myself.